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Inspiring Conversations with Jeanine Davis-Perron of Gunpowder Soup

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeanine Davis-Perron.

Hi Jeanine, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story. 

After many years of playing acoustic guitar in church, studying classical piano,  practicing saxophone, and performing in many bands, I knew music was an  essential part of my life. I graduated with a B.A. degree in Hospital  Administration and another degree in Respiratory Therapy. 

During college, I worked at Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital for 6 years and when  my children went to Pre – K, I left the hospital and became employed at their school as a music teacher. I started day trading as a way to make money on the side. A couple of years later, I help finance a business with Marius Perron and  we manufactured a product called the Russian Dragon. I solder motherboards,  bought parts from around the world, marketed, and operated the financial side.  When we sold the company, I started a business teaching keyboards at an elementary school where my children attended. The principal invited me to put  a band together for a talent show. The year was 1999 and Gunpowder Soup was  born. I could see market potential for a great cover band in the wedding and  corporate industry. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way? 

Has it been a smooth road? Not at all! Since 1999, it has been a struggle to  position and maintain Gun Powder Soup’s hierarchy in the music entertainment  business. The music industry is mostly made up of men so women have to work  harder as musicians and managers. If you are strict with your business decisions, some people will call you something else besides a good manager.  

Female musicians have a really hard managing child care and guilt. Thank gosh  I had outside help with child care (Sandy and Dr. Barnes) when I had to be at a  wedding for 9 hours. My children resented me for working weekends when  everyone else was socializing. My life was Gun Powder Soup.  

Covid was a disaster for all bands but I was able to move Gun Powder Soup’s contracts to 2021, without losing any client, and we were able to play private  ranch contracts in the winter of 2020.  

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?

I manage Gun Powder Soup as a business and accomplish this by paying attention to small details, keep my margins low, build trust with clients, handle  all marketing, and know everything about my business model. With talented musicians and vocalist, professional attitude, and my involvement in the  company, I believe this is the reason Gun Powder Soup is successful today. At  this time, I am building a bigger team and expanding into another market. My  life is Gun Powder Soup. 

The Band performs for corporate events, weddings, fundraisers, and galas. Our  music repertoire includes Country, Oldies, Classic Rock, Motown, some Latin,  and Top 40 Dance Hits. We have numerous reviews and all 5-stars as a rating!  

For wedding ceremonies, GPS offers ceremonial vocalists and musicians,  officiant set up, and DJ service. 

For corporate events and fundraisers, our song list and itinerary are different.  

Awards: 

The Band won The Knot Best Of  

Weddings, https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings 

Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice  

Awards, https://www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards/san antonio-corpus-christi/641-r.html#116.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory is playing music and getting chills when the song sounds just right!

I also love sports and the outdoors.

I LOVE college and would go back anytime!

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Image Credits
@rachelelainephoto, Mark West, and Jeanine Davis-Perron

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