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Web Link:
http://www.universalrepublic.com/ArtistProfile.aspx?A=558 - Universal Republic


Interview Web Link:
http://www.thecoverzone.com/RantsNRaves/savingjane.html - Marie Atwell- Coverzone.com


In celebration of Nastia’s Olympic success, Saving Jane is releasing a commemorative version of "Supergirl" available for download on Amazon. Nastia & Saving Jane have chosen Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the global leader in the breast cancer movement, as the beneficiary of 10% of the special edition songs’ sales. Supergirl is all about girl power and Nastia wants to support an organization that promotes healthy living and equal access to medical care for all women.

About The Susan G. Komen Foundation
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, the foundation has invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill that promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

Click on the album to the right or the banner below to visit Amazon.com, download the commemorative release of Supergirl and in the process support the work of the Susan G Koem Foundation. For more information about Saving Jane visit myspace.com/savingjane and for more information on breast health or breast cancer, visit komen.org.
- Natia Liukin Olympic Gymnastic All Around Gold Medalist 2008 www.nastialiukin.com


Rock band Saving Jane is fronted by Marti Dodson, a rocker chick with a throwback vibe to the likes of Patty Smyth or the Wilson sisters. She's sexy, but she also writes great songs and sings them with conviction. Saving Jane's new album, One Girl Revolution, is full of hooky songs and may just stick in your head for months. We talked to Dodson recently about the new album, answering to the name “Jane,” and why it's better to be on an indie label.


Bullz-Eye: So, One Girl Revolution is your third album. And you guys are back on Toucan Cove?

Marti Dodson: Yes.

BE: So what ultimately happened with Universal?

MD: We had basically a one-album deal with them. And when we went with them, we were kind of hoping things would turn out differently, and they really didn't. So, it was a mutual parting of ways.

BE: And you guys sold 100,000 albums?

MD: Uh-huh.

"I've started to realize that songwriting is such a personal thing to me. No one could ever tell me that it's not great or it's not perfect or whatever, and I started to realize that it's not just my journal entry, that songwriting is a craft. And I just tried to pay closer attention to what I was doing and how it was going to be palatable to people other than myself."
BE: And that wasn't enough for them?

MD: Well, it was kind of…I don't want to talk badly about anybody. We didn't feel like they gave us the kind of attention that we needed, and we couldn't really do the things that we wanted. So we wanted to go back to being indie and they didn't have any kind of issue with that. So…

BE: So that's good for you guys then?

MD: Yeah.

BE: And you sold 100,000 and I saw that you also had 600,000 downloads of “The Girl Next Door” song.

MD: Yeah.

BE: Did you ever think that you would achieve that somewhat overnight success?

MD: No, I mean I think it's something that you always hope for, but it still doesn't feel like we're actually talking about me (laughs).

BE: Right. And how did Toucan Cove find you guys in the first place?

MD: Toucan Cove's president had some kind of business relationship with our manager. And he had spoken to them about us a few times and they decided they were interested.

BE: Do you still have the same manager?

MD: Yeah.

BE: And who is that?

MD: Mark Liggett

BE: I've heard of Mark. So one thing I noticed about this album, like your last one, is that you guys really know your way around a hook, and there are some really great songs on here.

MD: Oh, thank you!

BE: You're welcome. So what are the influences that help shape your songwriting?

MD: I think I've just gotten better at it as a craft. I've started to realize that songwriting is such a personal thing to me. No one could ever tell me that it's not great or it's not perfect or whatever, and I started to realize that it's not just my journal entry, that songwriting is a craft. And I just tried to pay closer attention to what I was doing and how it was going to be palatable to people other than myself.

BE: OK, so who are some of the bands and artists that have been influences in your career?

MD: I've always been into a little bit more old-school stuff. I love Fleetwood Mac. I think they had fantastic pop songs in their time. I love Aerosmith. I love….and I'm trying to think of who else as songwriters…I love the Indigo Girls.

BE: And are you the main songwriter?

MD: Yeah.

BE: And does Pat (guitarist Pat Buzzard) co-write with you?

MD: On some songs. There are basically two songs on this album that I fully co-wrote in every sense of the word -- lyrics, music and everything. And then everything else I completely wrote myself, or I wrote with Pat, or I wrote music with someone else and wrote the lyrics.

