Jenna Paone

Jenna Paone

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

"Vintage Pop" - sophisticated yet catchy songs that blend classic pop, soul, folk-rock, and blues genres. It combines the timelessness of artists like Sam Cooke and Etta James with the modern edge of artists like Adele and Sara Bareilles.

Biography

“A triple threat…a twist on modern pop with an old-timey, folk-rock feel.”
The Aquarian

“Paone has crafted her own sound somewhere between jazz club headliner and adult alternative radio staple…Be sure to give the whole disc a listen – you won’t regret it.” – The Deli Magazine.com

“..she has an amazing songwriting ability that could be parlayed into any number of creative avenues.” – Boston.com

Jenna Paone is a songwriter, pianist, and vocalist from Boston, Massachusetts, whose unforgettable songs and captivating stage presence make waves wherever she goes. After spending over eight years building a name for herself in the Boston scene, Paone has relocated to LA on the heels of the success of her first full-length solo release, "Hammers & Strings" which has taken her on the road, performing alongside international artists such as The Bangles, Colbie Caillat, Orianthi, Richie Sambora, Mindy Abair, SHEL, Zepparella in major market venues, showcases, and special events including the 2015 She Rocks Awards at The NAMM Show.

Paone's ambitious album features fifteen songs written in her signature "Vintage Pop" style, which blends classic pop, soul, blues, and folk rock into an intoxicating musical cocktail with a contemporary bite. Her lyrical complexity, combined with her can't-get-em-out-of-your-head melodies, cinematic storytelling ability, and whiskey-tinged voice have earned her comparisons to powerhouses Adele and Sara Bareilles. Her music has received airplay on New England radio stations and featured in independent films.

A renaissance woman, Paone boasts twenty-five years of training and education in classical and contemporary piano, voice, ballet, and theater that includes a degree from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, studies at Berklee College of Music, and more. It’s no surprise that her music packs a serious punch, unapologetic in its scope and complexity. Over the course of the "Hammers & Strings", which is more musical novel than a mere collection of songs, Paone draws from her own life experiences and takes listeners on a journey through the rise and fall of a romantic relationship. Paone’s album is accessible, uplifting, and a whole lot of fun, thanks to her eternally optimistic point of view and catchy turn of tune and phrase.

In addition to writing, arranging, and performing, Paone co-produced the album with Producer/Engineer Kevin Connelly at Waterville Sound and Recording. Grammy nominee Toby Mountain (David Bowie, Bob Marley, Alison Krauss) mastered the project at Northeastern Digital. 

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Lyrics

The Dance

Written By: Jenna Paone

spin me around
we should have known
we’d be good as gone
heard the devil sing our song
i think we owe him one

so don’t you wanna stay
don’t you wanna play
don’t you wanna wait and see
don’t you wanna fly
don’t you wanna try
don’t you wanna fall in love with somebody

like me
tonight
the music’s just our alibi
so hold me tight
oh, honey we can dance
‘til we die

lick your lips
it’s gonna sting
when i clip your wings
come be my crooked king
i’ll be your anything

but don’t you cool off
don’t you back talk
don’t you stop till it hurts
don’t you wanna do
something brand new
don’t you wanna crawl across the universe

with me
tonight
the music’s just our alibi
so hold me tight
oh honey, we can dance
‘til we die

for just one night
morning it don’t have to matter
just tonight
you can be my ever after
hold me tight
feel my heart beat faster, faster
it ain’t right
but honey, we can dance

we can dance

don’t you wanna stay
don’t you wanna play
don’t you wanna…oh
don’t you pray
don’t you look away
don’t you ever let me go

for just tonight
the music’s just our alibi
for just one night
don’t you wonder where or why
no time is right
but no one’s ever been this high
so hold me tight
and honey, we can dance
‘til we die

