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The Secret's Out

by Jen Elliott

A winning blend featuring the heart of rock, the soul of blues and the hooky delights of pop with gutsy female vocals.
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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1. Move
Jen Elliott and Bluestruck
3:22 $0.99
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2. Empty Eyes
Jen Elliott and Bluestruck
3:58 $0.99
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3. I Can't Concentrate
Jen Elliott and Bluestruck
2:59 $0.99
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4. Love Crazy
Jen Elliott and Bluestruck
4:43 $0.99
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5. High Wire
Jen Elliott and Bluestruck
3:46 $0.99
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6. Why Can't This Be A Love Song
Jen Elliott and Bluestruck
4:16 $0.99
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7. Curse on You
Jen Elliott and Bluestruck
3:23 $0.99
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8. The Secret's Out
Jen Elliott and Bluestruck
4:30 $0.99
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9. Paint It
Jen Elliott and Bluestruck
3:44 $0.99
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10. Dead in My Tracks
Jen Elliott and Bluestruck
3:34 $0.99
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11. Love and the Rebel
Jen Elliott and Bluestruck
3:33 $0.99
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12. Pop Blues
Jen Elliott and Bluestruck
4:27 $0.99
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13. Bonus Track: Children of the Rain
Jen Elliott and Bluestruck
4:42 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jen Elliott has been called "a 21st century siren" and her energy shines from inside each and every song...vivid, honest and seductive.

This is a girl who was raised on traditional gospel. She still writes and sings straight from her soul...but now, it's the rock n' roll that is her first love. Jen Elliott was raised in Jacksonville, Florida and moved to Manhattan just over three years ago "for the experience". Let's just say it's been a hell of an experience.

Two years ago, a senior executive at City Canyons Records heard a live, a cappella, and completely raw CD of Jen's original music and agreed to take her on. Jumping at the longshot opportunity, Jen began work on a demo project with the up and coming indie record label. Amazingly enough, this ultimately turned into her debut CD THE SECRET'S OUT. Of course, it took a ridiculous amount of work, and many hours spent with one of the most talented voice teachers around-the late Ruth Markus Goodman.

Her album was released late last year and has received Top 30 college radio airplay and favorable press nationwide. Jen has been featured in issues of Entertainment Today, The Sun Herald, Inside Connection and Keyboard Magazine. To date, the band has opened for the likes of the Little River Band and Nils Lofgren at the Downtown in Farmingdale, NY, performed at the Global Entertainment and Media Summits 2003 and 2004, Earth Day NY, GoGirls Elite Showcase NYC 2004, A Day in the Park (opening for the band Nine Days), MEANY Fest 2003 as well as at top venues in New York and New Jersey. Jen also recorded a benefit track for the Daintree Rainforest Project, an international organization to save one of the earth's great rainforests. This haunting track, titled "Children of the Rain" is offered as a free bonus CD with THE SECRET'S OUT. The band is currently busy working on a college tour and they are already looking forward to their next album.

Jen also performs in a separate acoustic project with Anne Husick, a veteran New York musical force and guitarist for Bluestruck. Their collaboration as songwriters and performers has provided much of the material for the full band set and the duo continues to perform everywhere they can, since they are continually writing more material than they can actually perform in one show!

Jen is always pushing her artistic limits-she is currently improving her savvy in the ways of the guitar, violin, and the tambourine (it's such an underestimated instrument). She plans to be on the road with the band as much as possible over the next year.

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Patrick McCool

I am now a Jenn Elliott fan!
The Secret's Out is a refreshingly new project that dwarfs what is popular from today's stale selection of hip-hop and pop-rock cookie-cutter artists. Jenn Elliott is Janis Joplin meets Bessie Smith. I absolutely love what I hear and definately have become a Jenn Elliott fan overnight. I can't waite to hear what kind of fresh artistry her sassy stylings will produce next!
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Jenny Ivo, Rambles Cultural Arts Magazine

Powerful Package!
Jen Elliott's aptly titled debut album THE SECRET'S OUT presents a powerful package. A lady who can really sing, Elliott has the classy combination of belt and finesse to prove it. She's a girl who can write streetwise, intelligent, often challenging lyrics.

The album supplies a sound all her own, blending and blurring rock, pop and blues, flavoured with a dash of funk, a hint of jazz, and wrapped in an eminently listen-to-it-again-and-again selection of 12 songs, each one a stand-alone gem, contributing to a rich, high-quality album.

It bodes well for future releases. Jen Elliott will surely go far, her voice alone will take her places, but in this visual world, she also has looks to charm. This is a great "anytime" CD that I reluctantly removed from the player, and I will be listening hard for the next album.
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Eric Steiner, Cosmik Debris

Literate and passionate songwriting!
Jen Elliott's debut on New York's City Canyons label introduced me to a new singer with a voice that ranges from soft Julia Fordham-like jazz to the sound of rock shouters like Grace Slick. THE SECRET'S OUT features a dozen cuts, and I particularly like the way she approaches love from a woman's perspective on "I Can't Concentrate" or the advice she has for "men of iron and men of steel" on "Pop Blues." THE SECRET'S OUT includes a bonus CD with "Children of the Rain" to raise awareness of how man has encroached on natural wonders like rain forests. www.jenelliott.com has sound samples of "Why Can't This Be a Love Song," "Move," and "Love Crazy" - three good introductions to a young City Canyons artist well worth a listen. THE SECRET'S OUT has some literate and passionate songwriting from a woman's perspective as well as some very listenable guitar rock and blues.
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Indie-Music.com, Shellie Byrum

