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A pianist and self-taught mandolin player, Jennie takes the same approach to music as she does to life, love, and spiritual practice: express yourself radically and honestly. With a storied musical background and a voice often compared to Joni Mitchell, Backstrom’s claim to fame is her ability to quiet a rowdy barroom when she steps up to the mic and expels a voice which - grounded in an operatic background - climbs to the ceiling and down without flaw or effort.
Having started her career at age 16 singing the National Anthem for sporting events, the Worcester-based singer/songwriter has been a part of many musical projects, but most recently released her debut album. In Emotions Sit, Jennie supplements her arsenal of songs like the soulful and sultry “To My Next Lover” with mandolin crowd-favorite“Rain".
On a yogic journey since the age of 19, Jennie has studied Ashtanga yoga in the NH seacoast, on her own in the south of France, alignment-based yoga in Newburyport and Salem, MA and most recently enrolled in her second teacher-training in Worcester, MA. This continual practice and way of life is a big influence in many of her songs, which presents itself in "Short little Lines" referencing The Book of Change and, of course, the title track, "Emotions Sit".
Always on the lookout for her next inspiration, not knowing what comes next is a thrill for Backstrom, whose whimsical, free-spirited nature often finds her jumping on a stage to lend a vocal, jamming with a street musician along her route home or collaborating with excited, hungry musicians like herself.
“Every one of us should be able to share our deepest ideas, thoughts and emotions with the world,” Backstrom says. “Music is my vehicle".