Singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly went to Boston to study opera, then to Los Angeles to perform as a jazz vocalist, before returning home to Raleigh, N.C., and recording an American folk album.
"I guess I'm back home doing what I always wanted to do," she says.
Jolly's influences include Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton, and her original work contains elements from all three, while pulling sounds and melodies from soul and pop music.
"Some of the songs have a strong country belt, some of them have a jazz feel," she says.
She debuted her first solo EP in 2010 and her first full-length album in October, "Angels," released by The Foreign Exchange Music imprint, and she is supporting it with live shows this winter along the East Coast.
In her travels she will make her first stop in New Jersey at Library III restaurant for a special performance with her trio, featuring drummer Nick Baglio and eight-string guitarist Chris Boerner. The show will focus on her own songs plus covers she says might include Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen.
"We really like that, more of an intimate setting," she says.
Learn more and hear her music: JeanneJolly.com
See Jeanne Jolly perform at Library III restaurant at 6605 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.