11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jennifer Hanson's second album was five years in the making. Where 2003's self-titled debut kicked out some rootsy jams with vintage gear, 2008's Thankful sounds stepped up with more contemporary production and innovative instrumentation — "Joyride" boasts sequenced dance beats and a Moog keyboard. The former Miss California of 1994 steps back in time with the single "'73" (the year she was born). It's an autobiographical account set to mellow balladry with lyrics that muse on the nostalgia of growing up in Southern California, recalling what it was like to be a young girl with divorcing parents and what might have happened had they stayed together. If the more twangy "Bittersweet" reminds you somewhat of The Wreckers, it could be because Hanson wrote their smash hit "Leave The Pieces." The poppy "Won't Give Up" grooves with a four-on-the-floor beat and a guitar riff that sounds sampled from The Rolling Stones' "Beast Of Burdon." And "Stepping Off" is so catchy and memorable it's hard to imagine why it wasn't a first choice for a radio single instead.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jennifer Hanson's second album was five years in the making. Where 2003's self-titled debut kicked out some rootsy jams with vintage gear, 2008's Thankful sounds stepped up with more contemporary production and innovative instrumentation — "Joyride" boasts sequenced dance beats and a Moog keyboard. The former Miss California of 1994 steps back in time with the single "'73" (the year she was born). It's an autobiographical account set to mellow balladry with lyrics that muse on the nostalgia of growing up in Southern California, recalling what it was like to be a young girl with divorcing parents and what might have happened had they stayed together. If the more twangy "Bittersweet" reminds you somewhat of The Wreckers, it could be because Hanson wrote their smash hit "Leave The Pieces." The poppy "Won't Give Up" grooves with a four-on-the-floor beat and a guitar riff that sounds sampled from The Rolling Stones' "Beast Of Burdon." And "Stepping Off" is so catchy and memorable it's hard to imagine why it wasn't a first choice for a radio single instead.

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About Jennifer Hanson

Country siren Jennifer Hanson was born in 1973 to a pair of working musicians in La Habra, CA, where she cultivated the knowledge and experience that would lead her to an inevitable career in music. Like idols Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, Hanson discovered Nashville at a young age, testing the waters during the early '90s before establishing a home there in 1995. She met husband/songwriter Mark Nesler in 1997, signed a publishing deal with Acuff Rose the year after, and by 2000 had inked a deal with Capitol. Her blend of pop/rock and glossy new country hit the airwaves in 2002 with the single "Beautiful Goodbye." She released her self-titled debut in February 2003. Although she wouldn't release an album for the next few years her songs were being performed by the likes of the Wreckers ("Leave the Pieces") and former American Idol contestant Bucky Covington ("Different World"). In 2007 she reappeared on the Nashville South label with the single "Joyride." ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    La Habra, CA
  • GENRE
    Country
  • BORN
    August 10, 1973

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