"I don't think there is anything wrong with being aware of your sexuality. But I don't think that is anybody's only selling point. And so I think you should just be aware and pay attention to everything you have to offer, and don't let anybody put you in a box."
BE: In the press release, you talked about not really wanting to be a sex symbol, and you're probably going to have to fight that constantly.

MD: Sure.

BE: What message would you like to convey to aspiring young women making rock music?

MD: I don't think there is anything wrong with being aware of your sexuality. But I don't think that is anybody's only selling point. And so I think you should just be aware and pay attention to everything you have to offer, and don't let anybody put you in a box.

BE: Right. Do you get people constantly wanting to call you Jane?

MD: Oh yeah, (laughs) I answer to it now.

BE: And what is your favorite track on the new album and why?

MD: I like them so much for different reasons. But probably my favorite song is “What I Didn't Say.” Just lyrically I'm in love with that one and it's fun to sing live because it's a r - Mike Farley


Web Link:
http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/savingjane - RollingStone


The best albums are usually the ones with most variety - ballads, midtempo, upbeat songs and different moods all from agressive guitars to cool synthesizer melodies.
"One girl revolution" is such an album!
Female fronted Saving Jane has the world before their feet, it´s just a matter of time before you start humming on their infectious songs.
Vocalist Marti Dobson was involved in the songwriting process of all the songs together with guitarist Pat Buzzard and a few others outside songwriters.
These songs can be loved by fans of so many different genres, 80´s rockers, modern pop freaks, country lovers and even modern rock people.
Imagine making a soup of Bon Jovi´s "Lost highway", Natalie Imbruglia´s "Torn", Patty Smyth´s "The Warrior", spiced with Dixie Chicks and Faith Hill - voila! there you have Saving Jane.
This album is strong enough to fill up a jukebox with all of it´s 12 songs, it´s so easy to love SJ´s music when they deliver a cascade of hits on a smorgasbord packaged in a luxurious production.
If there´s any justice in this world, then songs like "Nicotine", "Better day", "Loser", "What I didn´t say", "One girl revolution", "Grace", "From the sky" or "Writing on the wall" should turn up on movie soundtracks, tv series and MTV.
Their best album without doubt!
- RothnRoll.Blogspot.com


The rock world is a difficult place for female fronted bands, escaping the comparisons to No Doubt and Garbage is no easy task. Saving Jane is an example of a band that has no business drawing such comparisons; they are in a whole different class than the aforementioned bands. This band has a lead singer that actually writes her own lyrics, a rare trait today. Granted, Marti Dodson is easy on the eyes, but putting that aside, she brings the whole package musically. Strong hooks, intense vocals, and lyrics that are heartfelt, and in many cases cleverly written. This is evident not only on the title track and first single “Girl Next Door”, but also on the hook filled “Happy” which could easily be a hit on radio today. Starting off as an acoustic duo singing at bonfires, this band has moved to an alternative rock sound, which in many ways seems to have helped the band craft well arranged songs, one of Saving Jane’s strengths. Given the right promotion, Saving Jane could easily become a breakout band in 2006, and redefine what a female fronted rock band is all about. - Chad with Alternative Addiction


What started out as simply a campfire song between strangers soon turned into a musical connection in the form of the Columbus, OH-based alternative pop/rock group Saving Jane. It was at this bonfire that vocalist Marti Dodson (then a junior at Ohio State University) and rhythm guitarist Pat Buzzard first met and subsequently became friends. The pair began writing songs together and when the time came to record their work, local drummer Dak Goodman was recruited to help. The trio found something in each other, and the decision was made to form an actual band. Booking their first show, they took the name Saving Jane from a cartoon Dodson had been doodling one late night at the studio. As the band slowly began making a name for itself around Columbus, an additional lead guitarist, Kris Misevski, and a borrowed bass player from Goodman's cover band rounded out the group. About a year later, tensions within the band lead to the departure of their borrowed bassist, and Jeremy Martin replaced him in 2002. Two years later, as Saving Jane found their style shifting more from acoustic roots to alternative rock, their manager insisted that Dodson's be emphasized over the rest of the band; these changes eventually led to the exit of their lead guitarist. Mike Unger filled in the guitar gap, while keyboardist Joe Cochran completed the lineup later on. Saving Jane's full-length debut, Girl Next Door, was issued in October 2005 on Toucan Cove, and the title track found the band making their debut on the Billboard charts. Next signing to Universal, the band recorded a few additional tracks for an April 2006 re-release of their debut album on Republic/Universal. The early months of 2006 also saw guitarist Unger stepping down from the band for personal reasons; Brandon Hagan joined on in his place. ~ Corey Apar, All Music Guide

