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"Country Artist Jenna Jentry Follows Independent Path, Prepares Debut Album For 4th Quarter Release"

Dallas-based singer-songwriter scores high-profile summer gigs with The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, Travis Tritt, Jo Dee Messina


(Nashville, Tenn. – Sept. 4, 2012) Texas singer-songwriter Jenna Jentry is bucking Nashville convention and the traditional record label deal as she prepares to self-release her new album, Good As Gold.

An independent artist with a strong DIY ethic, Jentry has been actively involved in the writing and recording process of her debut project, penning 12 of the album’s 13 songs with multi-platinum, Los Angeles-based writer/producer Kevin DeClue (Hilary Duff). “Lovin’ Lazy” is the first single from Good As Gold, a cautionary but catchy number that outlines a relationship hampered by complacency. The track is currently available for purchase at iTunes.

“‘Lovin’ Lazy’ is basically when someone stops trying in a relationship,” says Jentry, a 2010 NSAI Song Contest finalist and international finalist at London’s UK Songwriting Contest. “It’s when you’re sitting there, getting hit on by other guys, and your boyfriend doesn’t even care anymore! It's about wanting him to act how he used to act when the two of you first met - you want him to fight for you and never let you slip away.”

Jentry was also involved in the Good As Gold production process, joining DeClue as co-producer on eight of the album’s tracks. Grammy-nominated Nashville producer Mark Moffatt contributed production duties on the other five songs. Good As Gold’s lone outside cut is a Keith Urban/Radney Foster/Darrell Brown track called “Someday Soon.”

“Mark, Kevin and I were all on the same page about how the record should sound, which in turn made the process so fun and easy,” says Jentry. “Our styles blended together to give it a good mix of Texas grit and Nashville polish, which is one of the reasons I think it is such a standout record. I was able to come to Nashville with the songs I had written in Texas and make them a little more ‘Nashville’ without losing my Texas style, and I’m really grateful to them for that.”

In 2012, Jentry has opened shows for The Band Perry, Travis Tritt and Jo Dee Messina and will open for Scotty McCreery on Sept. 8 in Rutland, Vt. She has been selected as a featured performer along with Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band for Sky Ball X, a military fundraising event held Oct. 26 at DFW International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.

“Jenna Jentry is the real deal in every sense of the word,” says producer/writer DeClue. “It’s been a long time coming for an artist of this caliber to hit the mainstream and I know she is going to take it by storm. Jenna made me believe in music again and for that I thank her from the bottom of my heart.”

To hear “Lovin’ Lazy” and for more information about Jenna Jentry, visit www.JennaJentry.com.

About Jenna Jentry:
Dallas-based Country singer/songwriter/performer Jenna Jentry released her debut single, “Lovin’ Lazy,” to iTunes in Aug. 2012. Her independent album, Good As Gold, is currently in production and slated for a 2012 release. Multi-platinum producer Kevin DeClue and Grammy-nominated producer Mark Moffatt are co-producing the project. A national finalist in the 2010 NSAI Song Contest, Jentry co-wrote 12 of the album’s 13 songs. Jentry graduated with a double major in Advertising and Spanish from Southern Methodist University and is a three-time national champion cheerleader. For more information, visit www.JennaJentry.com.
- Today's Country


"JENNA JENTRY CREATING HER OWN PATH"

Texas singer-songwriter Jenna Jentry is bucking Nashville convention and the traditional record label deal as she prepares to self-release her new album, Good As Gold.


An independent artist with a strong DIY ethic, Jentry has been actively involved in the writing and recording process of her debut project, penning 12 of the album’s 13 songs with multi-platinum, Los Angeles-based writer/producer Kevin DeClue (Hilary Duff). “Lovin’ Lazy” is the first single from Good As Gold, a cautionary but catchy number that outlines a relationship hampered by complacency. The track is currently available for purchase at iTunes.


“‘Lovin’ Lazy’ is basically when someone stops trying in a relationship,” says Jentry, a 2010 NSAI Song Contest finalist and international finalist at London’s UK Songwriting Contest. “It’s when you’re sitting there, getting hit on by other guys, and your boyfriend doesn’t even care anymore! It's about wanting him to act how he used to act when the two of you first met - you want him to fight for you and never let you slip away.”


