Opening act has Rome ties

Jenna Jentry (©2011 Brooke Kasper Photography)

DEANSBORO — Country artist Jenna Jentry opens for The Band Perry Saturday.

Her father Joe Vitalone was born and raised in Clinton, and her mother, Joanne Brognano Vitalone was born and raised in Rome. Her extended family continues to reside in Rome.

She has been working with multi-platinum producer and songwriter Kevin DeClue (Hillary Duff) as well as Mark Moffatt (Keith Urban, Gloriana).Her first full-length album — Good As Gold — is set for release soon.

Jentry, 23, is a hands-on kind of artist. The workaholic Country singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas, insists on being involved in every aspect of her career, from booking shows to transportation to meetings and everything in between. Jentry remains fiercely independent; an artist that is rightfully proud of the success she and her close-knit team have built almost entirely from the ground up.

"I want to be known as the first woman in the Country music industry to truly do things independently, to have 100 percent creative freedom, to decide what my ticket prices are, how much my merchandise costs," Jentry says. "My priority is to establish a relationship with the fans and the music lovers first. We don’t mind kickin’ up dust a little bit and doing things our way in order to do that. We like the ‘us against the world’ mentality."

For the songwriting process, Jentry is penning most of the song lyrics with DeClue contributing the melody lines. With the exception of one Keith Urban/Radney Foster/Darrell Brown song ("Someday Soon"), DeClue and Jentry count as the only writers on the project.

Between the two of them, DeClue and Jentry co-produced much of the album in Dallas before hooking up with Grammy-nominated Nashville producer Mark Moffatt.

In 2010, a three-song EP Jentry had recorded a year earlier landed her a spot in the NSAI Song Contest finals, presented by CMT. Her original material also impressed the judges at London’s esteemed UK Songwriting Contest enough to earn her a berth in the finals there, too.

Jentry’s debut single, "I Said It First" is a song about the way couples kind of lovingly argue about who said ‘I love you’ first.

An avid supporter of the Wounded Warrior Foundation, The Fisher House and the men and women of the Armed Forces, Jentry also frequently donates her time and performances for The Ronald McDonald House and local VA hospitals.

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