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Jeffrey Gellenthin Music / Blog

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Looking For A Cure' writer looking for Web win Jim Six Thursday, January 31, 2008 Jeffrey Gellenthin's song, "Looking For A Cure," went from number one to number three overnight Tuesday. Still, it DID ace the competition in the Americana genre. No, I'm not talking about the Grammys. I'm talking about the OurStage.com song contest (go to www.ourstage.com and follow the links and the pull-down menus to judge songs on the Americana/Alt Country channel. No, don't ask ME what "Alt Country" is, because I have no idea.) Jeff, 46, of Sewell (that would be Sewell Proper, the REAL Sewell, not Washington Township) entered the contest on Jan. 20 and his song sort of zoomed up to the top. By the time this appears in print, the semi-finals should be over and Jeff may or may not be in the finals. If he makes it, he'll be competing with the winners of other musical genres, including, but not limited to, acoustic, blues, electronic, emo, experimental, hard rock, hip hop, jazz, metal, reggae and world. Whew! Jeff, who learned guitar in his teens when he was a Clearview student, did like many folks do and put making music aside to raise a family. A couple of years back, though, his old musical cohort, Christopher Sharp, came back to South Jersey after a stint playing guitar with a country singer on tour. Christopher contacted Jeff because he needed a survey done of his property in Elmer surveying is what Jeff does. Used to have his own company, now does it for KCI Technology. The high school pals resumed their musical friendship and, the next thing Jeff knew, he was playing 1970s acoustic songs, like the music of James Taylor and Jim Croce, in Sharp's "garden party band." Since then, Jeff started writing songs "I can't even tell you how," he confesses translating emotions and ideas into chords, notes and lyrics. "That's the way I vent," he said. Jeff wrote "Looking For A Cure" last February. As far as he's concerned, he and the song have already come out winners. "Within three days, it made it to the top 20. It's fun, it's entertaining and there's some exposure and recognition," he said. Judging is done by visitors to the OurStage.com Web site. Lots of people have had to listen to at least portions of the song for it to get as far as it has. "People are looking at this who may make a difference in your life," Jeff said. Jeff has a MySpace.com page (www.myspace.com/jeffreygellenthin) that features some of his songs, mostly recorded in Sharp's home studio in Elmer. There's also a gallery of photos, many of which show Jeff in his "country music star" guise. He looks like the real thing. Despite the almost-meteoric path of his song online, Jeff said he hasn't actually played "out" all that much, except for those private parties with the 1970s music band. Still, the success of his first real public exposure has taken hold. "I don't plan on stopping," he said. © 2008  Gloucester County Times © 2008 NJ.com All Rights Reserved.