Jentry was also involved in the Good As Gold production process, joining DeClue as co-producer on eight of the album’s tracks. Grammy-nominated Nashville producer Mark Moffatt contributed production duties on the other five songs. Good As Gold’s lone outside cut is a Keith Urban/Radney Foster/Darrell Brown track called “Someday Soon.”


“Mark, Kevin and I were all on the same page about how the record should sound, which in turn made the process so fun and easy,” says Jentry. “Our styles blended together to give it a good mix of Texas grit and Nashville polish, which is one of the reasons I think it is such a standout record. I was able to come to Nashville with the songs I had written in Texas and make them a little more ‘Nashville’ without losing my Texas style, and I’m really grateful to them for that.”


In 2012, Jentry has opened shows for The Band Perry, Travis Tritt and Jo Dee Messina and will open for Scotty McCreery on Sept. 8 in Rutland, Vt. She has been selected as a featured performer along with Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band for Sky Ball X, a military fundraising event held Oct. 26 at DFW International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.


“Jenna Jentry is the real deal in every sense of the word,” says producer/writer DeClue. “It’s been a long time coming for an artist of this caliber to hit the mainstream and I know she is going to take it by storm. Jenna made me believe in music again and for that I thank her from the bottom of my heart.”


To hear “Lovin’ Lazy” and for more information about Jenna Jentry, visit www.JennaJentry.com.


About Jenna Jentry:
Dallas-based Country singer/songwriter/performer Jenna Jentry released her debut single, “Lovin’ Lazy,” to iTunes in Aug. 2012. Her independent album, Good As Gold, is currently in production and slated for a 2012 release. Multi-platinum producer Kevin DeClue and Grammy-nominated producer Mark Moffatt are co-producing the project. A national finalist in the 2010 NSAI Song Contest, Jentry co-wrote 12 of the album’s 13 songs. Jentry graduated with a double major in Advertising and Spanish from Southern Methodist University and is a three-time national champion cheerleader. For more information, visit www.JennaJentry.com.


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"Jenna Jentry Backstage At Scotty McCreery Performa"

Country music newcomer, Jenna Jentry, opened for Scotty McCreery this past weekend, and despite her busy schedule she took a little time to give fans a behind the scenes look at the tour bus, getting ready for the show, and Scotty McCreery’s meet and greet with fans! We think Jenna makes the perfect Country Music News Blog Correspondent! Check out the video below, get behind the scenes and see if you agree! - Country Music News Blog


"Jenna Jentry Who Opens For The Band Perry in Deansboro August 4th Has Central New York Ties"

Country newcomer Jenna Jentry may be a Texas girl with a southern twang to her voice, but she’s no stranger to Central New York.

Jenna’s father is from Clinton and her mother was born and raised in Rome. She usually spends the month of July on Lake Delta with her large Italian family. So when she’s home, what’s her favorite thing to eat? ‘Anything and everything. All the things my tour manager doesn’t want me eating.’

Jenna just finished her debut album with a new song being released to radio next month. She describes her music as ‘a mixture of Texas grit and Nashville polish.’

Even in the early stages of her career, Jenna is committed to her charity work and community. An avid supporter of the Wounded Warrior Foundation, The Fisher House and the men and women of the Armed Forces, Jenna also donates her time and performances for The Ronald McDonald House and local VA hospitals.

Jenna has her own website, she’s on Twitter and Facebook as Jenna Jentry with a J not the normal spelling with a G. ‘Can’t be normal. Gotta be a little fun.’ Just from the few minutes I spoke with Jenna, I could tell she was anything but normal, which is a good thing. Normal is boring.

Hopefully Jenna is ready to get the crowd at MKJ Farm ready for The Band Perry August 4th. ‘I’m really excited. I’m a big fan of theirs so its going to be a great show. Right from there I go straight to open up for Travis Tritt then Scotty McCreery. I’m ready to get the crowd nice and rowdy.’

