Jennie Arnau

Jennie Arnau

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Americana, Alt-Country and Rock

Biography

JENNIE ARNAU
CHASING GIANTS

Featuring Guest Artists Noam Pikelny (The Punch Brothers)
Kevn Kinney (Drivin’ N Cryin”)
Al Scnhier (moe.)
Pete Levin (Blind Boys of Alabama)
Grammy-Winner Skip Ward (Steve Martin)

Produced and Mixed by Grammy-winner Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams)
Recorded by Phil Palazzolo (Neko Case, The New Pornographers)

Jennie Arnau creates a unique blend of New York-nurtured South Carolina-born Grassroots rock. Her original blend of Americana, Alt-Country and rock along with her bold and bittersweet voice have lead more than one critic to describe her as a cross between Neil Young and Martina McBride. It’s a sly underground sound that’s born of urban grit and rowdy southern sensibilities and perfectly suits this native South Carolina singer. It’s not a voice that has gone unnoticed either. Chuck Eddy of the Village Voice praises her “husky uplift and rhythmic wallop rarely heard in the female-folkie field,” while No Depression raves “Jennie’s voice is strong without sacrificing its femininity.” Singer Magazines goes on to spotlight Jennie’s ability to “pierce your heart one moment, then turn right around and calm your spirit the next.”

CHASING GIANTS, released on MRI/RED, is praised by Rolling Stone’s Joe Levy as “her most fully realized set of songs yet. If you care about the struggle for love and happiness - and who among us doesn't? -- This one's for you.”

Determined to find a producer who would understand her alchemy of grassroots Americana and indie rock, Jennie enlisted the help of Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Queens of the Stone Age, Emmylou Harris). The two, along with recording engineer Phil Palazzolo (Neko Case, The New Pornographers), quickly began work on CHASING GIANTS.

“It sounds strange,” says Jennie, “but when I went into the studio with Trina, I really didn’t know my voice. But she showed me that I knew my music better than anyone and that I had a clear vision. I learned a lot and she gave me the confidence I needed to make this album.”

Jennie approached tracks like “Beautiful Life” with this newfound confidence. “It’s the happiest song I’ve written,” she laughs. “I saw this fun outdoor hippie show in Austin and it made me realize that life can be really great and simple if you let it.” This attitude also shows on “The Sharp Things” which shows how “the simplest things are the things that can make you the happiest and hurt the most.” Stories abound on CHASING GIANTS but ultimately, it’s the uniqueness of Jennie’s explosive voice that truly defines each of these songs, marking an indie debut as compelling as that of Patty Griffin or Ryan Adams.

From the yearning and hopeful journey of “Bouncing Ball” to the playfulness of “For the Winter,” Jennie smartly embraces both the subtle artistry of alt-country and indie sensibility. She’s not afraid of the ache in her vocals and her lyrics; in fact, Jennie says that it’s that very conflict of her multi-dimensional life, her loves and her losses over the last years that have fueled the “openness” and honesty of CHASING GIANTS.

For a woman who grew up in the foothills of Appalachia, but who has thrived in New York’s downtown music scene, Jennie has long explored the curious dichotomy of her artistic temperament. But she sees CHASING GIANTS as the “coming of age” album she has long sought to record.

“I’m really so proud of this album,” says Jennie, sole songwriter of CHASING GIANTS. “I’ve returned a little bit more to my country roots. I think it’s modern but has a more organic feel and although I’m still a singer/songwriter it stretches the blending of various music styles.”

Jennie’s core band includes drummer Alan Lerner (Zen Tricksters), guitarist Greg McMullen (Chris Whitley), keyboardist Pete Levin (Blind Boys of Alabama) and bassist Jason Hogue.

Lyrics

You're Not Alone

Written By: Jennie Arnau

You’re Not Alone
I don’t got the world to give away
Can’t move mountains I can’t stop the rain
I know sometimes life is just too much to face alone

You’re not alone
You’re not alone
I’ll be by your side
Every step of the way

Can’t catch no stars in a papercup
Can’t part the waters or mend broken hearts
I know sometimes a friend ain’t what you need
To lead you home

You’re not alone
You’re not alone
I’ll be by your side
Every step of the way

Bouncing Ball

Written By: Jennie Arnau

Like a bouncing ball
Up and down all day
Scared of every fall
And bump along the way
The cracks are showing all over the place
And I keep fighting things I’ll never change
I keep standing in the rain
While you’re safe inside
And I keep calling out your name
Hoping you throw that door open wide
And you press your lips against mine
And you say you love me for the first time
For the first time
I can see the light
I don’t mind the fall
It will be alright
Once you get my call
The cracks are showing all over the place
And I keep fighting things I’ll never change
I keep standing in the rain
While you’re safe inside
And I keep calling out your name
Hoping you throw that door open wide
And you press your lips against mine
And the sun will shine for the first time
Let the sun
Let that sunshine
Let the sunshine in
Let the sun
Let that sunshine
Let the sunshine in
On me
This time
I will pay the cost
Scrape against the grain
Take it as a loss
As I stand out in the rain
While you’re safe inside
And I keep calling out your name
Hoping you throw that door open wide
And you press your lips against mine
And the sun will shine for all time
Let the sun
Let that sunshine
Let the sunshine in
On me
This time

The Sparrow & The Gods

Written By: Jennie Arnau

The sparrow and the Gods
Watched as the boy fell
So far from heaven into the arms of hell
And a river of tears
Washed over the child
And swept him into a world both vicious and wild
If you ask me
I don’t see how anything good
Can come to a man
So lost and misunderstood
So hang your head and stagger on
Cause every glimpse of hope is going going going gone
It’s going, it’s going
It’s gone
The sparrow and the gods
Watched as the sun fades
And the blue skies
Change to a dull gray
Their broken hearts
Might someday mend
But that won’t guarantee they will ever love again
If you ask me
I don’t see how anything good
Can come to a man
So lost and misunderstood
So hang your head and stagger on
Cause every glimpse of hope is going going going gone
It’s going, it’s going
I said
If you ask me
I don’t see how anything good
Can come to a man
So lost and misunderstood
So hang your head and stagger on
Cause every glimpse of hope is going going going gone
It’s going, it’s going
It’s long long gone
The sparrow and the Gods

Discography

New CD To be released May 2011
Chasing Giants - April 13, 2010
Mt. Pleasant (Fall 2007)
Superman Won't Take The Call (LP) - 2003

Set List

My set list varies from venue to venue and depends if I play with my band or solo acoustic or just withe my pedal steel player (any is great for me). Typically, my set is 45 minutes to an hour and range from 8-10 songs with all original material.