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Former Boro resident makes soothing music

Jeff Greene CDs now available

    When Jeff Greene gave his friend's son a CD of his own original music, he didn't expect it to mushroom into a series of therapeutic music CDs.
    The one-time Statesboro resident visited the child at the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital "and left a 'baby CD' there," he said. "One of the nurses saw it and took it to her supervisor. Their musical therapist loved it and used it as musical therapy."
    Greene, married to Statesboro native Racee Martin Greene, called it the "baby CD" because he compiled the songs for his son Jackson two years ago.
    "I've played the piano all my life, and when our son was born, he would wake up at night and I would get up with him," he said. "I would go to the piano and play the music that was running through me."
    One night he realized "hey, this is children's music," he said. "So I went to Nashville and recorded it."
    The success of the CD led to his compiling and recording a soothing music CD for adults, and now the University of Kentucky Cancer Care Center is using it, he said. "It kind of mushroomed."
    The therapeutic qualities of Greene's music led to a third CD for "people who have lost loved ones," he said. He is friends with local funeral home affiliate Jake Futch, who uses the CD at work, he said.
    Next came "Journey of the Soul," a contemporary Christian worship CD.  A song on the CD, "Great and Awesome God" has received radio play "in 12 states, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea," he said.
    He also has a Christmas CD available, with several solo piano selections.
    Greene came to Statesboro in 1999 to speak at a gathering at the home of G. A. Malone, whom he met in Hilton Head, he said. That's where he met Racee and her family.
    "We started dating, and a month later, I moved to Statesboro," he said. "Six weeks after we met we got engaged." The couple married in 2000 and lived in Statesboro until moving to Kentucky in 2002, he said.
    Greene has always loved music, and "took piano lessons from age 9." He grew up in a Methodist church and his love for music and spiritual sense "clicked." Now he pastors a home church and  travels to speak and perform music, visiting Statesboro about six times a year.
    His CDs have been used by Lexus, Cadillac and Land Rover in special packages to be included as gifts upon purchase of a vehicle, and "I am working on a deal with the NBA" for CDs with sports logos to give to children in hospitals, he said.
    Greene's CDs are available at The Wild Petunia and Colonial House of Flowers, as well as online at www.jacksonrecords.net.

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