Jen Lightfoot is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and visual artist. She has been writing and performing in coffee houses and indie venues for over 10 years. In the span of that time, her songwriting has evolved from simple acoustic guitar and vocal compositions to more complex multi-instrument arrangements with an overall darker sound.
Jen grew up in Northern New Jersey feeling depressed by the bullying of her high school peers. Tormented for being queer and the "weird artsy" kid, Jen began writing poems as an outlet for her anger and sadness. These poems eventually grew into songs - many of which made it onto her 2002 debut, Black Doves and Roses. This songwriting outlet became a means of therapy to Jen. All of her songs have come from a place of strong emotion, and now she is only able to write when feeling an immense surge of anger, sadness, fear, and (occasionally) love.
Heavily influenced by singer-songwriters such as Ani DiFranco and Tori Amos, alternative rockers (PJ Harvey, Veruca Salt, Garbage), and goth/darkwave bands (Switchblade Symphony, The Cruxshadows, The Cure), Jen's music is a unique mix of genres and styles. While mainly performing as a solo artist, she has also performed as a bassist for the country-metal band Bitchslicer The Country & Western Music Revue and lead vocalist for the folk-shoegaze-metal-punk-alternative-rock duo Lincoln vs. The Moon.