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Jukebox Serenade

Fairfax, Virginia, United States | SELF

Fairfax, Virginia, United States | SELF
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"Washington City Paper: Jukebox Serenade"

By Sadie Dingfelder

Standout Track: No. 7, “Crazy Completely,” a reggae-tinged pop song that wouldn’t sound out of place on a No Doubt album. With a lilting delivery that’s both flirty and dangerous, singer Lena Esposito, 34, expresses the frustration of a recently dumped woman. “We wanted to talk about a girl who loses her—excuse my French—shit,” says Esposito.

Musical Motivation: The lyrics, which describe unbridled rage, jealousy, and car-keying, don’t echo anything from Esposito’s life—she and song coauthor/guitarist Chris Brownelle have a relatively drama-free marriage, she says. Rather, they gathered inspiration from an American Idol winner known for her vengeance anthems. “I don’t know why [Brownelle] was tapping into a Carrie Underwood influence,” says Esposito. “I guess it’s because it’s a soulful song, and she has a very soulful voice.”

Bomb Pop: Despite its touchstones, Jukebox Serenade lists more toward rock than pop—especially when the band plays live shows, says Esposito. However, producer Jim Ebert (who has worked with “Bitch” singer Meredith Brooks, among others) reined in the four-piece band with synth tracks and Los Angeles indie pop polish. It was his idea to kick off the album with a tinny melody sampled from the ice cream truck that circles Esposito’s Centerville, Va., neighborhood, she says. “We wanted to definitely make everyone know that you are getting ready to listen to a lively, happy, poppy CD,” Esposito says. “After the CD was done, we would hear the ice cream truck going around and we thought someone was playing our CD, and then we were like, ‘Oh wait, it’s the actual ice cream truck.’” - Washington City Paper's

"On Tap Magazine: Bliss Review"

By Nicole Pearo

The songwriting duo behind Jukebox Serenade are no strangers to the Wasshington, D.C. area; they have been here for years, formerly with the band Ringleader. In the past year they've acquired a new rhythm set, a new producer, a new band name, and finally - a new CD. Fans at their CD release party last month raved at their new sound. Bliss, Jukebox Serenade's debut, features 11 new songs with thoughtful lyrics and fun tongue-in-cheek humor. At points, the vocals of the female singer seems like a throw back to the Cardigans of Romeo and Juliet fame. On other tracks, the heavy guitars remind us of tunes generated by Kelly Clarkson or Avril Lavine. My picks: Turning the Page and Crazy Completely. Check their website for upcoming appearances. - On Tap Magazine

"The Washingtonian: Local Listens: Jukebox Serenade"

By Rudi Greenberg

There’s an edge to what the Fairfax-based band Jukebox Serenade does, but it’s all grounded in pop sensibility. From the guitar riffs to singer Lena Esposito’s voice, Jukebox Serenade is a balance between rough and rounded.

“Abigail,” the first single from the band’s debut album, Bliss, charges ahead with abrasive guitars and Esposito’s sugary delivery, and it’s an undeniably danceable track.
- The Washingtonian - Rudi Greenberg


Jukebox Serenade "Waiting For You" single ©JSMusicLLC
Jukebox Serenade "Bliss" LP ©2009 Get Ringleadermusic Publishing
Ringleader "What He Says" single ©2007 Get Ringleadermusic Publishing
Ringleader "No Slide Guitar" EP ©2005 Get Ringleadermusic Publishing



Jukebox Serenade is Washington DC area Indie-Pop duo Lena Esposito and Chris Brownelle. With rock guitar and synthesizer sheen, their sound is a mix of styles ranging from The Pixies to The Cardigans, Beck to No Doubt.

Jukebox Serenade's focus is crisp songwriting, molded into tightly-arranged accessible pop tunes. Their 2009 full-length CD release "Bliss", showcases their indie-pop quality and writing style. "Bliss" is produced by Jim Ebert with performance and writing contributions from bassist Dean Perry and drummer Eddie Anzueto. Noted tracks include "Abigail" and "Crazy Completely", featured picks in The Washingtonian and Washington City Paper respectively.

As a follow-up to "Bliss", Jukebox Serenade plans to release mp3 singles throughout the year. Their first single released September 2010, "Waiting For You", is a light-hearted acoustic-based track featuring an alternative to "Bliss'" heavy guitar driven sound. Each single will be available for free downloading on the Jukebox Serenade website for a limited time.

All Jukebox Serenade releases, including songwriting team Esposito and Brownelle's entire catalog are available for Synchronization and Mechanical licensing. Please visit JSMusicpublishing.com to listen to downloadable track samples and for further information.