Gates open at 3pm August 4th for The Band Perry at MKJ Farm in Deansboro with Jenna Jentry and Kristen Kelly. Get all the details HERE. - Big Frog 104


"Thunder Over Augusta's mission remains to pay tribute to armed forces"

After a year on hold, the Thunder Over Augusta Armed Forces tribute has returned in a new location, but with its mission intact.Established in 2009 as a way to honor members, past and present, of the armed forces, the event traditionally took place along the banks of the Savannah River in downtown Augusta.
Last year’s event was cancelled when construction on the TEE Center precluded the use of Reynolds Street. This year it will take place from 2 to 10 p.m. Satur­day, May 19, at Evans Towne Center Park. Admission is free. Don MacNeil, one of the event organizers, said the availability of the new Columbia County venue made it possible to bring the event back.
“There was still an ongoing issue downtown,” he said during a recent telephone interview. “So if this was going to happen, we were going to have to find a new facility. We were lucky that this beautiful facility is available.”
Although this year’s event will be in Evans, MacNeil did not rule out moving it again.
“I think most of us, emotionally, would love to see it downtown again at some point,” he said. “I mean, I have no idea what will happen in the future, but we all want anything and everything to happen downtown. But for now, we’re in this grand space.”
MacNeil acknowledged that this year’s event will feature a higher-profile entertainment component. with music by Jo Dee Messina.
“We’re glad to be back,” he said. “We’re glad and we feel very lucky.”
EXHIBITS: Thunder Over Augusta has always served as a showcase for military skills and equipment. This year’s displays will include Black Hawk helicopters, an M2 Bradley and M109 Paladin tank, and the massive Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) vehicle. There will also be military working dog, combat and emergency response presentations.
TEAM FMX EAST: Owned and operated by freestyle motocross
riders Clint Esposito and Travis Willis, Team FMX is a travelling precision motocross show. The troupe and its riders have appeared at such high-profile events as the Harley Davidson 100th anniversary celebration, the ESPN X-Games and the Red Bull X-Fighters extreme sports series.
SKYDIVING DEMONSTRATION FEATURING DANA BOWMAN: After losing both his legs in an accident while training with the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, Dana Bowman became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the Army, becoming the team’s lead speaker and recruiting commander. Today, he uses skydiving as a platform to demonstrate that physically challenged people can excel.
434TH U.S. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS BAND: Stationed at Fort Gordon, this professional ensemble plays at concerts and events throughout the year. At Thunder Over Augusta, it will play during opening ceremonies and be joined by the Navy All-Volunteer Chorus.
JENNA JENTRY: Country singer Jenna Jentry began collaborating with producers and songwriters in the Dallas area while in school at Southern Meth­odist University. Her debut EP, Fashionably Late, was named a finalist in CMT’s NSAI Song Contest. She followed with the album Good as Gold and is touring and working with producer Mark Moffatt (Keith Urban, Gloriana and Jason Aldean).
JOANNA SMITH: A Georgia native, Joanna Smith grew up in the small town of Arlington listening to the classic country sounds of artists including the Judds, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. From an early age, she honed her performance skills, taking any opportunity available to hit the stage, eschewing a career with the all-girl group Mustang Sally and a scholarship to Auburn University to try out Nashville. After a little more than a year, she had landed her first publishing contract. Since then she has had one of her songs recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus and opened for Glen Campbell at Ryman Auditorium.
JO DEE MESSINA: Part of the popular pop-country crossover movement that came out of Nashville in the late 1990s, Jo Dee Messina scored a couple of hits (Heads Carolina, Tails California and You’re Not in Kansas Anymore) off her debut album. - Augusta Chronicle


"Music Connection Magazine Feature"

Coming soon in the May issue. - Music Connection Magazine (Pg. 46)


""Fashionalbly Late" iTunes Review"

iTunes
I remember when I first came across John Mayer. Almost no one knew who he was and I just happened upon his first release. I turned people on to him for months and everyone who heard it loved it and well, I guess a lot of other people felt the same way.

This is just like that for me. Everyone I play this for, loves it. My niece in Hawaii might be her biggest fan. My favorite is "You Should've Just Said Goodnight", but all three tracks are great. - iTunes


"Arriving Fashionably Late- Flower Mound Leader (2009)"

Arriving Fashionably Late
Flower Mound Leader


Jenna Vitalone said she is never late to anything. She even describes herself as quite punctual, and usually early.

Except for when it comes to finding her calling.

She said her decision to pursue music as a career came fashionably late. She has loved to sing her whole life but said she didn’t choose to make a career out of it until three years ago.

And thus the name of her debut CD.

