Though spending time with your BFF on the weekend is clutch, homework or practice probably keeps you from doing the same on weekdays. How can you get some much needed girl-time while suffering through your science homework?
With a little background music, of course! Saving Jane will happily save you some major gal pal withdrawals with songs you’ll surely have on repeat.
An alternative rock band from Ohio, Saving Jane surfed the radio airwaves with their first teen angst hit, “Girl Next Door.” Yet, this band of guys is fronted and founded by one girl you won’t soon forget. Lead singer and songwriter, Marti Dobson will not only be your new girl crush when you see her belt it out on stage barefoot, her songs (like ”One Girl Revolution” and ”Supergirl”) will help you realize your own crush-worthiness.
Though it may be hard to picture this blonde beauty as the girl next door, don’t be too quick to judge — Dobson is nothing like the Barbie-babe stereotype. In fact, she’s the anti-mean girl. And she has a Master’s degree in social work. She’s also totally real about her looks and her desire to encourage girls to be proud of who they are.
Perhaps that’s why professional athletes like Danica Patrick and Nastia Liukin adopted the song “Supergirl” as their own. “I’ve seen Danica race and Nastia compete, and they’re just so talented. It’s so incredible to have them want to use that song. It’s really an honor for me,” said Dobson in an interview.
Encouraging girl power isn’t just about writing music that speaks to teens, tweens and the occasional sports star, it’s about embracing who you are. For Dobson, it’s about being realistic about her looks. After a photo shoot she was surprised to find the photos airbrushed. She said it looked like they had “shaved about 30 pounds” off her. Dobson was unhappy, but admits it’s part of the business.
“I don’t want it to be so ridiculous to the point that girls look at the picture and say, ‘I wish I looked like that.’ Because I’m looking at the pictures thinking it would be nice if I looked like that and they are pictures of me.”
With beauty, brains and a desire to make things better for women, it’s no wonder Dobson is appealing to so many types of fans and would-be friends.
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Channel One News: You went to Ohio State University to study Sociology. How long has music been a part of your life and how did you manage to do normal things like studying and homework while working on music and specifically vocal and songwriting skills?
Marti: I actually have been doing music, probably since I was 12 or 13. I was always singing and then when I was in college, is really when I started writing. So, I don't know how good I was about balancing because I used to sit in class and when I was supposed to be taking notes, I'd be writing lyrics and looking out the window.
I mean, it was a challenge because I was in bands the whole time I was in school and I wrote music and everything, but I wanted to have that plan B just in case. It is a lofty dream to say, "OK, I want to be a rock star."
I did finish my degree and I graduated. I actually got my Master's in social work.
Ch1: Saving Jane began with you and guitarist Pat Buzzard. How did you start jamming together and decide to form the band?
Marti: We me at a campfire party, a friend of ours, a mutual friend was a musician in town, but we didn't know each other. He threw a party and I showed up with a couple of girl friends. Pat was sitting around the fire playing guitar and I was like, "Hey, I can sing." And he was like, "OK, whatever." Then I started singing and he was impressed and we started jamming from that point on.
Ch1: How did you guys decide that you wanted to form a band?
Marti: I think it just came with the writing process. We were writing songs, we were playing together and we thought, "You know, we have something good here. We shouldn't be hiding out." So we started playing gigs and formed Saving Jane.
Ch1: What's it like being the only girl in your band?
Marti: Actually, I had a head start because I grew up with four brothers. So it's pretty much like that, but I have to spend longer car trips with them.
Ch1: Do you ever have issues with the guys with those long car trips?
Marti: No, we have a really good time. All of our personalities compliment each other really well and we just laugh all the time and we hardly ever fight. If we ever do fight, it's about the smell.
Ch1: On your MySpace page it says some of your influences are "Boys who have made [you] cry in the past or will possibly make [you] cry in the future." Do you write most of the songs? What's your writing process like?
Marti: I do write all the lyrics and a lot of times I'll write music with other people. Sometimes I'll get an idea in my head and I'll be driving - I do a lot of writing while I'm driving, which probably makes other drivers nervous, but I like to spend that time in the car, turn off the radio and kind of sing melodies to myself and get ideas. I just write about whatever is going on around me and whatever is going on in my life.
Ch1: Many of your fans claim that your lyrics are so right on - they feel like you are talking about them. How does it feel when athletes like Danica Patrick and Nastia Liukin consider your song, "Supergirl," to be their personal anthem?
Marti: I think it's great because they are both such amazing women and such amazing athletes. I've seen Danica race and Nastia compete, and they're just so talented. It's so incredible to have them want to use that song. It's really an honor for me.
Ch1: How does it feel when teens say the same thing about how your lyrics speak to them?
Marti: I love that because I loved music growing up and my whole life music has gotten me through good times and bad times. So, the idea that I can help somebody else with that is really awesome.
Ch1: Even though many performers love to wear tons of makeup, fancy clothes and take advantage of things like photo retouching - I've read that projecting a more realistic image of yourself is important to you. Can you tell me more about how photos of you were altered and why you didn't like it?
Marti: Sure. I had seen some photos from the photo shoot we had done and I felt like everything was pretty good that day and I looked OK. But then I got these photos and they must have shaved 30 pounds off me. I was like, "What is going on here?"
All photos are airbrushed. And all celebrities - whether they say they are or not - are [airbrushed], but I don't want it to be so ridiculous to the point that girls look at the picture and say, "I wish I looked like that." Because I'm looking at the pictures thinking it would be nice if I looked like that and they are pictures of me.
I just want them to have a realistic image. Their body image gets so distorted by what's presented to them and I don't want to be a part of that.