Jeanne Marie Boes has known that she wanted to be a professional musician since she was a teenager. Knowing what she wanted to do at an early age led her to the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, where she received invaluable lessons and friendships.
“Over the course of those four years, I learned everything I needed to know to pursue a career and made friends and connections to last a lifetime,” she said.
Boes started singing when she was 9 years old and started playing the piano at the age of 12. Since then, she has messed around with violin, guitar and electric bass. No matter which instruments she uses to carry her soulful vocals, the melody is vital to her.
“My first love was and forever will be a beautiful melody,” Boes said.
Those melodies are sometimes written with the help of Boes’ father, James. While the process has its ups and downs, Boes said that their love of writing helps them overcome any obstacles they run into.
“We’ve written a song together in 15 minutes, or over the course of weeks,” she said. “It’s definitely an enjoyable experience – and if there’s a disagreement, we work around it, or come up with something even better.”
When it comes to her lyrics, Boes looks at issues of the hearts, whether it is newfound love, the end of a romance or something in-between. Life experiences are the subjects that she feels most drawn to.
Since 2009, Boes has released three albums and an EP, along with her latest single, “The One.” She said her debut, “A Seasoned Heart,” was recorded at her apartment in Astoria, creating difficulties with surrounding noise bleeding into her song takes. Since that first album, Boes said she has become more collaborative, particularly on “The One.”
“I walked into the studio and came out a few hours later with a bluesy-rock track, which I recorded and performed with my very good friends, Brendan and Lee Press, of the band, Ekra, at their studio in LIC,” she said.
Besides music, Boes expresses her creativity through photography and painting. Both her mother and brother are painters, so the skill runs in the family. Photography started with her taking shots of bands onstage and it grew from there.
“Photography was a hobby of mine for many years. Just this past year or so, I posted some of those photos on Facebook and friends and fans alike took an interest,” she said. “It was just a natural progression to do it professionally, and I haven’t turned back.”
For the rest of 2014, Boes will be working on a new album and trying to fulfill a lifelong dream of appearing on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”
You can catch her performing live at Flushing Town Hall on June 5 and at The Shillelagh Tavern with Kayla O’Keefe on Aug. 2.
To keep up with the latest from Boes, visit www.jeanneboes.com.