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Jennifer Strickland is a now consummate bassplayer and soaring vocalist, who grew up steeped in the country and bluegrass music tradition with a legacy of family players. This gets played out in confident lead singing that soars the frontiers of interpretation and defies any listener not to feel more than they intended to feel... to walk into the magic of the song. From the moment Jennifer steps onto the stage to perform, audiences are drawn to her – to the warmth, charm and confidence she exudes; she isn’t just singing a song – she is one with the song, feeling its heartbeat, bringing it to life. It is her genuine delivery and heart-on-her-sleeve demeanor that seduces listeners, making them an integral part of the performance, and leaving them always hungry for more. Her impressive range, impeccable vocals and unique edge and style have made her one of the most sought-after vocalists and performers of today’s Acoustic music. Her experience and background are an illustration of this sentiment.
In late 2005, Jennifer relocated to Nashville, Tennessee to begin what would be a nearly five-year stint as a bassist and harmony vocalist with Rounder Records recording artist, Alecia Nugent. Since her relocation, Jennifer has added touring and guest performances with many high-profile acoustic music artists, established producers, and collaborations with numerous songwriters to her resume. Some include Bradley Walker, Melonie Cannon, Carl Jackson, Valerie Storey, Delnora Reed, Carrie Hassler, Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, Randy Kohrs, Clay Hess, John Cowan, Josh Williams, Craig Market, Andy Falco, Sammy Shelor, Bobby Osborne, First Impression and many more. She is also recognized for her session work as a singer in Nashville.
Jennifer's accolades as a writer are also formidable. Her credibility as a songwriter became established in the National Bluegrass scene in 2003 when fellow Missouri native Rhonda Vincent recorded a song entitled “Missouri Moon” on her Rounder Records release “One Step Ahead” and again on her live recording, “Ragin’ Live”. Rural Rhythm recording artist, Carrie Hassler featured “Going On The Next Train” on her debut album in late 2006. “I Can Go Back Anytime” was the first single released from Carrie’s sophomore project and debuted on the Bluegrass charts in October 2008, reaching number one status in May 2009, staying on the charts for eleven months. Other original cuts to her credit include performances by Missy Werner, Jon Weisberger, Andy Falco (The Infamous Stringdusters), Maro Kawabata, the Faris Family, Jessie Marie Gregory, First Impression, and others.
She has taken home the SPBGMA Songwriter of the Year award in 2004. While performing with Midwest-based band First Impression, Jennifer was a winner of the SPBGMA International Bluegrass Band competition, Instrumental Band of the Year, and two Album of the Year awards. She is one of the Daughters of Bluegrass, a Leadership Bluegrass Alumni, and an active member of the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Some of Jennifer's musical resume highlights include:
- Winner, Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association, Songwriter of the Year, 2004
- Winner, Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association, International Band Competition (First Impression)
- IBMA Awards Nominations, Song of the Year, Recorded Event of the Year
- Nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year Contemporary and Bass Player of the Year - Society for the Preservation of BlueGrass Music Association, Midwest Awards
- Winner, International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Recorded Event of the Year, contributions to the Musician's Against Childhood Cancer project, Celebration Of Life
- Touring and guest performances with numerous national acoustic acts and performers including Alecia Nugent, Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, First Impression, Bradley Walker, Melonie Cannon, Carl Jackson, Valerie Storey, Delnora Reed, Carrie Hassler, Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, Randy Kohrs, Clay Hess, John Cowan, Josh Williams, Craig Market, Andy Falco, Sammy Shelor, Bobby Osborne, Lisa Ray and Old Towne, Frank Ray and Cedar Hill, Clay Hess, Randy Kohrs, Sunset Drive, Sammy Shelor, First Impression and many more
- "Missouri Moon", recorded by Rhonda Vincent (still deemed her most requested song)
- "I Can Go Back Anytime", reached number one on Bluegrass charts
- "Going On The Next Train", reached number four on Bluegrass charts
- 2012 Leadership Bluegrass Alumni
- Appeared on Daughters of Bluegrass, "Bluegrass Bouquet"