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MP3 Jen Cass - Accidental Pilgrimage

If Mary Chapin Carpenter and Bob Dylan had a love-child who was raised by the Indigo Girls and frequently visited by the ghost of Phil Ochs, she would sound eerily similar to Michigan''s country/folk phenomenon Jen Cass.

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FOLK: Modern Folk, COUNTRY: Country Folk

Born to unusually hip parents in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, singer-songwriter Jen Cass was raised on a healthy mix of folk music, homegrown vegetables, spontaneous dancing, black licorice and Motown. When asked about her childhood Jen muses, "I remember my mom doing pirouettes around the living room with Joan Baez and Simon & Garfunkel blasting in the background. Then dad would pull out his guitar and we''d all sing Tom Paxton songs. “My sister and I weren’t allowed to watch TV, so we sang, danced and read every book we could get our hands on. By the age of five, I was a miniature troubadour in bad seventies clothing, quoting Jack London and belting out Jim Croce tunes. I love my parents for that.”

While her fashion sense has evolved over time, Jen has always remained true to her folk roots, writing beautifully crafted songs that draw comparisons to songwriting legends Bob Dylan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls, and Dar Williams, as well as playwright Eugene O''Neill. In the words of Suzanne Glass of https://www.tradebit.com, “Cass’ songs are lyrical gems. She weaves fables with her words that would make Aesop jealous.”

In November 1996, Jen released her first CD, Brave Enough To Say, and quickly sold over 2000 copies. Jen recorded Brave with the help of the world famous Russian surf-rock band Red Elvises. “We mixed contemporary folk, traditional country, gypsy scales, oatmeal raisin cookies and extreme sleep deprivation to create a totally unique sound,” quips Jen. Rick Nelson of the Tacoma News Tribune agrees, calling Brave Enough To Say an “excellent debut” and Jen a “gifted storyteller with a great voice.” Agenda’s Alan Goldsmith raves, “Jen Cass paints heartbreaking snapshots of lives gone wrong like nobody else.”

Since the release of Brave Enough To Say, Jen has played hundreds of gigs throughout the world, impressing fans and critics alike with her powerful performances. In addition to an Emerging Artist Showcase at the 2003 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and an Official Showcase at the 2004 Americana Music Awards, Jen has played The Bluebird Café (Nashville), The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI), IOTA Club & Cafe (Arlington, VA), Uncommon Ground (Chicago), Vic''s Music Corner (Rockville, MD), and Northwest Folklife (Seattle) to name a few. Jen was also a proud member of the first national Indiegrrl tour. Over time, Jen’s live shows have become increasingly popular, causing one critic to lament, “I attempted to pop into the Jen Cass show last month, but by ten o''clock the club was jammed to the roof and even standing room was not an option.”

After years of tireless touring, Jen caught the attention of producer John Jennings, who has co-produced eight albums and four #1 singles by Mary Chapin Carpenter, as well as discs by John Gorka, Janis Ian, Beausoleil, and many others. The result of their first collaboration, Jen’s sophomore release Skies Burning Red, received glowing reviews from critics worldwide including Rich Warren of Sing Out! and Pam Winters of Dirty Linen, was nominated for 2 Detroit Music Awards and 6 Review Music Awards, was #12 on WHFR''s Best of 2003 list (between John Mayer and Evanescence), was a Midnight Special Pick Hit of the Week, and received radio play all over the world. The songs from Skies Burning Red won awards in nearly every major songwriting contest, including the 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the 2003 USA Songwriting Competition, the 2003 International Songwriting Competition, the 2004 Great American Song Contest, and the 2004 Billboard Worldsong Contest.

With the April 2006 release of the John Jennings produced "Accidental Pilgrimage", Jen is poised to take her place among the great story-tellers of her generation. For more information go to https://www.tradebit.com!

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