On Cloud Nine, and
then some: Singer releases first album
JENNIFER GINN/Sun City Editor
Jennifer Webb isn't exactly
sure where she's going, but she's having a great time getting there.
The Winchester resident is working on a promotional tour for her first
album, "Cloud 10." She'll be performing at the Leeds Center for the Arts
on April 4-5, along with a concert at Cole Ford-Mercury on April 5.
"Well, I guess (I'm)
new country, more pop sounding," said Ms. Webb, a native of Middlesboro
who moved to Winchester in 1989. "It's like Shania Twain, Faith Hill."
Ms. Webb is no stranger to the local music scene. She has been
performing with the band Off the Ground for the past seven years.
Although music has been her life's passion from the time she was 3 years
old and singing in the church choir, it almost seems accidental that her
first album ever was made.
"I had a songwriter from Nashville call," Ms. Webb said. "She had heard
a demo that I did several years ago. She asked if I would be interested
in doing an album and if so, she wanted to send me some of her work.
"Her name is Lisa Palas. She, I think, was born in Richmond, Ky. She's a
very well-known writer in Nashville now. She's written for Reba McEntire
and Diamond Rio."
So Ms. Webb had some good songs, but there's a lot more than just music
to making an album. That's where JP Pennington, a member of the group
Exile, comes in.
"A friend of mine was on the road as their stage manager and did their
sound," she said. "He took some of the songs I was listening to of
Lisa's. JP happened to know who she was and asked why he had them. He
introduced me to JP at their next show. He listened to my demo and asked
if he could help me in any way.
"It was awesome. We were really lucky. I got lucky."
Pennington ended up producing and arranging the album, as well as
writing several of the songs and playing many of the instruments
featured on the tracks. Two of the songs - "It's a Guy Thing" and "Every
Angel in Heaven" - were written by Ms. Palas.
"We've started a promotional tour, kind of as an independent label now,"
Ms. Webb said. "It's been picked up by FYE Records, which is Disc
Jockey. ... We've kind of worked it out where we can do a concert at the
mall to help promote the album.
"We're doing real good. Sales are going great. We're already having to
order again. We're real happy."
The albums, said Ms. Webb, primarily are being sold at Disc Jockey
outlets in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. They are available at several
places locally, including Jams Music Exchange, Rifle City Collectibles,
Daffodils and Shopper's Market.
Ms. Webb, who works part time as a nurse in Dr. Thomas Burchett's
office, said she isn't sure what path her career will take next. Whether
she hits the big time or not, she's having a great time doing what she
"The whole music industry has changed so much, I'm not really sure where
it's going," Ms. Webb said. "Independent labels are becoming bigger and
bigger. ... So I don't know if the traditional going to Nashville and
getting a label is how it's going to be or go the route we're going and
make your own things happen.
"If Nashville called, I would go immediately. ... We're waiting until we
get a few of these under our belt so we can go down and show them what
we're doing on our own. I'm loving it. It's a dream."