"Three years ago a singer/songwriter from the USA released an album that blew me (and everybody else who heard it) well and truly away. THE MUSICIAN was unlike anything I'd heard and became our album of the year. Jennifer Terran's new album, FULL MOON IN 3 has just been released on home turf and is due in Europe in 2006. It has taken three years to complete, in which time Terran became a mum, while steadily building a fan base in the USA through numerous intimate live shows. FULL MOON IN 3 is a remarkable, beautiful and haunting album which has already been penned in as one of the best albums of 2006. It's that good...
FULL MOON IN 3 will take several listens before its spell is fully cast. But when it does its haunting magic will hit you like a pile-driver; you'll be drawn back to it time and time again; and realise that it's an original, sincere and moving musical masterpiece. It also marks Jennifer Terran out as one of the most creative and distinctive singer/songwriters around at the moment. An early contender for album of 2006? I will be surprised if anything released in 2006 will match this for its emotional intensity and sheer beauty, and it will be the first essential release of the New Year." SHAKENSTIR (UK)
Terran's 3 year in the making 'FULL MOON IN 3' is an ambitious concept album which has stretched Jennifer in many new and exciting dimensions. Haunting, achingly beautiful, and sometimes psychedelic, “Full Moon in 3" unravels as a deep universe of gorgeous string and mellotron arrangements, and even a surprise moment of hip-hop as she raps nakedly about a sexual 3 experience. The record is graced by some amazing talents including bassist Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco) and was mixed by multiple Grammy award winner, Husky Hoskulds, (Tom Waits, Norah Jones, Fiona Apple). Produced by Jennifer Terran with loving assistance by David Simon-Baker.
Jennifer Terran’s highly personal, inventive music and achingly beautiful voice has inspired rave responses from music lovers and publications all over the world (Telerama, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Oor etc.) making several top 10 lists, including second best album of the year in The Times (London). Currently her rendition of “QUE SERA SERA” is featured on DELL’s XPS commercial.
Jennifer Terran was born in Los Angeles, growing up in the 70’s on a dead end street in North Hollywood suberbia. She came from a musical family. Her father Tony Terran was a trumpet studio player playing on over 10,000 records, T.V. sessions and motion pictures playing with nearly every influencial musician and band on the planet including the Beatles, Frank Zappa and Ella Fitzerald.
At 12 Jennifer was discovered by a record producer who was convinced he would make her into the next big kid star. She worked in his studio non stop recording old cheesy pop songs. The producer would sit in the control room crying from the raw charge and emotion in her pre-pubesent voice. Luckily nothing came from the project and she proceeded to veer off the beaten path of commerciality.
The first songs that came out were very personal. They were also very developed musically though she was not trained in music theory. She wrote many songs in her first year of writing and for all intensive purposes taught herself piano, developing her own beautiful strange way with harmony and dissonance. She had several bands, including “Puppet Show” and “Grizelda” while at the same time starting to play solo piano/voice concerts in a local café. Several demos later, she began making her debut “Cruel”- with the help of engineer Julie Last (Joni Mitchell, Ricki Lee Jones, Shawn Colvin) who co-produced and engineered half the record with her. Jennifer played a bunch of shows in California as an indie artist and received some strong recognition for her raw intensity, authenticity, beautiful voice and strange, original pop songs. Chris Douridas took in Jennifer’s music featuring her on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”. He also felt her music should be signed to a record deal, so he played it for David Geffen who was rumored to say she was “amazing! but wow, so intense”. After CRUEL came a very creative, beautifully quirky EP, RABBIT and then her first kind of masterpiece, THE MUSICIAN which was the record that established her in Europe and beyond.
THE MUSICIAN ERA
Disenchanted with the music industry and sick of peoples’ stupid advise on how she should be more “commercial”, Jennifer disappeared from view in her bedroom and began making her lushly, epic concept album “The Musician”. She bought some home studio equiptment, borrowed some vintage tube microphones and an old analog 12 track and thus began the intense learning curve of recording, producing and mixing on her own. Though the process was a challenge, it was equally liberating to be in control of painting the recorded sound, a process that felt to her just as important as the songs and performances themselves. Her recording style emerged with “The Musician” as being just as unique, quirky and deeply personal as her music.
