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JILL HENNESSY

Ghost in My Head

2009-05-31

The star of the television shows "Crossing Jordan" and "Law & Order" goes back to her first loves, strumming a guitar and writing songs. Hennessy started out as a 17-year-old singing on the streets of Toronto and got into acting because she was cast in a musical about Buddy Holly -- and things took off from there (interestingly, she now lives with her husband and two kids in the same NYC apartment building as Buddy did in 1958). She shows off plenty of talent in this debut, both musically and lyrically. I would have appreciated more diversity in the set -- only the electric "4 Small Hands" strays from a basic country/folk approach -- but there are some solid songs here. I liked the first four entries, especially "10,000 Miles" and the aforementioned "Hands." Also impressive is "Holding On," which features musician extraordinaire Lloyd Maines and Dixie Chick Martie Maguire. Many actors try their hand at music and fail miserably. Not Hennessy -- a musician before the acting opportunity came along. 05/09 Michael J. F-Contemporary

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