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Jerry Jean’s 2017 full-length solo album, Do We Reach Home, explores the strains of modern living, human connection, and renewal. Cinematic and grand, Jerry weaves together haunting melodies and searching lyrics over live strings and a warm, piano-driven backdrop for a classic, chamber pop sound. The songs revolve around the search for home in a chaotic modern world. Do We Reach Home is an everyman’s journey through longing, disillusionment, and hope. In 2017, it has been honored by the International Songwriting Competition, The Global Peace Song Awards, The Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and the Global Music Awards.
Top conservatory-trained NYC musicians from both the classical and rock worlds round out Jerry’s vocals and piano. Extensive layering techniques involving microphone and instrument swapping were utilized with 8 string players to achieve a lush orchestral blend. John O’Reilly, Jr. (fun., The Format) anchors the rhythm section. Jerry produced and arranged the album, Bryan Cook (One Republic, Train) mixed, and 11-time Grammy winner Bob Ludwig mastered. Vinyl was cut by Scott Hull at Masterdisk, and the album is available as a 180 gram double LP at 45rpm for optimum analog sound. The single-take music video for the title track, “Do We Reach Home,” features Jerry and an enigmatic modern dancer against a post-industrial backdrop. It has been viewed over 1 million times on Facebook.
Lead vocals: Jerry Jean
Piano: Jerry Jean
Drums: John O’Reilly Jr.
Percussion: John O’Reilly Jr.
Acoustic guitar: Adam Stoler
Electric guitar: Adam Stoler
Programming: Jerry Jean
Rhodes: Jerry Jean
Acoustic bass: Matt Scharfglass
Electric bass: Kevin Jacoby, Matt Scharfglass
Violin: Brendan Speltz, Juliette Jones, Claudia Chopek
Viola: Celia Hatton, Rose Hashimoto
Cello: Ben Larson, Aliah Rosenthal, Eru Matsumoto
Trumpet: Rebecca Steinberg
French horn: Erin A. Paul
BG vocals: Crystal Monee Hall, Elle Winston, Jerry Jean
Recording engineer: Jerry Jean
Assistant recording engineer: M.P. Kuo
Drums & percussion engineer: John O’Reilly Jr.
Mixing engineer: Bryan Cook
2nd mix engineer: Will Kennedy
Assistant mix engineer: James Berish
Mastering engineer: Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering
Photography: Shervin Lainez
Art design: Charlene Kaye
Recorded at Jerry Jean Music, Harlem, NYC,
Boom Crash Studio, Bucks County, PA,
StolerMusic Sound, Queens, NYC
All songs © & ℗ Jerry Jean / Jerry Jean Music (ASCAP)
Album produced & arranged by Jerry Jean