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Jeanne should be a big hit at southeast Alta. fundraising concert in Jenner

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Those going to the Helicopter Air Lift Operation (HALO) fundraiser June 13 in Jenner will have the opportunity to see someone on the meteoric rise.


Livy Jeanne, a firecracker country Edmonton-based performer whose next birthday will be her 19th, will be on hand to entertain the crowd.
Strap up the cowboy boots ladies and gentlemen, she's ready to go.
“I like to have a good time,” explains the vivacious Jeanne whose infectious energy comes through over the telephone. “If you’re having a good time, then I’m having a good time. Have an open mind and be prepared to dance.”
With released songs such as Any Other Way; Dirt Cheap and Something New Jeanne has already experienced a vast series of personal highs and lows.
Sadly, she was the target of some bullying prior to her teenage years in the Edmonton area. She spent a lot of time by herself and it was only through some self-discovery she realized she had musical talent.
“My parents got me a karaoke machine,” explains Jeanne. “I had it in my room all the time and I was singing all the time. I was also writing a journal about my thoughts and it eventually turned into song writing and I turned my (difficult) experiences into songs.”
Jeanne says her mom put her in singing lessons when she was 13 or 14 and then it took off as she entered singing contests. As a 15-year-old student of Androssan High School, she won the Global Country Star Search (for ages 13-17 years) in 2010.
It’s not often one gets to share a stage with George Canyon or the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, win multiple awards, get signed to a roster of performers (Invictus Entertainment: Emerson Drive, Hey Romeo, and One More Girl) or have a music label (Black Box Music).
She has also spent time in Nashville writing songs with some of the industry’s best and spending time in studio with well-known others.
At the end of April, she won Edmonton Music Awards’ Rising Star Award and in January, released a big-budget video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uBFS2s _iY&feature=youtu.be) which evokes memories somewhere between Miranda Lambert’s Kerosene and The Dixie Chicks’s Goodbye Earl.
Admittedly, with much glee, she says Goodbye Earl was definitely an inspiration behind the video. The song itself was a personal experience ... just not hers. It was a friend who was cheated on by her partner.
“I wrote it with her and her nice new boyfriend,” says Jeanne who couldn’t contain her enjoyment of the song, its video and even the process of writing it. “It’s all about her ex-boyfriend.”
While shooting the video adjacent to a  gravelpit near Hamilton, temperatures neared 100 degrees.
“It was fun, such a great experience. It was awesome. I really worked hard with all of the other people we had on set. We went from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. the next day. It brought me back to that place in school when I was getting bullied. The healing was the writing of the song, but I could feel the emotion in the video. For example, when I’m swinging the shovel (at the cheating boyfriend’s head) it was three in the morning and was swinging the shovel for 30 minutes. I was laughing so hard, and they’re like ‘get a couple of good ones in, get angry.’ I’m not really an actor, it was my first time doing a video like that ... the production crew was just revving me up.”
Jeanne has a lot of motivation it would seem as the days of bullying would be enough to make many gun-shy of any attention. Jeanne is sickened hearing the stories of young teenagers bullied so relentlessly they take their own lives.
In 2012, she led the “You Don’t Have to be Invisible Tour” (http://www.livyjeanne.com/Invisible.html) where she did a speech of hope to those bullied. Interspersed through the presentation, she performed songs from her debut CD Under the Radar.
“I was so lucky, I never had those feelings of suicide as I had my passion for music and just concentrated on that,” explains Jeanne. She has toured throughout Alberta spreading a message of hope and encouragement to upwards of 75,000 students working with Kids Help Phone.
While this has all been a lot of fun and could easily allow Jeanne to forget her painful past: she has embraced it. She insists she’s like everyone else: still waitressing and not missing Grey’s Anatomy — just run of the mill activities.
“I'm doing what I love. This isn’t work,” explains Jeanne. “Just to even talk about it is fun. It’s been an incredible ride. To be able to write songs and perform has given me some closure (over the memories of bullying)  and to be able to do something worthwhile. Everything you feel as you are going through it is at a snail’s pace, but when you look back on it, it's been a pretty fast climb.”
Jeanne is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LivyJeanne and Twitter: @LivyJeanne.

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