Jennifer Spector | Ahead of the Game

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Ahead of the Game

by Jennifer Spector

A peek inside this playful & mysterious desert songsmith imported from the East Coast. Enter a quirky world of acoustic secrets & celebrations. Folky, jazzy, delicious. Cool guest instrumentalists. Top 10 Telluride Troubadour National Finalist 2004.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Bright and Clear Eyed
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2. Breathe
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3. Humor
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4. Rock Star
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5. Size 13
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6. Oversized
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7. Colors of David
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8. Virginia
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9. Mine!
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10. Slow and Steady
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Album Notes
Four-Time National Songwriting Contest Top 10

2007 Tumbleweed Music Festival Finalist
2004 Telluride Troubadour National Songwriting Finalist
2004, 2005 Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Competition

Jennifer Spector has been writing and performing her songs with her acoustic guitar for over a decade. She primarily draws from her love of traditional folk music, with a hint of the smart sassiness of Jazz and a little rootsy Americana. She performed on the streets of 14 European Countries in 1996, a year after moving to the American Southwest. She now performs regularly venues all around the West. In 2006 she moved to the Seattle area to conquer new ground.

She mixes her relaxed desert mentality with the quick, sharp inevitable wit of a woman coming of age in New Jersey. Her first full-length release Ahead of the Game ,on her own Bathtub Music label, showcases 10 of her finest songs.

The production on the CD is a clean and pure approach, letting you get drawn in to her stories of love, inspirations, friendships and human fallibilities, without getting bogged down with an over-produced sound. Some fun and surprising musical cameos are found here...from the xylophone on Humor, the violin on Size 13, banjo on Virginia, trumpet on Oversized and a piano finale on Slow & Steady.

Your comments are welcome and appreciated. Jennifer also loves suggestions on venues to perform at and welcomes the idea of a house concert in your town.

With her beautiful voice, singer/ songwriter Jennifer Spector is a pleasure to listen to. That her songs are also first-rate makes "Ahead of the Game" appropriately titled. The songs here are mellow, and Spector's acoustic guitar playing is augmented by diverse instrumentation including flute, oboe, banjo, trumpet and a terrific xylophone on "Humor." Lyrically, she turns nice philosophical phrases such as "A grain of salt goes a very long way in life's smorgasbord." This album is one "game" worth playing over and over again. Rating: A
Thomas Bond, Music Editor
Get Out, The Tribune (Phoenix)3/03

Her songs come with a degree of honesty that comes with life experience and the humanity of relationships.
Ryan Heinsius, Flagstaff Live 4/03

With her passionate voice, Jennifer Spector will prove that she is diverse. This performing songwriter will definitely move you either in person or listening to her new album Ahead of the Game."
Lavender Magazine, San Diego CA 6/03


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Jim Pipkin

Warm, honest, sexy and smart
To see Jennifer Spector live is a must - and this CD captures all of that warmth and honesty. Sometimes her frank outlook is almost embarrassing, and ain't that a good thing? Can't recall the last time a female singer's lyrics made these old ears burn, but you get the feeling it isn't shock for shock's sake. She's just smart, honest, and completely unafraid of herself. Love the genre-splicing, and the bouncy way she shifts gears midsong to make a point. Jennifer Spector has something here, you should grab yourself an earful.

Damon Allen

deep, engaging lyrics and music, flawlessly performed, full of life
I can't get enough of Ms. Spector!...from the way to close to home Oversized to the introspective Breathe, to my favorite, the suggestive Slow & Steady......her hypnotic voice and lyrics make me want to really live! She is an inspiration to anyone that is lucky enough to hear her!

Kenny Skaggs, (of Glen Campbell Band)

I absolutely love it! Great singing, playing and songwriting.

Rob & Renee Gordon

The most beautiful and compelling sounds in acoustic music.
Jennifer's music is phenomenal. Every song on the CD is a favorite. The honest expression of her feelings, particularly in Oversized and Colors of David, reveal a heart as big as a barn.