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Tell It Like It Is

by Jen Shankman

Edgy, intelligent folk-rock, hooks and melodies that will keep you humming long after the last track has ended.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Tell It Like It Is
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2. Faith
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3. Caught Off Guard
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4. You Want It So
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5. Heaven Help Me
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6. Make You Mine
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7. Don't Want to Feel
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8. Back of My Head
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9. Hazy
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10. Thank You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Armed with her guitar and a voice that rings out from the caverns of her soul, Jen Shankman will keep you on the edge of your seat. At a mere 5'1", when this New Yorker takes the stage, she is anything but small. With the right combination of bare-boned honesty, carefully-crafted melodies and a wry sense of humor, Jen will make you want to laugh and cry, and above all, she will make you think. She is a force to be reckoned with, a performer who has truly learned to stand on her convictions.

Jen was born and raised in New Rochelle, New York. Her father (a pilot) and her mother (a teacher) always played music in the house. Jen studied viola, clarinet, voice and guitar, but it wasn't until College that she began writing and performing her own material. "I discovered Shawn Colvin first in a line of intelligent songwriters who really focused on melody and song structure. I always knew I wanted to do music, but that is when I first realized my focus." Jen picked up her guitar and a pen and she hasn't put them down since. Having been raised in and around New York City, Jen learned to draw on the highs and lows of both city living and human relationships--catching glimpses of stranger's lives and writing stories, and always drawing on her own experience.

Jen has won fans and left a lasting impression at clubs and colleges up and down the east coast. Most notable venues include Madison Square Garden, the MCI Center, the legendary Bitter End (New York, NY), Club Passim (Boston, MA) and Eddie's Attic (Decatur, GA). Jen has had the distinct honor of playing guitar for Joan Osborne and has appeared with such notable talents as Ani DiFranco, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Patty Griffin, Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo), Ellis Paul and Jonatha Brooke. She was a finalist in the Lilith Fair Talent Search, and a winner in the Musician's Guide Independent Music Awards. Jen has also appeared with her band on the Oxygen Network, and performed at V-Day 2001 at Madison Square Garden. With her third CD under her belt, Jen has once again proven herself as both a gifted writer and a powerhouse performer. One little girl, one big voice, just listen.

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CD Baby


Well on her way to becoming the next CD Baby favorite folk pop artist, Jen Shankman mixes electronics and acoustics like a master chemist with something spooky and futuristic up her sleeve. Her harmonic textures and backdrops alone can steal your heart; add her honest, clean and unpretentious voice to that and her natural, effortless songwriting and you have an album that gleams with earthy yet polished perfection. Her songs don't happen to you, they happen within you, filling up every open space with song.
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Hannah

wonderful!
this cd is beautiful! the songs are just the right balance of folky and poppy. jen's voice is awesome. the lyrics are perfect.
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Steve Lyall

Enjoyable music with an uplifting feel to it.
Nice upbeat CD with good songs and fine melodies. Lovely voice. Overall an enjoyable easy listen.
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CD Baby


Well on her way to becoming the next CD Baby favorite folk pop artist, Jen Shankman mixes electronics and acoustics like a master chemist with something spooky and futuristic up her sleeve. Her harmonic textures and backdrops alone can steal your heart; add her honest, clean and unpretentious voice to that and her natural, effortless songwriting and you have an album that gleams with earthy yet polished perfection. Her songs don't happen to you, they happen within you, filling up every open space with song.
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Michael

Wow what a great CD
I love this CD. The words, the music, everything is perfect.
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Steve Meltzer

Power and passion in one package . . .
Power and passion in one package . . . Jen Shankman's third CD is her best yet! From the first cut to the last, she spans a range of emotions effortlessly with each song with its own unique angelic angst. A definite must have in your CD collection -- way to go, Jen!
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Ira

The next generation of incredible women!
What a great album from start to finish. With a beautiful voice Jen Shankman really understands what it means to sing and to be a singer! Like a great new twist on those powerful female voices from the 70s, Carole King, Carly Simon, etc. These songs will find a great place to live in your head and heart - this is what music is all about.
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Margie

Have it on all time
This CD is great. I've been keeping it in my CD player every day and when friends come over they always want to know who I'm listening to! Everyone thinks it is awesome. Makes me feel the same way my Carly Simon CD used to in the 80's!
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