- MTV


Marti Dodson forged her musical path while still in high school, playing clarinet in the marching band. That love of music spilled over into college, where she picked up the guitar and was introduced to some like-minded individuals. That's how Saving Jane was born.

As the vocalist and main songwriter, Dodson quickly shaped the six-member band's "pop that rocks" musical direction.

On Dec. 17, Saving Jane's debut single, "Girl Next Door," entered the Pop 100 chart. It currently bullets at No. 86.

The song, from the album of the same name, is based on Dodson's high-school experience:

"She is the prom queen, I'm in the marching band
She is a cheerleader, I'm sitting on the stands
She gets the top bunk, I'm sleeping on the floor
She's Miss America, and I'm just the girl next door."


"We have a lot of female fans because of that song," says Dodson. "So many people seem to feel it so deeply. I didn't anticipate it being what it has become. I was just writing a story about me."

Aside from making a connection with listeners, the band's small indie label, Toucan Cove, has had a lot to do with the song's success.

"They really believe in our song and our music, so they're doing everything they can to make it successful," she says, noting that the label is also investing in its own future. "Obviously if anybody on the label becomes successful it helps the other acts. So if there was another band doing well that would hopefully bode well for me, and I hope that that works in reverse, too.

"The best part is seeing people out there getting into your music and singing along," she adds. "It's kind of like all of us are on this big rollercoaster together. Some people are steering in the front and the rest of us are in the back along for the ride."

All joking aside, Dodson is indeed in the driver's seat. She wrote or co-wrote every song on the album, and, as the only female member, she is also the face associated with Saving Jane.

"Mostly it's just me throwing my experiences out there and hoping that other people are feeling the same way," she says of the album's lyrical content. "I really, really like the lyrical style that the Indigo Girls use, and performance-wise one of my super heroes is Steven Tyler [of Aerosmith].

"Growing up I was very into '50s and '60s music. Until I was 11 or 12, that was about the only thing that I listened to," she adds. "I think a lot of that music is crafted in a specific way -- it's very hooky and very sing-along. And I think that shows up in a lot of what I do."

And let's not forget the marching band: "That's where I learned how to read music and where I learned what harmonies are. So that was really the foundation for me going into music," Dodson points out.

So what's next on the agenda for Saving Jane?

"Rock super stardom," laughs Dodson. "Or mini-stardom."
- Billboard.com- Katy Kroll


JIVE Magazine Rating: 5 out of 5

Saving Jane, fronted by Marti Dodson, proved itself ready for the next step in an already impressive musical journey by earning #1-grade radio support: For weeks in a row, Saving Jane was the #1 added indie (as many adds as Keith Urban and Black Eyes Peas), and now, that adds up to a Top 60 single, quickly moving up the charts. From Sirius Hits 1, to northern California and mid-Mississippi, upstate New York to all points Midwest, this “Girl Next Door” will not be ignored. “Girl Next Door” and the full-length CD from Toucan Cove Entertainment (October 11), showcase Dodson’s accessible writing style, which has been described as musical journaling. Each song reflects Dodson’s girl power in every shade, from delicate and sensitive, to ballsy and pissed off. In addition to #1 phones in many markets, traffic and interaction at the band’s web site has been extraordinary. “I heard “Girl Next Door” on Sirius.. and fell head over heels in love with it! I can so relate to that song.” “ I haven’t been moved like I was moved when I heard “Girl Next Door”, it really hit home for me.. it really touched me...” “... it gives me so much strength... and it makes me realize I am stronger by myself than any guy could ever make me...” Saving Jane is reaching out to everyone. Girls are relating to Marti’s lyrics and adopting her favorite stage attire (legwarmers). Guys are into the music and clamoring for souvenirs from Marti (usually socks).