Sultry, smooth, inviting
From the onstart, that strawberry blonde hair can only mean one thing: Fire.
Jen Elliot, tresses and all, delivers music that mirrors her sizzling appearance on her debut album “The Secret's Out”....The sound is sultry, the beat smooth, and the lyrics inviting. Elliott's voice surrounds the music with a midsummer day's warmth, a sort of subtle heat that lulls the listener into an ardent spot. Her voice is strikingly similar to the 90's singer/songwriter Poe, with traces of Bonnie Raitt's twang and Ella Fitzgerald's jazz....It’s Elliott's understated sexiness behind her voice that truly brings the album to a higher level. She doesn't say, ‘you can't have me', but instead charms with a little punch behind the shy smile. In the first track off the album, an upbeat song with attitude, she sings “anywhere's better than here, take your chances baby.” Elliott doesn't exactly order you to jump off a building; she just lures you to the edge. “The Secret’s Out” has just the right mix of rock, blues and pop mingled with Jen Elliott's tempting voice.
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Kimberly Schedel, Inside Connection

A perfect blend of musical styles!
The first thing that struck me about THE SECRET'S OUT was the vocals. Jen Elliott's voice possess that perfect combination of raw blues and funk-driven overtones — the perfect accompaniment to a hard hitting, funky, bluesy and everything in between record. All 12 songs on this CD stay consistent and are extremely well written, lyrically and musically. THE SECRET'S OUT is a strong debut from a very talented artist.
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Kage Alan, ModaMag


The music industry seems to be spending a great deal of time these days whining about how downloading music is killing their profits, yet can't come up with a single concrete study that supports their claim. Perhaps they need to consider some of the drivel they're pushing the customer's way. You see, a release should first and foremost be about talent and quality... and have I got a debut for you! A native of Jacksonville, Florida, 25-year-old Jen Elliott has paid her dues and is about to release her first CD titled "The Secret's Out," which also serves as an appropriate announcement for the artist herself. Jen [has] fashioned an album that combines Rock, Blues and Pop all into one. The difference here is that the music doesn't overtake Jen's voice, but rather compliments it by simply letting her do what she does best; sings. What impresses me most about Jen besides the fact she's also a songwriter is that she varies her material, delivers vocally on every track and didn't include a single filler song on the entire album. I tend to be one of those annoying types who skips around to my favorites, only not with "The Secret's Out". One of the perks of this job is being able to hear some of the fresh new talent before the industry tries to swallow them up and turn them into the next Britney Spears or "American Idol" contestant. That's not to say that the singers on that show don't have talent, but they certainly aren't doing it their way. Jen Elliot is and it shows.
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Spotlight newsletter, Paul Autry

A brilliant secret is out...
I'm gonna let you in on a little secret. You don't it know yet. But, you're going to become a fan of Jen Elliott. It's gonna happen sooner or later. One day, when you least expect it, you're gonna hear her music, which is a
high energy combination of bluesy rock with an occassional pop hook. One your ears have heard this sound, you'll have the desire to hear more of
what she has to offer and, before you know it, her debut album, "The Secret's Out," will be included your CD collection. Wanna know something else? You're gonna love every minute of it and this little secret that I've
just told you, well, you're not gonna be able to keep it to yourself. You have my word on that. "The Secret's Out," it not just an album title...it's a soon to be proven fact.
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Jason Thompson, Echo from Esoterica

The Secret's Out might be the sleeper hit of 2003, or it might be the blockbuste
The first track called "Move" comes on. It's big. The production is sleek. The music is professional. Jen Elliott comes on and sings the holy living f***k out of the tune. I am completely flattened... What the hell just happened? Elliott has seduced me but good with one song. Maybe it was indeed her voice, one that could bring down a mountain with little effort at all. Maybe it was her way with the whole notion of a love song and how she perfectly made that whole tragedy seem brand new again. Who knows? I just know that I like this a lot.
Elliott is a performer, and she handles this material excellently, never over singing a song or squashing it under her vocal dynamics. The woman knows when to cool it down as much as heat it up. And for what it's worth, the twelve tunes on this album are all worth hearing. There is literally something different about each song that needs to be heard... The Secret's Out might be the sleeper hit of 2003, or it might be the blockbuster it deserves to be...For something completely surprising, fresh, and just downright fantastic, check out The Secret's Out for yourself...
Don't let this Secret remain one for long.
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Score! Music Magazine

Jen did the right thing in ditching her day job
According to the press releases, Jen is a forefront to a new music genre, RBP (rock blues pop). Exactly. I said, "What?!" also. I was disappointed with her first song , "Move". Her voice wasn't as strong as it could be, but I ate my words with the subsequent songs. Though her musical range is better suited to lower ranges, Jen did the right thing in ditching her day job. This CD is a keeper.
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Ken Smith

Jen Elliott, The Voice, The Soul, The Sound. RBP
A little touch of Joplin added to a Silky Smooth, Soulful voice. Add a great band and it is no Secret that this is the best RBP out there.
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