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With an acoustically driven, melodically warm hue, Jane of Arc, comprised of Chelsea Carter and Elida Quesada is most commonly described as an all-female, Michigan based, indie-acoustic-pop, band. Their unique, yet strikingly familiar sound has been evolving since the mid 00’s and is revealed promisingly in the debut of their first LP. Influenced by traditional iconic artists and small-town starving artists alike, JOA can be compared to many, yet sound identical to no one.
The connection between Carter and Quesada began in 2007 through Myspace music which lead to a beautiful collaboration in a basement apartment in the heart of Detroit. A percussionist and bassist were brought on shortly after to complete the quartet that would later be named Jane of Arc. With the strong female figure Joan of Arc in mind, the four decided Jane would help establish some individuality while still keeping in close ties with the famous martyr.
The band re-located to the Ferndale/Royal Oak, MI area in late 08’ where they would make a more permanent home for themselves and shortly after, record a low-fi, 7-song EP of original material. By mid-’09, the original drummer departed and the band was forced to switch gears. After a short period of time with a second drummer, they adjusted to a 3-piece set involving a pseudo-musical-chairs live set-up with the band members rotating instruments. Carter sang, played piano and axillary percussion; Quesada sat on a stripped down drum kit, would jump in on keys and primarily played rhythm guitar; Kelly Rons oscillated between lead and rhythm guitar. In 2012, the band took another hiatus while Rons pursued a job opportunity in Chicago.
A year later, the three re-connected for a 13 month venture which included running a successful Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to produce a proper album. They recorded their first LP while taking huge strides in finding their true voice before three inevitably became two.
With full hearts, determination and a fresh perspective on teamwork, trust and music, Jane of Arc’s presents their labor of love: Freedom in Falling. The album represents 6+ years of music collaboration that started as one acoustic guitar and one voice and evolved into blanketed layers of instrumentation and vocals. A 35 song catalog was whittled down to 13 fully-realized tracks and taken to Solid Sound Recording Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jane of Arc has finally made their dream a reality and aims to hit the nail on the head with this album. Freedom in Falling takes indie-acoustic-pop enthusiasts on a journey through the uncertainty, fear and liberation of experiencing love and enduring loss.