07 Sep Artist Spotlight on Jenn Grinels
Lovely voice of Jenn Grinels performing at a listening party at our home, was one of the most incredible musical experiences. Our 10 year old was able to sit and enjoy a talented singer/songwriter perform, as most often they perform in bars where children are not allowed. We have seen Jenn perform a number of times, and each time the strength and sound of her voice hits me, gives me the chills. She is outstanding and you should definitely check her out at one of her many shows in September around Maryland. Jenn is a touring musician, follow her on Facebook to see what town she will be in next!
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Jenn left her hometown of Cupertino, California to study musical theater at the University of California at Irvine. After graduation, Jenn moved to San Diego and made a living performing in musicals, including performances as Janis Joplin in the 1960s musical Beehive and as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch before devoting her time to a solo career.
After recording a self titled EP in 2004, Grinels recorded her first full-length album, Little Words, in 2007. The album, along with Jenn’s live performances, has received almost universal praise from reviewers and comparisons to well known musicians Fiona Apple, Ani Difranco, and Jewel.
Her song Can’t Stay Here was featured on MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Island.
Grinels released her second full-length album, Broken Heart Breaker, in May 2011.