MP3 Jen Murdza - Reboundin´
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ROCK: Modern Rock, URBAN/R&B: Retro-Soul
Skillfully maneuvering lush vocals around her unique guitar rhythms, Boston's own Jen Murdza is an eye-catching, ear-catching performer who will take you instantly by surprise.
Upon initial encounter, your first thought will be "How can a voice that big come from such a tiny person?" Once over your initial shock, you'll begin to really listen and notice a fresh songwriting style built on an almost sarcastic marriage of somber lyrics and playful, rhythmic grooves. Murdza blurs genres like no other. Her final sound is an addictive, foot-stomping mixture of soulful, bluesy-rock and a voice bigger than her body. The Boston Herald agrees and writes, Jen has a "strikingly supple voice".
Paul Jordan, BlogCritics.org writes, "Not since I fi rst heard Diana Krall, nearly five years ago, have I been so excited about the advent of a fresh new female vocalist to the music scene, Jen Murdza is going to break a lot of molds and cross lines between genres, mark my words, she is the real deal."
With the well-received debut EP "Things Untold" behind her and the recent release of her full-length follow-up "Reboundin'", Murdza is quickly gaining notice. This sophomore effort finds her helming the project as producer, arranger, rhythmn guitarist, keyboardist... and she even plucks the bass on one of the tracks. Supported by notable musicians from Boston jazz, soul, and rock music scenes, the album is alive with the rhythms and textures from the days when music was less mass-produced.
Murdza's "Reboundin'" is a collection of original music ripe with genre-blending tunes that are truly a "tip of the hat" to so many styles of music close to her heart. Songs like the title track and "Soft Shoes" have hints of the influential music from the peak of the Sun Records' era from artists such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and Johnny Cash. The more pop-oriented tracks like "Gracious", "Cold" and "You'll Never Know" share strong roots in the R&B music Jen's Mom imparted on her from legends Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight. "Did I Ever Tell You", a song about never feeling you've said quite enough how much you love someone, blends the haunting melancholy of an old Hank Williams' tune with swirling Wurlizter-like tones of a carousel and textural guitar effects often found in modern day electronica. While Murdza definitely pulls from multiple genres, there is an inarguable cohesiveness to the album driven by her strong vocal style, unusual tempo changes, and acoustic guitar rhythms. Though influences abound, the sound is distinctively her own.
Jen has been featured in numerous publications including The Boston Herald, Northeast In-Tune Magazine, Metronome Magazine, and Skope Magazine among a number of online publications. She's performed live before the massive viewing audiences of Boston TV stations, including WBZ-TV, Fox 25, and NECN.
She has opened for standout artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Johnny A, Bill Janovitz, and Ryan Montbleau to a consistently positive response.
2007 Mountain Stage NewSong New England Regional Finalist
2007 Starbucks Music Makers Semi-finalist
2006 New York's Songwriter Circle at The Bitter End (alumni includes Vanessa Carlton and Nora Jones)
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