I know you all woke up this morning and thought to yourself, “Man! You know what would make today just the best day of all the days this week?! A Names to Faces blog post!” Well my dear friends, it’s your day to get exactly what you want.
First things first, let’s set the mood. Sit back, relax, listen to this song and then we’ll be ready to talk Jeanine.
I hope that was good for you! However, as much as you thoroughly enjoyed that viewing, I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “What on earth does that 90’s gem have to do with our Jeanine?” Well folks, there’s a small chance that without this song or the woman behind it, Names to Faces may not have ever had the rock star front woman that is Jeanine.
Discovering Mariah Carey made me want to be a singer. My friends told me I sound like her and I thought “Oh my god, I am her! I could be her!”
That’s not the only thing that could have set Jeanine on a different path. Her first instrument was the Oboe, which she chose because it was different and the flute was obnoxious, obviously. However her love of the oboe was short lived due to the fact that you cannot play the oboe and sing at the same time. So Jeanine learned to play the piano and although she enjoyed it, her dad had to push her to practice. It wasn’t until she got good enough to play whatever she wanted, like Always be my baby by Mariah Carey, that she truly started to love it.
By the time she was 15, she finally had enough songs to put out her first album, with the help of her father, Vince. Now all she would need to skyrocket her to fame was the right pop star pants which we unfortunately do not have photographic evidence of. It breaks all of our hearts, you’re not alone. Unbelievable was released on CD Baby and was the first of many to come.
Flash forward a few years and a few more albums, Jeanine’s singing career had been mostly solo, despite encouragement from her parents to get a band behind her! It was her husband Ryan who would put her together with Names to Faces.
All of the steps I’ve taken forward are because of the people around me.
Jeanine remembers being nervous that first, late night she ventured into the basement that was Dastardly Studios. Little did she know that it was in this very dimly lit basement, that Names to Faces would be born. She was just a suburb girl, was she too poppy? The first time she heard What more can I do?, known as Song 5 at the time, I swam the ocean blue immediately popped into her head and that was when she knew, she could write to this kind music. At this point the story leads into another story, that is a story for a another time.
Jeanine on Names to Faces
I love the direction the band has gone. We’ve all grown. The metal shows were fun, but now we are playing really good music that we all like. We are Rock ‘n’ Roll, there’s no other way to describe it. When we started we moved from one box to the next and then we just made our own box. The goal used to be to get famous, but it’s family and happiness that are important, we are doing something really cool and I want people to appreciate and hear what we do. I just want to do something cool that I can tell my kids about.
*Just a Reminder that we are opening for Saving Abel this Friday, April 28th at the Cabooze. See your favorite band member for tickets!*