'Like a whisper in my ear, these songs came to me; inspiration flowed abundantly and without warning; ever-present in my mind and in my heart; carrying me along this journey that has unimaginably fed my Soul .. and continues to do so.' .. That was what I wrote upon completing my first cd 'FREE TO BE ME' in 2007. Since then, I've recorded and released my second cd 'FIERCE WITH REALITY' in 2008 and my third and latest cd 'IT'S YOUR TURN .. SHINE' in 2011. Some of my friends jokingly refer to me as a "lyricist exorcist !". .. Neither I nor my friends and family can believe the amount of songs I have written, especially given my lifestyle.
I am a proud, home-makin' mama of three beautiful children all under 12 years of age. I think of motherhood, singing and songwriting as 'Labors of Love' that are challenging and rewarding. And I find myself wanting to return each time. Each child, each song is so special and unique to me. They tell stories. And I am fascinated with this entire process. ..
As a proud New Orleans native, music has played a huge role in my life ever since I was a young girl. This is one City that is truly incomparable and forever a part of my Heart and Soul. At the age of ten, I was asked by a local New Orleans artist to make a 'record' (back in the day!). Unfortunately however, due to contractural disagreements, I have only a copy of the recording of that day, which me and my children treasure. They love to hear their Mama sing when she was a little girl. I believe Life, God, the Universe, whatever you so choose, opens and closes doors for us for a reason. I truly feel the Music was always inside of me and the door finally opened. ..
In February of 2006, six months after Hurricane Katrina, my family and I returned to New Orleans for a visit with family and friends that were able to return to the city. It was during Mardi Gras, which was joyous, yet considerably low-key than in previous years. It was also our first visit Home since the storm. What we saw while driving through old neighborhoods broke our hearts. Places we had frequented were either closed, in shambles or completely gone. We just couldn't believe the devastation. We all felt a tremendous loss; not just fond memories of places but first and foremost, of people lost. I have always believed that the people of New Orleans are what really makes it unique. The culture, the food, the music..it's all a result of the people. It was because of this visit, this sense of loss, that I felt inspired to look inward. And that's when the outpouring of these unique melodies began. ..
Upon completing my first song and sharing it with a few friends and family, it became apparent to me that this one song might be just what I had been waiting to write all these years. Little did I know that the second, third, more and more, would follow within a few short months. They just kept coming; while fixing the kids their after school snacks, while driving in the car, or in dreams. After a dozen songs, I spoke with a very musically talented singer and personal friend of mine then living in AZ, Kristen Chandler, whom I'd met while living in Oregon, about possibly recording them. Michael Zimmerman, Edison West Studios & Allusion Studios helped make my dream a reality. Initially, I wondered if it was at all worth the energy. Now, I don't regret one ounce of it. I used to ask 'why' is this coming to me all at once ..now, I simply ask that it not stop. .
I recorded three of my tracks in Oregon at Don Ross Productions studio with a few of the musicians I play with live at gigs. Then, in the Summer 2008, I returned to Arizona to record the remainder of my second cd, FIERCE WITH REALITY. With my third and latest release in 2011, I recorded with Don Ross and Michael Zimmerman at Edison West and newly with Billy Barnett at Gung Ho Studios in Eugene. I dream of recording in New Orleans in the future! And one day...one day... I want to be at Jazz Fest !!!! Check out: www.songsbyjenny.com ..
While traveling home from Arizona in 2008, I noticed a luggage tag that said, "See the World." At first it touched me in a most unusual way. I felt a pang of sadness as I recalled that I'd always wanted to see more of the world. But then I was reminded of my fear of traveling in the world we know today. And as a mother of three children, it was an unnecessary risk to take. Later, I realized that fear is no reason at all for not seeing the world. .. I began thinking about that luggage tag in a different way and decided to put pen to paper. I wrote, "How do I 'see the world'? How do I perceive the world around me?" That's when every song on ''Fierce with Reality' truly came alive for me. Every song offers the good and the bad, the sweet and the bitter, the fullness and emptiness we all experience in Life. And yet, if you listen hard enough, you can hear the underlying tone of Hope in every song; the Hope that we are all steadfast, zealous, ardent and strong-willed with what is truly real in our lives. The many wonderful and terrible things that have either happened by choice or been thrust upon us..these are the things that make us stronger. The loves... the losses.
For me, my latest release, 'IT'S YOUR TURN .. SHINE,' represents my intent of sharing this Music that flows through me. May I always convey that I am a singer-songwriter with a strong voice and a strong message. My songs speak of longing, cherishing, being, staying, accepting, expecting the unexpected, choosing, letting go, healing, shining, loving ever-so-deeply, hurting, losing, and gaining sight of things from the past that we spend life's energy avoiding. And isn't that Life? Isn't that what makes us human beings? I ask my kids whenever we see a rainbow, "now what helped make that beautiful rainbow?" And they say, "The sun AND the rain, Mama." ..
Being fierce, for me, means true Happiness. Others may try to hurt you or make you who you are not. Be real. Be fiercely real. Know that you are your best when you honor your worth, learn and grow, choose a joyous vocation and live generously, diligently, humbly and attentively. Change is happening at every turn. Be open. I've learned so much from my own songs. They are stories of my own and of others. They inspire me every day...to be my best Me. Check out my page www.evenmamashavedreams.com ..
As a singer/ songwriter, I aspire to touch peoples' hearts and keep my lyrics personal and truthful, as only I know how to write them. In time I know I will find my own way to help rebuild the City that is so deeply a part of me and who I am. I've learned that the lyrics guide you along the journey and the melodies tell you just the path your journey will take. Finding myself in my melodies and sharing them has been both a vulnerable and freeing experience all at once. Already I'm finding that by letting your life enfold, you touch the lives of others. This has been such a creative and ever-evolving journey. Each revolution brings with it a newness I have come to fully enjoy and wholly embrace. It felt really good to be 'Free to be Me' in 2007 and then 'Fierce with Reality' in 2008. And evenmoreso in 2011, 'It's Your Turn.. Shine.' With the recent release of my third CD, June 11, 2011, I feel there's an awakening within myself. A great weight can often be palpable in the music business. I choose to own my unique gifts of Song.. IT'S MY MUSIC'S TURN TO SHINE !