North Carolina-based singer/songwriter Jeanne Jolly began her musical career as a featured vocalist for Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti before making a nice splash as a rootsy singer/songwriter on her 2012 solo debut “Angels.” Jolly raises the bar even higher on sophomore platter “A Place to Run,” which finds her effortlessly blending elements of country, folk and soul into a tasty sonic stew.
“When I look at ‘A Place to Run,’ I realize every song speaks to that title,” Jolly explains. “There are songs about a place to run to get away from grief or deal with it. There are songs about a place to run to be with the one you love, or a person being someone you can run toward.”
Jolly’s got one of those beautiful voices that would sound good singing just about anything. Fortunately she’s also an accomplished songwriter as well, and that helps make “A Place to Run” truly special. Among the many highlights of the too-short eight-track, 35-minute platter are “Matches and Gasoline,” “Gypsy Skin,” “Boundless Love,” personal favorite “Without You” and “Circles in the Sky.” Do yourself a favor and track down a copy of this fantastic release. You won’t regret it. (Jeffrey Sisk)