Prove It

Written By: Jenna Paone

i know you, mister
you’re just my type
blow like a twister
you goin’ cut like a knife
heads up

pour me a double,
you shoot me the breeze
you came looking for trouble
you came looking for me

well
if you want me
oo you better prove it
you better prove it, baby
if you want me
oo you better prove it
you better prove it to me

woah
don’t call me violet, no
shy ain’t my type
i need a riot, baby
light up my night
let’s go

can’t love for hire
you can’t love for free
you can’t, can’t start a fire
if you can’t take the heat

well
if you want me
oo you better prove it
you better prove it, baby
if you want me
oo you better prove it
you better prove it to me

oo oo, you better prove it, prove it
oo oo, you’re gonna lose it, lose it
oo oo, you better prove it, prove it
oo oo, you’re gonna lose it, lose it

and oh
i’ll be your decoration
you can be my celebration
oh
hand in my hesitation
baby blue reputation
any old time
you better prove it
oo oo you’re gonna lose it

i know you mister
you’re just my scene
i’d like to twist ya
if you know what I mean
and you do

just what you want to
with what you see
you came looking for trouble
you came looking for me

well
if you want me
oo you better prove it
you better prove it, baby
if you want me
oo you better prove it
you better prove it, baby

if you want me
oo you better prove it
you’re gonna lose it, baby
if you want me
oo you better prove it
you better prove it to me

i know you, mister
gimme a kiss

The Whole Night Long

Written By: Jenna Paone

you win
i quit
i guess that’s it
went and lost
my grip
upon your lips
and if
you agree
i will let you lead me
lay me to sleep

you don’t have to say
you can stay the whole night long
but if you can’t wait
i could stay the whole night long
here in your arms

sweet, break
my rules
you know you came too soon
make me chase
the moon
for a kiss, cruel
but it’s
all i want
just your quiet call
one graceless fall

you don’t have to say
you can stay the whole night long
but if you can’t wait
i could stay the whole night long
here in your

arms
this is where i belong
this is what i’ve become
this is all that i want

and it’s time
i tried
almost open my eyes
when you crash
inside
take me over and over and over
your hand make my
hand sing
i see stars shining
you come down to me

you don’t have to say
you can stay the whole night long
but if you can’t wait
i could stay the whole night long
bend till we ache
be my darkness, we
race the dawn
you don’t have to say
you can stay the whole night long

you don’t have to say
you can stay the whole night long
but you could say
stay

Sweetest Sound

Written By: Jenna Paone

another lucky star
up in the sky
wondering why
it don’t shine
half as bright
as it did last night
doesn’t it know we tried
but the diamonds in your eyes

eclipse the supernova
fill me up
bowl me over
sing sweet rhythm, sing me all the
secrets we’re too young to know, yeah

it’s the sweetest sound
i could ever hear
your words spin around
like a record, dear
there’s harmony, a symphony
in everything you say to me
and it’s the sweetest sound
like music to my ears

and all the “told-you-so”s
are gonna be wrong
saying we don’t belong
yeah, we’ll string them right along
just singing our song
hearts beating strong
the beat goes on and on and on

it’s like a melody
i never thought would play for me
it’s everything i hoped it’d be
if love’s a tune i know the key

and it’s
the sweetest sound
i could ever hear
your words spin around
like a record, dear
there’s harmony, a symphony
in everything you say to me
and it’s the sweetest sound
like music it goes

woah
la la la la la
la la la

and don’t your old guitar
already know
heard it long ago
on the wind up radio

it’s slow but every measure
says that we were meant together
and at the end if it’s your pleasure
play it, baby once again, yeah

it’s the sweetest sound
i could ever hear
your words spin around
like a record, dear
there’s harmony, a symphony
in everything you say to me
and it’s the sweetest sound
woah
it’s the sweetest sound
you spin around, yeah
it’s the sweetest, oh
it’s the sweetest
it’s the sweetest sound

like music to my ears

Dark Tonight

Written By: Jenna Paone

daylight is fading
the twilight is taking its place
and the streets should be busy
with the dance of their dizzying race
but they’re bare as a stranger’s goodbye
still as a hurricane’s eye
and hard as their lanterns may try to shine bright
they’re dark tonight

wine goes undrunk
lingerie trunks hold their locks
windows stay closed ‘cause there’s
no cyranos throwing rocks
and the crickets lay down their bows
the fireflies give up their glow
and even the old bayou ghosts have slowed
their waltz tonight

