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LAKE FOREST, Calif. — On the Monday morning after some of her band’s gigs, Jeni Good’s colleagues are all smiles after seeing her perform that previous weekend. Many of them can’t believe Good, a member service center manager at Eagle Community Credit Union, is the lead singer of a cover band. Aptly titled “Almost Famous,” the band has gained a local following for its amazingly true-to-form covers of some of music’s most popular songs from all genres. “They think it’s funny,” Good said of her co-workers reaction after hearing her perform. “I’m a call center manager so they can’t imagine that I would do something like this. They’re like ‘wow.’” Wow is right. Some who’ve heard her sing say she’s sounds a little like ’80s rocker Pat Benatar, but then she can change it up to mimic Pink or Gwen Stefani. This reporter, who listened to Good sing on the Almost Famous Web site www.almostfamoustv.com, can hear traces of Martha Davis, lead singer of the popular ’80s band, The Motels. Some of the most requested songs by audience members are 1970 disco classics like Good Times and Car Wash, Wilson Pickett’s Mustang Sally and Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl. The band can even do a mean Black-Eyed Peas, the contemporary pop/rap band, Good said. Good, www.jenigood.com, has been using her voice in a number of ways as far back as she can remember. She performed in musicals growing up and later on in life, began voiceover work for cartoons and videos, a job she continues today. Her father, a singer, taught her and two brothers how to play guitar. A third brother plays piano. While living in Washington, she even hosted her own radio show. She “was looking for something different” when a friend told her that a local band was looking for a lead singer. Good said she “clicked right away” with the three musicians in the band and she’s been with Almost Famous for about a year and a half. The band is quite in demand, performing every weekend mostly at nightclubs and casinos and they just recently started playing private parties and corporate events, Good said. While she enjoys the rush of performing, Good said she’s not quitting her day job. “It’s just a hobby. I think I was born to entertain,” said Good, who has been working in the CU industry for 18 years. “It’s weird because half of my brain has this creative side and the other half deals with numbers on the credit union side. Both halves fulfill what I need.” –[email protected]

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