The ever-popular question..."What kinda music do you do or who do you sound like?"... Well I know most of us look for definitions or sign posts in life - so, with that in mind, in very fine print I'd have to acknowledge the humbling comparisons I get to Grace Potter, Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks...all of whom I'm truly grateful to be compared to. But I think I just sound like me... sometimes whispering, sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, sometimes screaming. Always honest. I can play the guitar but you'll usually find me on piano and I sing and write from my soul, so I guess that means I'm soulful - lol.
From the age of four the piano was my little safety net I'd play and hide behind... until I was thrown center stage at college earning a music theatre degree. Out of college I was hired by Royal Caribbean (followed by Princess) cruiselines to be a headlining vocalist performing to houses of 1000-1500 people.
I guess you could say my first official effort at recording was with several friends and recorded live. It was called "Lost Along the Way" and in the summer of 2006, that indie album was spun on over 200 college radio stations in North America. I was stunned. So I kept at it.
In March of 2007 I relocated to LA and began working on my first produced EP called "Unpredictable" (released at the end of 2007). That EP garnered won several song-writing awards and features (VH1 song of the year award/ LA music award nomination, featured snowcap download, XM radio "radar report") and attracted a variety of label attention - none of which I decided to sign with at the time.
After taking a musical hiatus for a while to do some soul searching, repair a broken heart and find my laugh again (read: pull my shit together), I moved to Brooklyn to begin 2010 fresh. In the last days of summer 2011, prompted by friends, I finally began work on a new project. The tracks 'Home' and 'Firestorm' were recorded at RAD studios in Bushwick with the intent to eventually be released with a complete album...which is still in the works. Not long after those 2 tracks were recorded, I was asked to play a private NYC event for about 300 people. So I quickly recruited some very talented friends to play the gig and immediately momentum began to build. Since that first show as "Jen Jayden and the Greenstone" back in November '11, it's just been about writing new material, testing it out in front of packed houses in the city, laughing lots and following my heart...
If you get a chance, come to a show and have fun with us.