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Jane Godfrey

Jane Godfrey writes songs which honor the ordinary and reveal the beauty and little truths in everyday life.  In a genre she calls “urban campfire cabaret”, her songs showcase strong melodies and an eclectic mix of folk, blues, rock, and beyond.  Jane possesses both a poetic sensibility, influenced by literary songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin, and, drawing inspiration from John Prine and Steve Goodman; a knack for storytelling with a subtle sense of humor. With songs both personal and universal, Jane moves her audiences and draws them in to share her intimate virtual campfire circle.

St. Louis native, Jane Godfrey, has been singing and playing guitar most of her life.  Coming from a large family of musicians and artists, Jane has always been creatively inclined.  Jane received validation early in her songwriting career when her song, “Thank You Ms Juliette”, a bluegrass tribute to Juliette Lowe, the founder of the Girl Scouts, was included in the Girl Scouts of the USA’s CD, “Sisters Hand in Hand”  Jane’s passion for songwriting grew, prompting road-trips to Nashville where her skills were nurtured by attending songwriting workshops and performing at writers’ showcases, including the infamous Bluebird Cafe.  Before completing her own CD, another one of Jane’s songs, “Finally Loving Myself”, was chosen to be included on Nashville songwriter Gracie Vandiver’s recovery music CD, “Trail of Light”, which also includes such songwriting greats as Paul Williams and Mary Gauthier.  Jane’s own debut CD, “Choose Beauty”, includes 12 songs, many of which are enhanced by a blend of sibling harmonies and musicianship.  “Choose Beauty” is a collection of original Americana songs, grown from Jane’s imagination, experience, and observations of the drama, comedy, and beauty in everyday life.

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I am looking forward to my upcoming travels!  First, I'm heading to Chicago to participate in Sue Fink's Musical Mondays series at Uncommon Ground.  I'll be in the round with Sue Fink, Robin Bienemann, and Charles Murphy...no doubt we'll have a lot of laughs as well as put our hearts on the line in song.  After that, Sue and I will hit the road again - a little follow-up after our "Ya Just Never Know" tour last summer. (Read all about those adventures here: https://yajust.wordpress.com/   We're going to Tulsa and Dallas to perform in a couple of house concerts. Can't wait!

My big family show is coming up.  This project has been in production in my mind for years, but it wasn't until last summer when I found the right venue (1900 Park) that it started to become a reality.  I'll be performing with my siblings and extended family members in a family-themed concert.  Two of my sisters are artists and their amazingly beautiful artworks (also family-themed) will be hanging in the gallery where we will be performing.  More on this later.

 

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