Jena has been writing songs for over 25 years. She has an Associate of Art degree in music from Santa Barbara City College and a Bachelor of Art degree in music from University of California Santa Barbara. She is a single parent of a very musically talented teenage boy named Dylan Douglas. She has just completed a book on Songwriting called, Jena’s Book Of Songwriting 1 and plays with her rock band on a regular basis. Jena is looking forward to touring and writing more songs over the summer, and recording a new CD, “The Face Of Enigma”, with a little more on edge. “The Face Of the Engima” will be more on the Bluesy Rock Style as her songwriting skills keep evolving or revolving.
Her latest CD, “The Ballad of Calamity”, has a gotten some great reviews from all over the world. Nicky from Fireworks mag. in the UK states, “ Americana ...... at its finest”. The Ballad Of Calamity has such a collaborative feel because she recorded it with her friends and family. Kenny Edwards plays electric guitar, bass and mandolin, and is a phenomenal friend and musician who is founding member of The Stone Poneys with Linda Ronstadt. George Pendergast drummer from the band Dishwalla. Tony Ybarra classical guitar and graduate from USC. Keith Douglas, Jena's nephew, horn player for The Mad Caddies. Robinson Eikenberry very popular producer/engineer. He just finished mixing a live Cd of Karla Bonoff. The music is a sonic tapestry woven together from Jena's varied musical influences, from Johnny Cash to The Who. Recording songs is an art form. In the studio the songs become a picture of the moment of each song. Some songs are recorded simply, such as "Goodbye", while others have a complex texture involving an added soundscape, like "You Don't Wanna Know". "The Ballad of Calamity" takes the listener on a journey. For more information on The Ballad Of Calamity, see, www.jenadouglas.com
Over the years, Jena has more than 50 songs recorded. Starting with an all woman band in the eighties called “Wet Paint” to her next to last CD, “Faded Fiction”. “Faded Fiction” was recorded in 1998 with Ben Forrest Davis (formally with Sugarcult) as co-producer, drummer, guitar player and background vocalist. Also featured are some of the same musicians from “The Ballad Of Calamity”; Tony Ybarra, Keith Douglas and Dr. John Clark. “Faded Fiction” was recorded during the time Jena was attending, Santa Barbara City College. “And I Fell” from this CD was performed in front of David Crosby. David Crosby was very moved by the song and very personable to Jena about her song as you can read from the article, “Advice From The Woodstock Era”, see www.jenadouglas.com press/reviews.
After receiving her degree from the University in 2001, Jena plunged back into her songwriting and in 2004 released her songs recorded in 1998 as, “Faded Fiction” then went on to record, “The Ballad Of Calamity”. To promote her CD she put together a band and now is playing clubs and festivals around the Santa Barbara area. She is also submitting songs to film and TV and has just completed her songwriting book, Jena’s Book Of Songwriting One to be published this year, 2009.
Jena Douglas and The Ballad of Calamity "live"
Jena Douglas - Acoustic Guitar, and Lead vocals
Jim Rankin - Bass and vocals
John Caprara lead guitar, pedal steel and vocals
Barry Birmingham - Drums and background vocals
The Ballad of Calamity (2007)
Faded Fiction (2004)
Jena Douglas (1991) Cassette
Jena and the Uninvited EP (1985)
Nov. 11th 2008, Jena Douglas’ version of "Walk On By" is at # 22 on the artist underground Rock charts.
July 29th 2008 Kings and Queens at # 5 Country charts! Artist Underground country charts.
May 13th 2008 Jena Douglas’ version of “Walk On By” is at #13
Feb 9th 2008 Jena Douglas’ version of “Walk On By” is at # 21
May 23 2007, Kings and Queens Rodeo gets to # 26 on the American Idol Underground country charts.
May 2008, fireworks Magazine UK - Nicky- Rock Journalist. To read complete article see: press reviews www.jenadouglas.com
March 12th 1998 “Nice song.” David Crosby quote from article, Just a little song I wrote about song, “And I Fell”. To read the entire article see. Press Reviews, www.jenadouglas.com
Website: HYPERLINK "http://www.jenadouglas.com" www.jenadouglas.com, HYPERLINK "http://www.jmuse.net" www.jmuse.net
Myspace: HYPERLINK "http://www.myspace.com/jenadouglas" www.myspace.com/jenadouglas
YouTube: HYPERLINK "http://www.youtube.com/jenadouglas58" www.youtube.com/jenadouglas58
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“Anyone can make a music CD but this is like musical theatre!” – Kenny Edwards (The Stone Poneys with Linda Ronstadt)
“…a sweet sensitive voice along with a classy arrangement.” – Jim David (Hal David’s son)
“Americana…at its finest.” – Fireworks Magazine, UK
“The Ballad Of Calamity is filled with soothing songs to fill your weary soul” - Darrel Cox KSVR FM
Saturday June 13, 2009
between 12 and 12:30 PM
Old Spanish Days
A Festival Celebrating the Past
Saturday June 20th
2 PM to 4 PM
Friday June 26, 2009 – 7:00PM
Cold Spring Tavern
Santa Barbara, CA
Monday July 6th
6864 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91402
WHERE TO PURCHASE BAND MERCHANDISE AND CDs
CD’s ‘The Ballad of Calamity’ and ‘Faded Fiction’ available for purchase on the following sites:
HYPERLINK "http://www.jenadouglas.com" www.jenadouglas.com
HYPERLINK "http://www.jmuse.net" www.jmuse.net
HYPERLINK "http://www.myspace.com/jenadouglas" www.myspace.com/jenadouglas
as well as thru HYPERLINK "http://www.cdbaby.com/jenadouglas" www.cdbaby.com/jenadouglas and www.iTunes.com/jenadouglas
To purchase, Calamity’s Book Of Songwriting, One. www.jenadouglascom www.amazon.com/
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