Joe Jencks is a national touring performer and award-winning songwriter. His career is based as much in ministering to the human spirit as it is in the performance of music. “A Joe Jencks concert is definitely not a visit to the inner world of some guy with a guitar who would like us all to sit still and listen politely. It's an occasion for singing, a contagious rising up of voices, an act of joy and defiance! …tapping into the latent, nearly mystical beauty that a roomful of people can unleash by singing together.” – Seattle Folklore Society, Seattle, WA
While Joe Jencks has performed professionally for nearly twenty years, his first all-spiritual recording, The Wonder Deep Within, was released in the summer of 2004. It has met with critical acclaim from fans and reviewers alike. Observer Magazine said, “This recording is a profoundly spiritual statement, and it will go far in helping many people move toward the spiritual centers of their own beings.” The reviewer continued, “Joe’s voice, so unique in its combination of strength and vulnerability, power and sweetness, is the perfect vehicle for these songs.”
In 2004, Joe won the prestigious Walnut Valley Music Festivals’ songwriting contest in the category of “Songs of Religion and Spirit.” The winning song is the title track off his latest recording, The Wonder Deep Within.
Jencks performs in churches, spiritual communities, and other venues throughout the United States, and gained national acclaim for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts, inviting them to open.
Jencks studied Vocal Music Performance, Choral Conducting, and Music Education at the undergraduate and graduate level. He has engaged in many forms in music ministry in the last two decades, slowly merging this spiritual work with his professional career as a touring performer and songwriter. The result is a powerful ministry, devoid of dogma and overflowing with spirit.
“Joe is a minister’s dream musician! His willingness to collaborate with me on the focus for the service, and his genuine sharing of his deepest self is truly a gift from and to God… As Joe so eloquently put it, every song is a prayer. When the song comes from him, I believe it!”
– Rev. Kathleen Verigan, Abundant Life Center, Vancouver, WA
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Rise As One - Live Concert CD Folk/Labor History 2005 Turtle Bear Music
The Wonder Deep Within CD Folk/Spiritual 2004 Turtle Bear Music
I Hear Your Voice CD Folk/Social Justice 2003 Turtle Bear Music
What Kind Of Brother CD Folk/Traditional 2000 Turtle Bear Music
Joe Jencks- E.P. CD Folk/Traditional 2000 Turtle Bear Music
The Phoenix CD & Tape Folk/Folk-Rock 1995 Turtle Bear Music
Joe also appears on numerous CD Compilations including National Public Radio’s “Car Talk: Born Not To Run.”