Jenn in London, February 5, 2010.
|Birth name||Jennifer Hays|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, guitarist|
|Years active||1999 - Present|
|Website||S MySpace page|
Ghetto grew up in Tucson, Arizona where, in the mid 1990s, she worked selling pizza with future bandmates Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke. In 1997 the trio moved to Olympia, Washington for a year before becoming bored with that city and moving to Seattle. Brooke and Ghetto had met in Tucson aged fifteen and had briefly both lived in a poetry commune in Michigan.
In Seattle, Ghetto and Brooke formed Carissa's Wierd, who released three studio albums, the first two on Bridwell's Brown Records label. The band broke up in 2003 and since then three compilation albums have been released. Carissa's Wierd reformed for a one off show in Seattle on July 9, 2010 to promote their "best of" album, They'll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003, which was released by Hardly Art Records on July 13, 2010.
In July 2010, Mat Brooke announced that he and Ghetto had bought the rights to Carissa's Wierd's back catalogue from Sad Robot Records. He said, “Me and Jenn have been working for a while to buy back the rights to all of our records and we finally were able to get them all back.” This should allow all of Carissa's Wierd's albums to be re-released soon.
Ghetto has recorded three solo albums under the name S. Her songs are usually recorded in her bedroom and feature only vocals and guitar. Her most recent release is 2010's I'm Not As Good At It As You which features eleven songs recorded on an 8 track machine between 2006 and 2008, along with "Wait", the album's opening track, which features her former Carissa's Wierd bandmates Mat Brooke (ukulele & banjo) and Sarah Standard (violin).
Solo albums (recorded under the name "S")
- Sadstyle - Brown Records (2001)
- Puking and Crying - Suicide Squeeze Records (2004)
- I'm Not as Good At It As You - Own Records (2010)
- Cool Choices - Hardly Art (2014)
With Carissa's Wierd
- Ugly But Honest: 1996-1999 - Brown Records (1999)
- You Should Be at Home Here - Brown Records (2001)
- Songs About Leaving - Sad Robot Records (2002)
- Scrapbook (2003)
- I Before E - Sad Robot Records (2004)
- They'll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003 - Hardly Art (2010)
- ASCAP entry for Jenn Ghetto ASCAP
- Erin Franzman, "Carissa's Weird" (sic) The Stranger - From the Dec 9 – Dec 15, 1999 issue.
- Stephen Seigel, "Better Late Than Never" Tucson Weekly - June 22, 2006
- "Save The Dates: Carissa’s Wierd at the Showbox..." soundonthesound.com - May 3, 2010
- Zach Stoloff, "Sleepless in Seattle" Good Times - July 13, 2010