‘The Musician’ was completed in late 2000 and she toured here and there on the west coast for about a year until a well respected music publication in the Netherlands discovered it with the music editor quoting, “I’d rather trade in all my Tori Amos CD’s for Jennifer Terran’s “The Musician”. Soon after Jennifer began touring in Europe. One year later, the Rounder label licensed the album from Jennifer’s indie label, Grizleda Records. The self made indie album received great praise making many critics best of lists, “2nd Best Album of the year” in THE TIMES (London) and 4 stars in Rolling Stone. Several tours followed with sold out concerts across Europe.
FULL MOON in 3
The next several years, Jennifer went through some massive life changes, the divorce of her partner of 8 years, a second marriage and the birth of her first child, Phoebe Moon Ray. She also put out her first live CD “Live From Painted Cave” which captured her long tradition of her intense and intimate home concerts. The live album featured songs from her prior albums but also for the first time she did some renditions of other peoples’ work, including Cohen’s “Halleluja”, ”Streets of Loredo” and “Que Sera, Sera” (the recording of which was recently picked up by DELL for their XPS commercial.)
It was during these 3 years that she was conceiving and recording “Full Moon in 3”, another ambitious concept album which stretched her in many new and exciting dimensions. Haunting, achingly beautiful, sometimes psychedelic, “full moon in 3” was unraveling as a deep universe with Jennifer’s gorgeous string and mellotron arrangements as well as a surprise moment of almost hiphop as she raps nakedly about a sexual 3 experience. The record was mixed by Husky Hoskulds (Tom Waits, Fiona Apple etc..) and graced by bass player Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco). Currently Jennifer is recording her sixth CD due out in 2008 or ‘09.
(complete articles at www.jenniferterran.com)
"Endowed with a voice or heartbreaking purity and melodic talent, Jennifer Terran will most likely rise rapidly to the level of the greats.”
TELARAMA (Paris, France)
"Breathtaking... timeless... pure... monumental.... Categorizing Jennifer Terran is impossible. Terran is a style of her own."
OOR MAGAZINE – (Netherlands)
"Haunting and intense, she sounds like a rawer version of Tori Amos. But Terran possesses a uniquely fierce and uncommon uncompromising voice"
UNCUT - (London, UK)
“Terran is a breathtaking singer. Her vocal innuendos are pure, free of the mannerism of a lot of contemporary female colleagues."
FOCUS - (Belgium)
"Jennifer Terran is an unusual, very unusual kind of artist and quite a woman! A truly magnificent Film Noire Diva and a world-class songwriter-singer. This woman is unique, captivating vocalist, pianist, tenderly rebellious songwriter, producer by raison d'etre and necessity, hip-hop dynamic instructor and dancer, story-teller, an existentialist philosopher, an emotionally and intellectually charged teaser and provocative presence and most certainly a daring-devil entrepreneur."
HERALD TIMES PARADE – (London, UK)
"Not everybody can be both scary and vulnerable; Jennifer Terran (pronounced tearin') can. The scary part is her voice, which spirals into regions so high you fear she'll disappear or crash, and lately it has acquired a diamond-dust edge that can saw through a stack of hearts, first of all her own."
LA WEEKLY – (USA)
"If Jennifer Terran has a voice as much incomparable as unforgettable, it is because she is also that in real life. Her authentic and sensual voice awakes up in us emotions so deep inside that thinking of it makes nearly crying of pain or joy, as if truth had a price."
MURMURES – (Switzerland)
"At some point Tori Amos had that same gift, but in the meantime she has become a phenomena… Let's hope that Jennifer Terran will never become world famous."
PLATOMANIA – (Netherlands)
"Pure, that was this concert in one word. No setlist, no décor, only a small lady, with a voice like a storm behind the piano”
STORYVILLE MAGAZINE – (Netherlands)
"The music of Jennifer Terran is so beautiful it hurts."
CULTURE – (Netherlands)
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