‘cause we’ve got it all
all the love in the world
it’s
more than we’ve been promised
more than we deserve
and it’s
all wrapped up in our kiss
the world will be lonely tonight
for the sake of us

come a bit closer
we’ll roll the clouds under our heads
swing cherry trees in a canopy
over our bed
and we’ll drink in the magic we’ve found
‘til the last of our candles burn down
‘til all the shadows around us have drowned
in our charmed delight

‘cause we’ve got it all
all the love in the world
it’s
more than we’ve been promised
more than we deserve
and it’s
all wrapped up in our kiss
the world will be lonely tonight
for the sake of us

oh, bliss like this
can’t last very long
you blink and it comes
then you blink and it’s gone
like a comet it clips
as you try to hang on

so kiss me, my love
won’t you kiss me
for time will not wait
tomorrow is coming
and with it the tide you must take
and hold me now close as you can
for now may be all that we have
but perfect is
how our hands
command what grandest
hours they like
oh the streets are dark
tonight

I'm Still Smiling

Written By: Jenna Paone

into you
the farther down that i go
the less i understand
the more that i know
still i can’t shake the worry
the oldest story
your eyes
shine
find
someone new
to believe in
and dreams never come true

don’t know why i’m still frightened
you know i’ve been trying
just to see this through

and some nights
i hold too tight to my heart
and some nights
i just can’t fight anymore
but you say we’re all right
you say we’ve been right from the start
see i’m
still smiling
if you are

can’t we go
back to basics
when everything was a bet
and it was
just you and me in the place
the sun never set
we’d trade words for water
late night promises
you
are
who
i
choose to believe in
the one thing I can’t lose

and if i was certain you would come
i’d open up my arms

and some nights
i hold too tight to my heart
and some nights
i just can’t fight anymore
but you say we’re all right
you say we’ve been right from the start
see i’m
still smiling
if you are

if you are
see i’m still smiling
see i’m still smiling

and in the end it comes down
to what do you want
and i swear
if you weren’t real by now
i’d make you up

don’t know why i’m still frightened
you know i’ve been trying to get by
all the lines we draw
and the fire door
the liar that you took me for

and some nights
i hold too tight to my heart
and some nights
i just can’t fight anymore
but you say we’re all right
you say we’ve been right from the start
see i’m still smiling
if you are
if you are
see i’m smiling
see i’m still smiling

Late

Written By: Jenna Paone

you call through the moon to my window
oh, and i’ve known you would come
and you always could move me to follow
oh, but now i'm just numb
and up like the ivy you climb
promising heaven this time
and i loved you once and once and i could it again
now you say you want me back
you say you’ve changed but i’ve been hearing that

for way,
way too long
a year or two
you asked me to wait
for way, way too long
a year or two
is a year or two late

now don’t
don’t you cry there on my doorstep
don’t you shed one more tear
you who wrote the art of the arctic
the laws of veneer
you were born under stormier skies
the wind and the ice in your eyes
and here am i like mid-july
while your winters still rage
it’s not that i don’t like the cold
but my summer clothes have been growing old

for way,
way too long
a year or two
you asked me to wait
for way, way too long
a year or two
is a year or two late

you’re holding on a bit too late

now the ceiling is caved through the cracks
and we can’t go on, but we can’t go back
and i guess it’s true, i’m over you
you’re not what i need
your roses have been fading
in the vases where i laid them

for way,
way too long
a year or two
you asked me to wait
for way, way too long
a year or two
is a year or two late

you’re a year or two late

Not So Sad

Written By: Jenna Paone

a surprising
horizon
the sunrise, it
never looked so bright
shake the bitter off
nothing little lost
but nothing you can’t get back again
if you want

stole a piece of me
but not quite all you see
i still got something hiding here
up my sleeve
edges kinda rough
dreams are going bust
but all that means is i’m
finally waking up

guilt’s as good as gone
put my new shoes on
‘bout to find out another road home
skip to keep the beat
baby, talk is cheap
i’d rather be singing
like la la la la la

