Oregon-raised and now Boston-based, Libbie Schrader is a singer/songwriter with a passionate alt-pop/rock style. Libbie was the first winner of the Pantene Pro-Voice competition, beating out over 1,200 other female-fronted acts when she opened for Jewel at SummerStage in New York’s Central Park. Prizes included a nationwide club tour at venues including the House of Blues in New Orleans and the Roxy in Los Angeles, as well as a demo deal with Atlantic Records.
Schrader’s band also took part in Jewel’s “Soul City Cafe” program for independent artists, and as a result she opened three shows on Jewel’s “This Way” tour. Libbie has also opened for artists as diverse as India.Arie, Michelle Branch, Ray LeMontagne, and Rusted Root.
Libbie’s songs are featured regularly in a wide variety of television shows, including “The Gilmore Girls,”MTV’s “The Hills” and “True Life”, and the Style Network’s “Giuliana and Bill.” In 2011, Libbie raised over $26,000 through her fanbase in order to record her album, “Magdalene”, which is available for purchase on CDBaby.com and iTunes. You can watch the “Magdalene” music video here.
Her latest release, “Edge of the World,” adds to the indefinable soundscape in which her soft and supple voice floats so exquisitely that the Boston Herald felt it “like sorceress music, rings of smoke through the trees and the bells of Rhymney,” while comparing Jenee’s working relationship with new producer Sean McLaughlin to that of Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois for the way it “embedded a tremendous voice in an otherworldly, shadowy soundscape.”
Spot on. With her gift for wonderfully evocative lyrical imagery, delivered with such a compelling voice, it’s easy to foresee that Jenee’s unfettered songwriting will continue to rise — like those swirling rings of smoke — into the expansive sky, and far beyond the edge of the world.