KIM JENNINGS Born in suburban Massachusetts, Kim has been singing since the ripe old age of 5. The oldest of eight children in an Irish Catholic family in the Boston suburbs, Kim grew up listening to the music of Clancy Brothers, Jim Croce, and James Taylor. "I didn't know it back then, but traditional Irish music and the 1970s singer-songwriters got deep into my heart, and now influence me in ways I never realized," says Kim of her musical influences. In 2014 , one of Kim's newest songs, "When We Are Broken," was nominated as a finalist in the Eventide Arts 2014 Songfest songwriting competition (Cape Cod, MA), and Kim earned an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Solarfest Songwriting Showcase Competition (VT). 2015 brought a self-imposed songwriting challenge: write a new song every week for the first 3 months of the year. She made it work for 8 weeks. She says: "It was a good run, even if I didn't write all 12 new songs! Writing consistently, trying not to worry over whether or not the new songs are any good, is better than not writing at all. 8 songs is a good start, there's certainly more writing to do, and all the new tunes need work. But, getting myself to write consistently is planting the seeds for what my next recording project can be, and getting those wheels turning again." ---------- Splitting the bill with Kim is singer-songwriter-guitarist and American Beauties founder Michael Gray. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Michael began writing at the age of 15 and played his first live show at Hartwick College in Upstate NY at age 13. After playing with local bands in the Syracuse area during high school, he later performed solo in college at clubs in Flagstaff Arizona and later in Austin Texas before moving to Boston. Michael continued playing solo shows around Boston in the early 1990s before taking a ten-year musical hiatus to raise a family. In 2003, Michael joined the Americana band "Dig In The Dirt" with Juliet Simmons, Jonas, Justin, and Jeff who played clubs in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville between 2004 and 2008. After DITD disbanded, Michael joined the progressive rock band "Sarcasmatics" with local guitarist and songwriter Chris Faris. These projects would introduced Michael to the many musicians and artists that would ultimately influence the music of American Beauties; his first solo band project showcasing his original song compositions.
It's been a while since I've played at the Armory, and I'm honored to be back on that adorable cafe stage. Come join us for this fun and intimate show, part of the Somerville Songwriter Sessions.
Southern New England Women's Expo! Showcases all day by the New England Women Songwriters Collaborative. Hundreds of vendors. Fun girls day out!
The Songwriter Sessions is pleased to present the 3rd Annual Founders Show. Please join us in the new year as we welcome a new member - Kim Jennings! Each of the members will perform a short solo set followed by a round-robin song swap.
Sounds Like: Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin, Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, Norah Jones
Label: Birch Beer Records
--Here Now, 2013
--Birch Beer Christmas Cheer (Dan Cloutier/Kim Jennings/Levi Schmidt), 2010
--My Own True North, 2009
Backing Vocals or Piano
--Life on Mars - Ruthann Baler
--American Dream - Sonic Bridge
--Blind Willie's ...See Full Bio
“At the heart of the new CD is Kim, the folk songwriter, and the tunes still ring with the plain honesty of folk, shunning the platitudes, posturing, and sensationalism of commercial rock. She stills sings beautifully and delicately about things like the home she has built with her husband and child (“I Love You So”) and the innocence of playing outside in the snow (“Angel in Snow”), both of which glow with aching lead vocals and crystalline harmonies, and beautiful acoustic instrumentation. With “Here Now,” however, she also explores edgier modes, such as on “Valley of the Shadow,” which is driven by fuzzed guitar and crisp drums, while Kim explores Old Testament trials and her pursuit of peace; and the pure rock of the opening track, “Get out of My Head,” on which she sings the regrets of a rocky relationship, while Dan [Cloutier] invokes Middle Eastern motifs with tremolo and distortion. Several other tunes rock out, providing a nice balance of energetic numbe”