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Meet Jeanie Bratschie of Jeanie B Music in Evanston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeanie Bratschie.

Jeanie B Music is a 16 year old company specializing in music for young children ages 2-10. Jeanie B is a lifelong performer and singer/songwriter who turned her energies towards the children’s music market in 2002 after a fan suggested her style would be well suited for children. Being a mother of two young children at the time, that appealed to her so she stepped into that arena and loved it! Never looked back!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been bumpy but the bumps are what get your attention and teach you how to improve. It’s always a struggle to run a business that is a creative service. Finding clients and maintaining a relationship with them is key along with delivering a quality product! When you are a traveling musician, there are seasons for everything. You have to learn when the ebb and flow of your work is and time key marketing decisions. There’s also the planning of events, logistics, contracts, accounting and producing product and content. Performing is an exhausting art form so keeping it fresh is very important! Creating a CD is a whole business in itself and needs to be done on a regular basis to stay current. They are time consuming and very expensive to create and distribute. Though the world has gone digital, it still seems relevant and essential to have a physical CD printed when releasing music.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Jeanie B Music – what should we know?
Jeanie B is a well-known Children’s musician who has performed all over the country in hundreds of venues to thousands of children and their families. Most known for her upbeat, silly yet poignant songwriting, Jeanie B captures the world of children in song. 7 full length CD’s of original music later she has a catalog that supports not only her busy concert schedule but also her extensive teaching experience. She has been an adjunct music teacher in multiple pre and primary schools in the Chicago and Chicago North shore area. A teaching artist for Ravinia’s Reach, Teach, and Play program, she has taught music in the most under-served neighborhoods for CPS and the most affluent neighborhoods to the North. Kids are kids and Jeanie knows how to reach them through her joyful style, teaching them about music and the world around them through song. Writing songs with children is one of her strengths that she applies during school residencies. You will also find her teaching teachers how to use music as a teaching tool in the classroom!

If you wonder where you might see her perform, she plays in libraries, schools, park district events, special events like Lollapalooza, Chicago Juice Box Series, zoos, and private parties galore! The Jelly Beans are a collection of veteran musicians that make up her band; Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans. Though Jeanie plays solo mostly, the Jelly Beans are a sweet addition to any show!!

Jeanie is a single Mom raising two Jelly Beans of her own. Her two boys have both blossomed into professional musicians in their own right having started on the stage at a very young age. She is very proud to have supported herself and her kids doing what she loves and giving back to the community in the process, most musicians have a day job to support their music hobby, Jeanie is too busy with her music to even have a hobby! She is also proving that being wholesome, honest, and appropriate goes a long way even in today’s world.

What also sets Jeanie B apart is her deep roots in Rock, Folk, Blues and ballads. Her songwriting for kids is not stripped down. She believes that there is a place for simple music for kids but a fully produced and orchestrated track is warranted to teach children quality in music. Jeanie’s love for children shines through in every song.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Patience and perseverance. Having a deep sense of humor and humility goes a long way too!

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Raul Amezquita

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