Vitalone, who graduated from Flower Mound High School in 2007 and now attends SMU, has spent the last year writing and recording an album that she describes as a collection of personal experiences she went through in high school, as well as life today.

Throughout her journey, Vitalone has spent time with Septien Entertainment Group, which is where Jessica Simpson attended, and she now receives vocal training from Tom McKinney, who coached Beyonce. She has also worked with producer Bradley Prakope and Emmy-winning songwriter Josh Goode.

Among the experiences she writes about is occasional mistreatment that comes with having a talent, which she details in the pop-rock song “Outcast”.

“I wrote ‘Outcast’ for all the kids out there, boys and girls, who have dreams and goals for themselves and have to struggle through many obstacles along the way,” Vitalone said. “Sometimes you have to go against the grains of popularity to achieve them. But just stay your course, and in the end you will be rewarded.”

“Outcast” is one of three singles Vitalone has on sale at iTunes. She is also showcasing the ballad “You Should’ve Just Said Goodnight”, as well as “Rub it in”, a pop-rock song that has a twist of country.

The process of getting her songs onto iTunes has been a long one. The six-month process has included steps such as writing the songs, implementing the rhythm tracking and vocals, mixing and producing, mastering and code embedding for radio tracking.

So far, her popularity on iTunes has been solid. Attention to her Myspace page, www.myspace.com/jennavitalonemusic, has also been stellar, as it has shown about 3,000 visits as of Monday night while being up about a week.

A nice twist of irony considering she at times felt, well, like an outcast, because of her singing talent.

“It’s funny how that works,” Vitalone said.

Vitalone said with the success has come surprise from some of her friends from high school. She was into music and cheerleading, but she hadn’t declared music as her goal.

“Everyone is shocked because they didn’t know that I did this,” Vitalone said.

Next up for Vitalone is promoting her album with the hopes of signing a record deal. Popularity on iTunes and Myspace will help make that happen, she said.

She also plans on forming a band by the end of the year, since she has yet to perform live. And she said she expects to get back into acting, something she did for years.

All that while working on a double major in Spanish and advertising at SMU, as well as being on the school’s cheerleading squad.

“I've always tried to be both realistic and a dreamer,” Vitalone said. “That's why I go to school and haven't banked everything on music. If music gives me a full-time career, that'd be amazing. But if not, I have a degree from a prestigious university and an album that I put my all into.”
- Flower Mound Leader


"NFOTUSA RADIO INTERVIEW"

Join us this week as we welcome back country singer Jenna Jentry (formerly Jenna Vitalone) and multi platinum producer/singer/songwriter Kevin DeClue. Three years after releasing her EP “Fashionably Late”, Jenna was discovered by multi platinum songwriter / producer Kevin DeClue of Way Up Records. Jenna instantly felt a creative spark with Kevin and they have been writing together ever since. Her new debut country album “Good As Gold” represents their great collaborative work. Jenna’s combination of undeniable talent, extraordinary work ethic, and the girl next door likeability, has captivated fans from all walks of life. With her sultry voice, meaningful lyrics, sassy personality, and new country sound, Jenna displays her ability to be contributing force in the music industry today.Jenna is currently working on her debut country album “Good As Gold” in Dallas, TX which is due out in early 2012. We will catch up with all the latest with them, talk to them about their upcoming schedule, get a behind the scenes look into their music, feature their newest songs, and ask them to share her efforts to support the troops. Please be sure to visit Jenna Jentry at http://www.reverbnation.com/jennajentry and Kevin at http://www.reverbnation.com/kevindecluemusic and spread the word. Fans are welcome to call in and chat live with Jenna and Kevin during the show. If you would like to participate in the live chat during the show, you must sign up on the show site first and then log in during the show. More great music for a really great cause! This is sure to be a terrific show so be sure to join us!


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Discography

EP(S)

TITLE: FASHIONABLY LATE (2009)

"Outcast"
"You Should've Just Said Goodnight"
"Rub It In"

SOUNDTRACK ("I AM...GABRIEL" MOVIE, 2011)

"Streets of Broken Promise"

ALBUM(S)

TITLE: "GOOD AS GOLD" (2012)

"Lovin' Lazy"
"Tequila"
"Southern Heaven"
"I Said It First"
"Good As Gold"
"Only By The Grace Of God"
"Someday Soon"
"Wise Advice"
"Wrecking Ball"
"Run Just A Little Late"
"Not The End"
"Two 2 Tangle"

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Bio

Jenna Jentry is a hands-on kind of artist. The workaholic Country singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas, insists on being involved in every aspect of her career, from booking shows to transportation to meetings and everything in between. Jentry remains fiercely independent; an artist that is rightfully proud of the success she and her close-knit team have built almost entirely from the ground up.