i’ll be alright
i’m almost sure, baby
maybe this time
i’m gonna learn
now i’m on my way
back to before
and i’m not quite glad
but i’m not so sad
anymore

well don’t sweat it
you forget it
i can’t let it
bring me down again
looking forward to
not conforming to
the sorta person you
thought you thought you knew
might be led astray
might just run away
either way i know i’m
gonna be ok
nothing in front of me
but possibilities
and every one of them’s
looking just fine by me

it’s the tunnel light
ready to ignite
i’ve been bottling up all this time
clear my dizzy head
of all the things you said
what was i thinking
like hmmm

i’ll be alright
i’m almost sure, baby
maybe this time
i’m gonna learn
now i’m on my way
back to before
and i’m not quite glad
but i’m not so sad
anymore

i’m not so sad
anymore
you don’t belong
to me anymore

guilt’s as good as gone
put my new shoes on
‘bout to find out another road home
skip to keep the beat
baby, talk is cheap
i’d rather be singing
like la la la la la

i’ll be alright
i’m almost sure, baby
maybe this time
i’m gonna learn
now i’m on my way
back to before
i’m seeing straight
i’m out the door
and i’m on my way
back to before
and i’m not quite glad
but i’m not so sad
anymore

So Long

Written By: Jenna Paone

he says
come back to bed, my darling
why you been gone so long?
it’s lonely without you there next to me
you know i don’t like sleeping alone
alone

and when i close my eyes i still dream of you
falling to your knees
but you know i don’t look forward to seeing you
now
you’ll look different
than you did to me

and we’re so long done
now nobody grieves
when you’re lost and gone
you should belong to someone else
so go on
and so long

do you doubt in the girl lying close to you?
the key to the cure on her hips
all the gold in her wings couldn’t keep you still,
no
you’ve left better girls than this

and we’re so long done
now nobody grieves
when you’re lost and gone
you should belong to someone else
so go on,
go on, go on
and so long
so long

and for all you deny
the look in their eyes
the loneliness comes
and it comes out at night
and the crimes you commit
they go to your head
‘til the last thing you heard
was the last thing you said
in so long
in so long

and there’s another goodbye in your rearview
so you might as well keep it in drive
and if your moon don’t hang as
high as it should
well, you’ve been running all your life

and we’re so long done
now nobody grieves
when you’re lost and gone
you should belong to someone else
and we’re so long done
now nobody grieves
when you’re lost and gone
you should belong to someone else
but you don’t belong to no one else
so go on
and so long

he says
come back to bed, my darling
why you been gone so long?

Hey There, Lonely

Written By: Jenna Paone

well hey there, lonely
i know you know me
my one and only
my last shot in the dark

can’t you see me
out in the alley
shadows around me
my hope falling apart

i thought i lost you
in that long-lost blue
sky that fell through
my heavens
oh, my heavens come undone

and do they love you?
like i loved you
hair done up and new shoes
sweet-talkin’ tricks
red lips just havin’ fun

you know you
look like
a photograph
you take my breath
i want it back
when you go it’s like a heart attack
makes me buckle at my knees

darling, you
don’t know what you do to me
and you
never could change
it’s a shame
i was a fool to see
you again

oh, every time i
make up my mind, my
new eyes go blind
desire bring me down
right back down to the start

you keep me holding
to my devotion, yeah
my life wide open
for your ready-to-walk
hard-knock
unbreakable heart

you know i
burn like a cigarette
in your wandering, squandering silhouette
then you light me up
and i forget
baby please don’t, please don’t leave

darling, you
don’t know what you do to me
and you
never could change
it’s a shame
i was a fool to see
you again

and i hopped a train
it took me all around
i looked this curving earth all
up and down
and i thought of you

so hey there, lonely
i know you know me
my one and only
my last shot in the dark

darling, you
don’t know what you do to me
and you
never could change
oo
go ahead and ruin me
my hope, my light, my should-have-known-right-from-the-start
that you
don’t know what you do to me
and you
never could change
oo
go ahead and ruin me
my hope, my light, my should-have-known-right-from-the-start

