A LIttle About Jennifer B

Jennifer B & the Groove

To try to label a certain style or specific genre to Jennifer B is not an easy task. She has been playing and creating music for over three decades.  She has a broad spectrum of influences, ranging from styles of Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Carol King, Carly Simon, Annie Lennox, James Taylor, Buddy Guy, Peter Green, Paul Rodgers, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr, Patsy Cline, Bessie Smith, Koko Taylor and others.  Each show is a cascade of great tunes of many genres and many emotions.  “The music has to feel good, stop your heart!  And a good song is a good song, no matter the genre” says Jenn. 

Her parents divorced when she was five years old and she, her brother and mom rented a small apartment above a Spirit-filled church in Sunnyvale, California.  The people from the church had moved from the Mississippi Delta due to flooding to establish home there.  They were lovely and always kind to Jennifer and didn’t even mind that she and her brother would sneak down to listen to the choir as they practiced their songs.   Jennifer was always mesmerized by the soul and heart these very poor people filled their songs with, creating a feeling in her, now recognized as Blues“Any song that makes you feel that good and that sad at the same time has got to be the blues, though they were songs about God” she says.  She knew right then that she wanted to sing like that, to move others the way that she had been moved by these choir people and their songs.

Even though their time to live above the church was very short (4 months), the birthing of the music in Jennifer’s soul was to live forever in her.  After many years of honing her skills as a singer, the influence of that church created in her a ‘style’ filled with soul, passion and high-octane energy that transcends through all the songs and live show performances to this day.  Everyone who sees a Jennifer B Live Performance always has one thing to say, “WOW !!”.  Her powerful, earthy, gospel-soul, bone-shattering voice combined with her beautiful persona of Peace, Love and Happiness to all people, shines through whether you meet her on stage or in person. 

Jennifer writes original music and in November 2018, the band released their third disc, an All-Original CD called Downtown.  The songs are rich with flavor and feature a true, Americana sound that reaches back to the depth of her diverse influences.  Country to current pop, some with a blues flavor, these songs are featured on the disc and showcase Texas greats such as Van Wilks, Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson) and Jackie Venson, some of Austin, TX Finest musicians.

A song of the album Downtown had opportunity to be made into the band's First Official music video, titled Down Dark Waters.  The video was created by the most talented American Filmmaker, Kat Albert, Studio E-2, Austin, TX. (video is located on this site by clicking the VIDEO tab at the top!)

Over the years, Jennifer B has performed with her smoking hot band at large festival stages, large ballrooms, all size bars and she has also performed as a solo artist at small coffee bars.  She has played in almost every state in the United States, including Dallas Deep Ellum district, Memphis Beale Street and grinding out many shows on Austin’s famous Sixth Street (“Dirty Sixth” as it is known). 

Some Festivals include Merlefest, Springing the Blues, Eureka Springs, Tall City Blues, King Biscuit Blues, Simply Texas Blues, Memphis International Blues Challenge (Semi-finalist 2015 and 2016), and many others.

Throughout the years, Jennifer sang as part of a backing vocal group for the late B.B. King at a few festivals.  She has also either performed with or shared the stage with many fine artists including Buddy Guy, Van Wilks, Woods Brothers, David Allan Coe, Omar Dykes, Miss Lavelle White, Jackie Venson, Alan Haynes, Gary Clark Jr.

Some Cool News in 2019:  One of Jennifer’s many original songs, ‘What’s Done Is Done’ off the new album ‘Downtown’, is being considered for an upcoming Hollywood Movie.  

Additionally, Jennifer B and her band will be touring with the amazing Randy Hansen Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band in 2019-2020 for the 50th Commemorative Year of Woodstock Festival.

CD projects currently in the works for Fall 2019 release:

  1. 1.       KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE – a 14 song disc of various festival performances from Memphis International Blues Challenge, Merlefest, and other assorted live shows.
  2. 2.      BACK TO HIM – Blues CD contains Jennifer B originals and some landmark blues covers.  This disc will feature various guests including Van Wilks,  Omar Dykes, Alan Haynes and others.
  3. 3.      DEEP DARK NIGHT – 15 song CD containing all Jennifer B original tunes, also featuring many well known guest artists.

 

What Do Well-known Musicians Say About Jennifer B

Van Wilks

Jennifer B & the Groove are a bona fide Texas Powerhouse, feel good, forget your worries and go crazy on the dance floor kind of band, and they do it better than anybody around. And that says a lot coming from Austin! I’ve seen them take command of the audience and not let go. I’m lucky to have taken the stage and studio with them and looking forward to tearing it up with them again......and again!  www.vanwilks.com

 

Coco Carmel Whitlock and Bobby Whitlock

While Janis Joplin obviously remains a favorite among Texans and Jennifer B masterfully recreates those songs for her many fans, she deserves acclaim as a great singer in her own right.
Texas is full of barroom singers, it could have been another night of few expectations when we saw her live show, instead we were treated to the superb vocal sounds of Jennifer B.
Gifted and perhaps more sophisticated than she’s given credit, Jennifer B as Bobby (Whitlock) says "is in a league all her own".
She is right up there with the greats Etta James and Dorothy Moore with that gorgeous lower range to boot.  Jennifer is not only a great singer she is an accomplished musician and songwriter, a triple threat if you will. She deserves to go all the way to the top.   
 –  www.bobbywhitlockandcococarmel.com/

JACKIE VENSON

My name is Jackie Venson, I am an artist who has been working in the music scene for several years now locally, nationally, and internationally. I have seen thousands of bands all around the world and very few can entertain and work a crowd the way Jennifer B can. Not only are her and her band talented musical beings with great music, she knows how to connect and engage an audience creating a live experience that is truly unique. I have also worked with Jennifer B on musical projects and performances and she is very professional and reliable.  www.jackievensonmusic.com

 

ALAN HAYNES

“Jennifer B & the Groove- Soulful & Beautiful as Music should Be!”

www.alanhaynes.com

 

 

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(4 Different band formats to choose from, depends on event type, venue and music style requirements)

  1. Jennifer B & the Groove Does Janis (Joplin) Tribute Band – ALL VENUES (LARGE OR SMALL), BIKER FESTIVALS etc
  2. BLUES BAND – ALL VENUES, BLUES FESTIVALS, BIKER FESTIVALS
  3. AMERICANA (ALL ORIGINAL TUNES) – ALL VENUES (LARGE OR SMALL), FESTIVALS
  4. MIX OF ALL MUSIC STYLES (Country, Roots Rock, Blues, Janis Joplin,  -  Covers, Originals, Blues, Tribute) – ALL VENUES, BIKER FESTIVALS