Jeannie Novak was born in San Diego, California. At the early age of 5, she began playing piano and taught herself how to read music. At age 8, she began taking piano lessons. In addition to composing, she loved sight-reading her teacher's popular sheet music and performing jazz variations on classical pieces at all her recitals. By age 12, she was a professional piano accompanist, studio musician, musical director, choreographer, and performer.
Jeannie continued to study music at UCSD and UCLA while supporting herself by working as a professional backup singer, piano instructor, and ramp model. Wanting to learn more about the entertainment business behind-the-scenes, she also worked at a major record label, film studio, and television production company--in addition to participating in the UCLA Certificate Program in Film Scoring.
During her studies at UCLA, Jeannie became intrigued with human-computer communication and acquainted herself with the Internet. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a BA in Mass Communications in 1992, earning highest honors in her department for her thesis, Gender Role Representation in Toy Commercials, and recognition for her work in game design. After graduation, Jeannie worked at an artist management company and began to assemble a solo piano concept album, Reign of Fire. Inspired by a 1993 stargazing visit to the mountains at the Star Hill Inn--near Sapello, New Mexico--the album's nocturne-like "Cinematic Classical" works integrate the lives of individual stars with the stages of human experience.
In late 1993, Jeannie realized that the newly developed World Wide Web was destined to become a global promotion and delivery system--empowering artists and allowing them to promote themselves, distribute their work, and make industry contacts. Early in 1994, she designed and programmed Kspace. Recently renamed Indiespace (http://indiespace.com), it was the first site to sell independently-produced music over the Internet and now the home of more than 700 artists and musicians.
Reign of Fire marks the first CD release from Indiespace Recordings. A piece from the album ("Mizar") is included in the Indiespace Recordings Compilation (V1). Jeannie is a film composer and music supervisor for several independent films and has recently launched Indiespace Music Licensing & Supervision.
Novak is also the primary author of 3 Internet-related books: Creating Internet Entertainment, Internet World Guide to Maintaining & Updating Dynamic Web Sites, and Web Developer.com Guide to Producing Live Webcasts.