my shot in the dark

Va Va Voom

Written By: Jenna Paone

old man rum got you wise
since falling the last time
bat your cinnamon eyes
slide to the far side
you’ll only come just
close enough to look
but i liked you better when
you weren’t so good

and you look ripe to be picked
forbidden to lick,
though
like some apple outlawed
unfit for the wrong god
won’t bring a thing but
trouble to my room
but i like my trouble with
a va va voom

so come on in
darling
don’t you resist me
the more you dismiss me
the less that you try
oh, come on in
darling
you know you missed me
and if that’s a sin, least
the devil don’t mind

and what would she say
if only she knew, love
how you stumbled my way
loose on a skin drug
hand on my thigh, you
double into two
heart broken open with
a tick, tick boom

so come on in
darling
don’t you resist me
the more you dismiss me
the less that you try
oh, come on in
darling
you know you missed me
and if that’s a sin least
the devil don’t mind

and there’s no where to run
no where to hide, now
just a matter of time
you’re gonna be mine, our
silly game you always love to lose
a story with an ending that goes
va va voom

and you never say
you never say
you never say no
oh and I told you
and i told you
and i told you so

so come on in
come on in
come on in, come on in, come on in
come on in, come on in, come on in
come on in, com on in, oh

won’t bring a thing but trouble to your room
but don’t you like your trouble
with a
va va voom

Got Myself a Gun

Written By: Jenna Paone

rain, rain,
go away
the shame, shame
come today
the stain, stain, stain
may be here to stay

like the red, red
on her lips, she
spread it
‘cross your hips
you bad, bad boy
i know just what you did

there’s a knock, knock
at the door, a
shot heard
round the world, and
pop, pop, pop
goes my heart to the floor

and all i want you to see
is the all the wrong you’ve done to me
boy, you’re gonna feel it all
in one, two, three

you better watch your step
better watch your step, son
you better watch your step
‘cause i got myself a gun
you better watch your step
better watch your step, son
you better watch your step
‘cause i got myself a gun

these white, white
little lies, hold
tight, tight
to you, i could
fight, fight, fight it
but why would i try

there’s a storm, storm
on the rise, so
lord, lord
hide your eyes,
my colt is loaded
my hands to the sky

with a
bang, bang
knock ‘em down, a
bang, bang,
hit the ground
bang, bang, bang
is the loneliest sound

and you think i can’t hold my own
and you think i don’t got the stones
but one little finger on one little trigger and
you will know

you better watch your step
better watch your step, son
you better watch your step
‘cause i got myself a gun
you better watch your step
better watch your step, son
you better watch your step
‘cause i got myself a gun

and you can
call the law
all that you want
even they’d absolve me
they’d say he had it comin’
all along

bang, bang, bang, bang…shhhh

better watch your step
better watch your step, son
you better watch your step
‘cause i got myself a gun
you better watch your step
better watch your step, son
you better watch your step
‘cause I got myself a gun

and it goes
bang, bang
knock ‘em down
and bang, bang,
hit the ground
bang, bang, bang
is the loneliest sound
it goes
bang, bang
bang, bang
bang, bang, bang, bang
bang

you better watch your step
better watch your step, son
you better watch your step
‘cause i got myself a gun
you better watch your step
better watch your step, son
you better watch your step
‘cause i got myself
got myself
got myself
got myself
a gun

1 A.M.

Written By: Jenna Paone

1 am again
won’t you let me in?
i’ve come across
an ocean
just to drink your cup
looking up
to watch you shut
your curtains

and i won’t start a fuss
no i’ve waged wars enough
to hold
my tired bones
but i don’t wanna wait
make that mistake
of growing old
to a dial tone

go slow, my dear
i’m getting nowhere near
you keep me running from
what we’ve become
and all this time
i’ve wasted
all my life
i’ve paid the cost
of getting lost

and i’m so scared
what i give up
is all you’ll want
but not enough
i’d bring the whole world down
to get to you

can i belong to
you will or won’t you
goes the test
can we live like this?
back where we were before
fall through the floor
we’ll break our wrists
for one perfect kiss

well don’t let go
you’ll be the first to know
when i can find out why
i can’t decide
and all this time
i’ve waited
all my life
to lay my pride
on the line

and i’m so scared
what i give up
is all you’ll want
but not enough
i’d bring the whole world down
to get to you

you, you, you, you

1 am again
won’t you let me in?
i’ve come across
an ocean

and i’m so scared
what i give up
is all you’ll want
but not enough
and i’d bring the whole world down
i’d bring the whole world down
i’d bring the whole world down
to get to you
to get to you