- Jive Magazine


Discography

* Girl Next Door ‘06
* Now 22 ‘06
* One Girl Revolution ‘07
* Supergirl , single ‘08

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For anyone who has grown annoyed by the music industry’s habit of selling songs with sex rather than substance, Marti Dodson has an album for you. It’s more like a movement. With One Girl Revolution, Saving Jane’s lead singer is trying to bring us back to a time when songs were based around heartfelt stories that didn’t have be delivered with a wink and a wiggle.

As her bandmates exorcise their inner rock god on the hard-charging, hooky One Girl Revolution—turning the band’s third disc into perhaps their most electrified outing—Dodson urges her fans to be themselves and to reject how females are treated in the music industry and in the media.

If Saving Jane’s previous disc, Girl Next Door (Toucan Cove/Universal), was a bit more sedate, on One Girl Revolution Dodson and company didn’t hesitate to plug in and rev it up. But the rockers are mixed with acoustic-driven, midtempo tracks that are sure to light up the radio. “I think this album is a really good representation of who we are as a band,” says Dodson. “What you hear on the album is what you’re gonna see live.”

The album is very much a reaction to their one-album tenure on a major label, during which she and the group scored a massive hit single while also finding others controlling their image and sound, or at least attempting to. While Dodson is indeed a hottie herself, she was much more interested in singing and writing from the heart than shaking her rump.
She penned One Girl Revolution’s title track after peeping a group of photos taken of her, all of which had been airbrushed: “I was pretty irritated by it, because we have a lot of young fans, and I didn’t want these girls to be looking at these pictures, thinking, ‘I could never look like that,’ because I don’t look like that either. The song started to be about that, and the whole superficiality of the music industry in general, and then it turned into this thing about all these girls selling sex instead of music.
“When I listen to the radio, or when I watch videos, it seems like every song is about sex, and every video focuses on girls without clothes on. It’s like, ‘Don’t we, as females, have more to offer than that?’”
Meanwhile, songs like “What I Didn’t Say” and “Let Me Down Easy” are straight-up relationship songs touching on the different sides of the loss of a lover, or would-be lover. The stark, piano ballad “Grace” is a song about faith, and “Better Day” finds the 28-year-old Dodson picking herself up after a period of loneliness and despair.

“I like what I say on this album,” she says. “I like coming out with a really strong point of view, especially about where the music industry is with females. I think it’s important to get that message out there. There’s not nearly enough appreciation for girls who are smart, who aren’t talking about anything but the booty. There's certainly more to write about when describing the female condition than to always be talking about our sexuality—not that that's a bad thing. But we do have a little more to us than that.”

In some respects, One Girl Revolution finally realizes the goal the gospel-weaned Dodson and co-founder/guitarist Pat Buzzard set when they formed Saving Jane some six years ago. The seed for the band was planted when Dodson surprisingly sat in with Buzzard at a campfire party one night while attending college at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

The chemistry was immediate: “We just felt connected right away,” says Dodson, born in the tiny Ohio town of Ironton. “I don’t know how to describe it. It’s almost like meeting somebody that you’re going to date, but it was never like that with us. It was like, ‘Wow, I get this person and they get me.’”

Gelling over their mutual admiration for the likes of James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac and Janis Joplin, the duo began working the OSU bar circuit, and filling out the band with members would who eventually come and go. (The current band is rounded out by drummer Dak Goodman and bassist Jeremy Martin.)

In 2002, the band self-released its 11-song debut, Something to Hold Onto. Three years later came Girl Next Door (Toucan Cove), with which the band build a grassroots following, scoring regional radio exposure, which led to regional tours. In April 2006, Dodson and company signed a deal with Universal for the re-release of Girl Next Door, which has gone on to sell 100,000 copies, propelled by the smash title track.

“Girl Next Door” became a hit on both radio and iTunes, where it was downloaded some 600,000 times. The gold-certified single became the theme for MTV’s Tiara Girls, and was included on the hit compilation Now 22.

It has helped the band register more than 2.5 million profile views on MySpace, where the song has been played more than 7 million times. It also brought Saving Jane and Dodson to the country’s attention: Since 2005, Dodson—a born stage performer who thrives in the spotlight—and Saving Jane have toured nationwide, opening for the likes o