Probably the best description of the JaneDear Girls--the rockin', stylin', groovin' duo that's been making considerable buzz in Nashville of late--comes from their producer: "They are the girls next door that kick country a--."
That producer would be none other than John Rich, who knows a bit about artistic rear-kicking. Rich discovered the girls at one of his infamous MuzikMafia events, was promptly bowled over by their ability to "bring it," and helped Susie Brown and Danelle Leverett on their way to a record deal--resulting in the release of their self-titled debut record on February 1.
But these two women are far more than flashy looks and attitude. Brown comes from a musical family and was winning state competitions for her violin skills at a tender age. Leverett, originally set on pursuing gymnastics, turned to songwriting after an injury and also began winning contests. The two met in Nashville post-college, where they instantly clicked as musical partners.
We at Our Country had the chance to ask the JaneDear Girls a few questions about their rapidly burgeoning career, musical preferences...and, oh yeah, that incredible style of theirs! Enjoy getting to know these girls better!
Our Country: You girls obviously like to rock out your country! If you could only have rock 'n' roll, or only have country--which would you pick?
Susie and Danelle: Country!
OC: Pat Benatar is obviously a musical influence on you guys--your cover of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" which you did for Yahoo! Music is awesome. Can you name some other artists/bands that you're into, that might surprise your fans?
Susie: Shania Twain, Alabama, Nat King Cole, Hank Williams, The Oak Ridge Boys, Coldplay, U2, Journey, Rhianna, Frank Sinatra, and Paloma Faith.
Danelle: Death Cab for Cutie, Nirvana, Jewel, Beatles, Erin McCarley, Keith Urban, Alanis Morissette, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, and OneRepublic.
OC: You have a different and distinctive look which gets a lot of discussion. Do you feel that the country scene is too homogenized in terms of fashion/style? Do you feel you might get too much attention for your style at times?
Danelle: Country has all types of looks and styles. Fashion is just one way we like to express ourselves individually--we have to be comfortable and be who we are.
Susie: I go to YouTube all the time to get makeup tips and how to do retro-style hairstyles. I've developed a love for experimenting with new styles, being able to share them on our "Favorite Things" blog, which is on our website.
OC: Well, despite being total girly girls into heels and makeup--you seem to be able to hold your own with the boys. You won over John Rich at a MuzikMafia event, and you'll be touring with Jason Aldean. What are your secrets for hanging tough?
Susie: I have four brothers and I used to get teased all the time, so I had to learn how to hold my own!
Danelle: I had one brother and I played with him and his friends all the time. I was even the only girl on an all-boy soccer team, and had to switch when I was 11. It bummed me out because I ended up on a girls team wearing pink--which at the time I didn't like because I was such a tomboy.
OC: You have an impressive musical repertoire in terms of how many instruments you can play. What's your favorite?
Susie: The one I'm most comfortable with is the fiddle because I've been playing it since I was 4.
Danelle: My red sparkle Orianthi model PRS electric guitar.
OC: How about your preferred instrument to write music?
OC: Who would be your dream songwriting partner? Anyone, any genre.
Susie: Mutt Lange.
Danelle: Paul McCartney.
OC: What are you prone to belt out in the shower when nobody's listening? All guilty pleasures, confess!
Susie: I don't really sing in the shower, but it would probably be Sugarland's "Stuck Like Glue."
Danelle: Bruno Mars, "Just the Way You Are."
OC: Where do you see yourselves, ideally, 10 years from now?
Susie and Danelle: Headlining a world-wide tour and traveling the world!
OC: Will you be rooting for John Rich in Celebrity Apprentice?
Susie and Danelle: Of course! He's going to slay it!
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