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Jeni Wren is powerful vocalist and songwriter whose originals, experimenting in funk, jazz soul and hip-hop, speak to the passion of human longing, influenced by artists including Jill Scott, Paloma Faith and Nina Simone.
"Jeni's voice is captivating.. when combined with the heart behind her lyrics, they're downright moving."(PDX Pick).
Her recently released debut EP North Star, garnered positive press from the Portland Media for both the EP and her live show. The album showcases her vocals within a tapestry of sexy jazzy soul, produced by Matthew Flowers(Feist, The Visitors) and featuring strong support from many of Portland's fastest rising artists. It was released with positive critical reception, with features in the Willamette Weekly, SSG Music and Portland Pick as well as radio support on KMHD, KZME, KMUZ and Portland Radio Project.
“"Sultry like a summer day in Portland" - Derek Smith, KMHD.
Wren was a founding member of Shy Girls, who were voted Best New Band in Willamette Weekly's 2013 poll and has been growing within the soul, jazz and songwriter communities with her album and 2013 fall residency, performing with local talents including Brownish Black, Magic Mouth and Ancient Heat as well as being a part of the 2013 Siren Nation Festival with Fault Lines and THEE Satisfaction. She has also performed regularly as a guest with numerous artists including Nicole Berke, Tom Grant, Just People, Tim Snider, Redwood Son, Wil Koenke, Ruby Pines and Garrett Brennan.
In 2014, expect Jeni to perform throughout the NW. Keep your eyes out for the release of her live album as well as a remix collaboration of the North Star EP.
Jeni, as former elementary Montessori teacher, continues to be an advocate for music programs, currently working as a vocal instructor at School of Rock. In addition, half of the sales of her debut single through reverbnation go toward providing instruments in school music programs through Fender Music Foundation.