Someone once said, "Everyone needs a feisty red-head in their life." Jennifer Jade Kerr fits the bill. She performs with a mix of intensity and humour, and her music has been described as "wise", "passionate", and "breathtaking".
Jennifer Jade Kerr grew up in a little farming town in south-eastern Saskatchewan. Her father bought her her first guitar when she was 17 on a trip to the city for tractor parts. By that time, she had been writing songs for fi ve years, and they finally began to come to life.
JJK began performing her own material at open mic nights and songwriter circles during her university years, and after earning her BA in Religious Studies, she spent a year on the road with Christian music organization CREW Ministries as a member of the group "Saltwater", releasing an album called "In the Key of La". Passionate about serving and leading youth, Jennifer appeared as the worship leader at the 2007 Lutheran Church-Canada National Youth Gathering, I AM, in Ottawa, Ontario. Owing a great deal to the Saskatchewan music community and its supportive atmosphere, Jennifer has appeared on numerous Saskatchewan radio stations covering multiple genres, as well as the stages of the Casino Regina Showlounge, the Craven Country Jamboree, the Conexus Arts Centre, and the Pump Roadhouse. JJK has showcased twice in the Gospel Showcase at the Saskatchewan Country Music Association conference to rave reviews. In March 2008, JJK's song "I Don't Want You to Know" won the regional prize in the Radiostar National Songwriting Competition, taking her to Toronto to showcase at Canadian Music Week. Her debut solo album, "Somehow it always does..." was released on indie label Golden Flame Records on September 6, 2008. The album was nominated for two Saskatchewan Country Music Awards in 2009 - Gospel Album of the year (which it won!), and Album of the Year.
Three days after the release of her album, JJK said "see you later" to Saskatchewan and headed west, taking up residence in Kelowna, BC. She is now busy exploring a new musical atmosphere, and seeing how God will use her and her guitar Bennett in the new digs.
Although well able to cover songs in various genres, JJK's passion is performing her original material, folky-rocky pieces that have something to say. Her goal is to be HOT - Honest, Open, and Transparent, about who she is and what she holds dear. JJK's inspiration to write comes from many places - her faith in Jesus and the spiritual journey as she seeks to follow Him, her family and friends, stupid boys, nice boys, the prairies, shoes.... life in general.
And life is good.