"Pianist Jennifer Thomas has what it takes. Her exceptional debut album ranges from the classics to the cinematic, and all played with intelligence, sensitivity and passion rarely heard in the New Age category. Bravo Jennifer, I’ll be watching out for what you record next..." -Michael Hoppe, GRAMMY Award nominated composer.
Jennifer started playing the piano and violin at age 5, and went on to study piano at Brigham Young University. Jennifer won the silver medal in her university’s concerto competition, performing Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto. She was also invited to perform as a concerto soloist with Salt Lake City’s Murray Symphony on the MacDowell Piano Concerto No 2. She has worked with the Seattle Symphony, participated with the Seattle Composer’s Salon at Benaroya Hall, and was a featured soloist at the Roosevelt Hotel. Jennifer performed with the Salt Lake Temple Square Concert Series for 3 years, and has also performed with various symphonies including the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.
Jennifer began composing music in 2004, combining the sounds of her classical training with modern new age, pop, and down-tempo/triphop beats making her a perfect example of a classical crossover. Jennifer’s debut album Key of Sea was among Kathy Parson’s "Top 20 of 2007" pick, is enjoyed on new-age/contemporary radio stations across the globe, and has captured the interest of filmmakers across the world.
Jennifer’s music was featured in 2 independent films in 2007, and will be appearing in several upcoming indie films in late 2008/early 2009. Her song "Fly Away" won 1st place in conjunction with the 2007 Swan Lake Moving Image and Music Awards in Germany, is a two-time 1st place winner in the Instrumental Channel on Ourstage.com in 2008, and will be featured in the upcoming film "Reasons" by Poor Boyz Productions - one of the leading ski & snowboard filmmakers in the USA (set to be released fall of 2008). She also just recently finished a tour of the Northwest with concerts in Salt Lake City, Idaho, and Seattle that included performing with multiple Emmy Award winning artist Jace Vek and pianist/composer Michele McLaughlin.
Jennifer continues to take a temporary hiatus from performing as she and husband, Will, just welcomed their first baby in June of this year. In the meantime she is working on two new album releases. The first, a collaborative lullaby album with her award winning musician mother, Carolyn Southworth, to be released Spring of 2009. And then a 2nd solo album, "Portraits" - tentatively set to be released sometime in 2010.