JODELLE
www.jodelle.net

 







All of the songs on Jodelle’s self-released debut, The Adventures of Jodelle, speak in a musical language all her own: long melodies threading through dramatic changes, hypnotic piano accompaniments, dreamy yet urgent vocals.  Vivid characters haunt each of its tracks.  They also raise some questions: How could someone who lives a somewhat normal life produce such music?  How could anyone achieve this emotional power and sheer craftsmanship just a few years after daring to write her first song?

The answers lie in the real Adventures of Jodelle… which depicts an inner world as real as New Jersey where Jodelle was born.  Surrounded by family who were supportive but not remotely inclined to music, Jodelle’s passion for the piano and voice seemed to come out of nowhere.  Her parents bought a used upright piano when she was in fourth grade.  It was at that time she began classical piano lessons and vocal training.  Strangely, though, performances throughout elementary school, high school and college only involved either singing or playing, not both simultaneously.  It would be a few years until she realized that marrying the two instruments would be the key to her identity.  When asked at which point she actually began writing music, Jodelle recalls improvising at the piano for hours at a time.  “Instead of practicing with sheet music, as I should have done, I would improvise,” she says.  “By the time I was in high school I was composing instrumental pieces, although I never structured them into songs.  That was more of an emotional release than to play something someone else had written.”

First, however, she earned a degree in communications and audio engineering at Ithaca College, reasoning that as a producer she could find a foothold in the music industry.  For a while she followed this plan, at one point combining two internships, at a record label and a recording studio, with a waitress gig.  Eventually she started playing solo coffeehouse and club gigs around New York where she was able to try out her original material on eager audiences. 

In 2002 Jodelle recorded her first solo EP, Find Me If You Can.  Right after its release she started writing for The Adventures of Jodelle.  Inspiration for its dark, deep tunes rose from somewhere she hadn’t yet tapped and motivated her toward more ambitious plans for recording.  By early 2004 Jodelle had recruited Chris Badami to engineer and co-produce (The Early November, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Hidden in Plain View, Midtown) and Greg Calbi to master the record (John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Aimee Mann, Ani DiFranco).  Backed by players who know how to focus every cymbal crash and cello sigh on her performance, Jodelle brought her vision to life with a clarity that is rare even on the work of more experienced artists.

A sold-out performance at New York’s Cutting Room marked release of the album.  Radio pounced on it; WUSB at Stony Brook University put it at number one on their airplay list early in 2005, with college and internet stations around the country giving her prominent exposure as well.  Reviewers voiced their enthusiasm: Alex Henderson of the All Music Guide gave The Adventures of Jodelle four out of five stars, and at GoGirlsMusic, Mark Fisher writes “Jodelle's powerful and intimate style is immediately captivating and her latest album is top notch from the songwriting to the artwork.  She has raised the bar for indie musicians everywhere…”

As Jodelle rides this momentum the question remains: How does someone from so “normal” a background produce music that shimmers beneath waves of emotions and rises above that current on the strength of its own eloquent courage?

Our answer:  Talent – even exceptional and uncommon talent comes from unexpected places. So it is with Jodelle, whose adventures are only now about to begin.