Hammers & Strings

Written By: Jenna Paone

i am broken up in two
i am piece upon piece
because of you
and i swear you’re like the first i’ve seen
and i know you’ll get the best of me
before we’re through
and so do you

and when you leave me don’t be long
you keep me close, i’ll keep your ghost
on my palm
where you fit is where i’ll make my home
where you go you will not go alone

you are the roll and the thunder
and all the glory it brings
you are the hope and the wonder
the kiss and the sting
this marvelous thing
held up by hammers and strings
hammers and strings

now i can feel your body hum
and i can hear your heart beat clear
like a drum
and i’ve been waiting for this
all my life
like the silence waits for a
riot cry

you are the roll and the thunder
and all the glory it brings
you are the hope and the wonder
the kiss and the sting
this marvelous thing
held up by hammers and strings

and i’ll be kissing and kissing and kissing you, darling
i’ll be kissing and kissing and kissing and kissing you, oh
i’ll be kissing and kissing and kissing you, darling
i’ll be kissing and kissing and kissing and kissing you, oh

you are the roll and the thunder
and all the glory it brings
you are the hope and the wonder
the kiss and the sting
this marvelous, oh
i’d give you anything

the roll and the thunder
and all the glory it brings
you are the hope and the wonder
the kiss and the sting
this marvelous thing
held up by hammers and

hammers and strings

and i am broken up in two

My Perfect Life

Written By: Jenna Paone

don’t blink
i see you and me
alone at last
room to breathe

and if it’s
a dream
let me have this one
don’t you wake me up
when morning comes
you’ll be

gone
and i’ll be on my own again
hold my breath
you hold the door and then
change your mind
you let me slip
‘til you can’t look back
there’s nothing left

but goodbye
you know how hard we tried
goodbye
to you and i
and my perfect life

now don’t speak
i’ve heard all you’ll say
and i deserved much more
but that’s ok

if this is all we’ll be
we’ll be a waste of time
so you go back to her
and leave me here
high and dry

my eyes can’t find the moon
but our empty sky will find me soon
and i’ll cry your name
‘til i forget
this isn’t how the world should end
goodbye
you know how hard we tried
goodbye
to you and i
and my perfect

life keeps going
and we don’t own nothing
and if i’d known what was happening
i’d have told you everything

but now you’re
gone
and i’ll be on my own again
close that door
another opens
the only sound our lonely sigh
is this how we learn to say
goodbye
goodbye

goodbye
i know how hard we tried
goodbye
to you and i
and my perfect
life keeps going
we don’t own nothing
goodbye
to you and i
and my perfect life

now don’t blink
i see you and me

Discography

Hammers & Strings

Released 10.1.14

Hammers & Strings is Jenna Paone's full length solo debut album. It was recorded and engineered by Kevin Connelly at Waterville Sound studios in Grafton, MA, and mastered by multi-GRAMMY nominee Toby Mountain (David Bowie, Ringo Starr, Boston, Alison Krauss.) 

The album, written in Paone's signature "Vintage Pop" style, features 15 tracks that tell the story of a star-crossed relationship from the first shy smile to the last bitter tear, and beyond. 

Track List
1. The Dance
2. Prove It
3. The Whole Night Long
4. Sweetest Sound
5. Dark Tonight
6. I'm Still Smiling
7. Late
8. Not So Sad
9. So Long
10. Hey There, Lonely
11. Va Va Voom
12. Got Myself a Gun
13. 1 A.M.
14. Hammers & Strings
15. My Perfect Life

All songs written by Jenna Paone
Produced by: Kevin Connolly & Jenna Paone 
Engineered and Mixed by: Kevin Connolly at Waterville Studios 
Mastered by: Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital