“I write lyrics like I’m texting,” she explains. “It’s that direct. The music reflects my life. The message is that girls can have fun too. We can do the same things that guys do—like partying or going out. You don’t have to worry about what anyone else thinks. I just decided to do me in the music.”
Growing up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, she started singing and performing by the age of three. In addition to receiving classical vocal training and piano lessons, she attended New York’s prestigious Stagedoor Manor acting camp five years in a row. By 14-years-old, the budding artist had made up her mind, heading to Los Angeles with her mom and diving headfirst into the entertainment industry.
“I needed to just start working,” she says. “When I was in elementary, middle, and high school, I was bullied, and I thought, ‘I’ve got to get out of here.’ L.A. was amazing, because anything felt possible. It’s rare for somebody to be an actress or a singer in Ohio. I had to go somewhere creative.”
While quietly honing her craft, she began landing various acting roles. She joined Marisa Tomei and Minnie Driver in the horror film Laboratory Conditions as well as starring in the short The Stanford Letter and a 12-minute Secret Deodorant anti-bullying spot entitled Meanamorphosis. Simultaneously, she cultivated a singular sound equally inspired by the brazen, tattooed post-alt pop of Halsey and Jon Bellion and the stadium-size ambition of Rihanna and turn-of-the-century Britney Spears.
“It’s pop, but it’s edgy,” she exclaims. “I really wanted to do something that spoke to who I am.”
In order to capture this spirit on her forthcoming debut EP, she teamed up with producer Tony Rodini [blackbear, Weezer, Terror Jr.] during 2017. The single “California Daze” properly introduced Jenny. Within two months, it cracked 100K streams on Spotify announcing her arrival. On the track, sunny synths and finger-snaps brush up against her hashtaggable lyrics, “You got me so buzzed up. What we had was untouched. We fell in love with ‘California Daze.’”
“It’s about getting lost in what California is,” she explains. “It tells the story of a guy and girl who started talking and end up hooking up. It’s easy to lose yourself in California. That’s where the ‘Daze’ comes from. I feel like I’ve held on to myself though. I don’t want a relationship that’s going to flip and flop. I’m not dealing with that.”