“I want to be known as the first woman in the Country music industry to truly do things independently, to have 100 percent creative freedom, to decide what my ticket prices are, how much my merchandise costs,” Jentry says. “My priority is to establish a relationship with the fans and the music lovers first. We don’t mind kickin’ up dust a little bit and doing things our way in order to do that. We like the ‘us against the world’ mentality.”

Along with multi-platinum producer and songwriter Kevin DeClue (Hilary Duff), Jentry set out in 2011 to make her first full-length album - on her terms. The pair quickly discovered a creative spark between them in the songwriting process, with Jentry penning most of the song lyrics and DeClue contributing the melody lines. With the exception of one Keith Urban/Radney Foster/Darrell Brown song (“Someday Soon”), DeClue and Jentry count as the only writers on the project, aptly titled Good As Gold.

Between the two of them, DeClue and Jentry co-produced much of the album in Dallas before hooking up with Grammy-nominated Nashville producer Mark Moffatt. Moffatt, known for his work with Country stars such as Keith Urban, Gloriana and Jason Aldean, provided just the right amount of Music City magic to the project.

“Mark Moffatt and Kevin DeClue are absolutely brilliant people and brilliant producers,” says Jentry. “Mark, Kevin and I were all on the same page about how the record should sound, which in turn made the process so fun and easy. Our styles blended together to give it a good mix of Texas grit and Nashville polish, which is one of the reasons I think it is such a standout record. I was able to come to Nashville with the songs I had written in Texas and make them a little more ‘Nashville’ without losing my Texas style, and I’m really grateful to them for that.”

For the lyric-minded Jentry, the art of songwriting is something that piqued her interest at a very early age.

“My first poem was published when I was only five years old,” she reveals. “In elementary school, creative writing was always my favorite subject. I was fascinated by the idea of making a story come to life. By the time I was in high school, I was writing songs and going to the recording studio at night to co-write with some of the local producers.”

In 2010, a three-song EP Jentry had recorded a year earlier landed her a spot in the NSAI Song Contest finals, presented by CMT. Her original material also impressed the judges at London’s esteemed UK Songwriting Contest enough to earn her a berth in the finals there, too.

Jentry says that the bulk of Good As Gold came together in a converted writing room above the singer’s garage, including her debut single, “Lovin’ Lazy.”

“‘Lovin’ Lazy’ is basically when someone stops trying in a relationship,” explains Jentry. “It’s when you’re sitting there, getting hit on by other guys, and your boyfriend doesn’t even care anymore! It's about wanting him to act how he used to act when the two of you first met - you want him to fight for you and never let you slip away.”

Coming from a large, full-blooded Italian family from New York, the striking 23-year-old represents an interesting mix of Country roots and big city smarts. Although her family relocated to Texas before Jenna was born, her Italian heritage is an important influence in her songwriting and overall career, she says.

“Growing up in an Italian family, things like music, art and creativity were really embraced and encouraged,” notes the dark-haired, olive-skinned singer. “I was lucky to get my start at such an early age. Italians are super emotional people– when we’re happy, we’re ecstatic; when we’re sad, the world feels like it’s ending; when we’re in love, we’re hopelessly in love. It makes for great songwriting!”

Jentry’s unmistakable DIY spirit and work ethic has already helped her stand out in today’s crowded Country music market. In addition to her songwriting accolades, Jentry opened shows in 2012 for The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, Jo Dee Messina and Travis Tritt, among others. And even in the early stages of her career, Jentry is firmly committed to her charity work and community. An avid supporter of the Wounded Warrior Foundation, The Fisher House and the men and women of the Armed Forces, Jentry also frequently donates her time and performances for The Ronald McDonald House and local VA hospitals.

“My ultimate goal is just to bring smiles to the faces of the people who hear my music,” she says. “I want to comfort them in the hardest