Award-winning Jenny Van West's original songs hit with passion and humor on the many facets of human vulnerability, and are delivered with potent stage presence and vocal horsepower listeners have compared to Alison Krauss and Emmy Lou Harris. Her loves of roots country, blues, gospel, and traditional fiddle styles pervade her vocal and instrumental work and have earned her TV and radio appearances. Her song "Nellie" won the 2015 songwriting contest of the Maine Songwriters' Association. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband and two sons. "Something Real" (2015) is her first album.