On the Other Side
Sometimes the music says it all. Jennifer Brantley says a lot in her latest release The Other Side on Blue Room Records. 'I just want to create great songs. I'm obsessed with great songs,' she says about her music. With the help of guitar player and co-writer David Hand, Jennifer explores the many different facets of life on life's terms and relationships. Song craft is the key ingredient in Jennifer's material. Her vocals twist and turn with her melodies and chord progressions, bringing to mind that lost soothing warmth that can be heard in voices like Patsy Cline and Emmy Lou Harris. Jennifer's career is not lacking in milestones and achievements. She has sold over 5,000 tapes and CDs, selling 2500 in seven months at performances alone. She has received radio play from independent stations throughout the U.S. and even Hawaii. She has played in front of crowds of over 4,000 in venues in California and the South. She has played the Thunderbird Theatre in Branson, MO, and the Talladega Super Motor Speedway. In 1997, she recorded her first full length CD with the help of producer Tommy Allsup. Since moving to Nashville in December of 2001, Jennifer has quickly gained the respect of Music City's performing songwriters' community. In November of 2002, she was asked to be a member of Folkswagon Beatles, an Americana version of the Opry that features some Nashville's hottest new talent, as well as some seasoned veteran players. Her dead-on pitch and sweet harmonies have also made her a highly sought after back up vocalist, as well. In recent months, Jennifer has begun to conquer the internet via Mp3.com and Garageband. 'You Left Me Crying' shot up to #11 on Mp3.com's Country General charts, (which like radio is based on plays) within a week of being uploaded, and remained ahead of names like Dolly Parton and Nickel Creek for over a month. ' I Need A Place also grabbed a #12 spot on the same charts. 'She's Just Fine' hit #1 on Mp3's Americana charts and 'Did It For You,' ' Oh Why Did It take So Long, ' and 'She Will Survive' hit #2,3,4, also on the Americana charts. 'I Need A Place' hit # 1 overall on Garageband.com, the second largest internet music site. With a chart system based on listener reviews, she also grabbed a #2 slot on the site's Folk/country charts. 'Did It For You' is currently on rotation for the worldwide syndicated radio program Independent Country Universe. According to show's program director Marc Baum, the response and feed back has been unbelievable. The song also won an Honorable Mention Award From Billboard's World Song Contest. Jennifer was born in Florida and raised in Mississippi and California. She was also born a musician. She began hammering on the piano at age one. Both of her parents were musicians and encouraged her to start taking piano at age six. She wrote and recorded her first song at age ten, using an old reel to reel. Later she taught herself to play guitar as well. Jennifer began her performances playing gospel. The church was a big influence on her early songwriting. She played with her sisters in churches and various venues opening for acts like David and the Giants. 'Growing up in Mississippi and California you get exposed to quite a lot musically and culturally,' she says.