Jenni Alpert

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Jenni Alpert at One2One bar during SXSW 2009.

Jenni Alpert (born[when?] Cameron Morantz[citation needed]) is an American singer-songwriter. Originally from Los Angeles, Alpert has independently released four albums and performed in over 14 countries (United States, Spain, England, Scotland, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, India, Nepal, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Australia), acquiring radio play on the BBC, PBS, and Triple J.[citation needed]

Her music has been featured on well known US TV shows like ABC's Castle, CBS's CSI Miami, MTV's The Real World, Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant.

Alpert's songwriting is reminiscent of artists Edie Brickell, Norah Jones, Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell. She has shared stages with Luka Bloom [1] Loudon Wainwright III,[2] Regina Spektor, Sara Bareilles, Kaki King, and John Popper.[citation needed]

Take It All, Alpert's most recent independent release, produced by Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, Brendan Willing James, Five for Fighting) [3] is a fresh blend of pop songs featuring Chris Chaney (Bass), Victor Indrizzo (drums), Dave Levita (guitar), Jeff Babko (organ), Zac Rae (synths), and Stevie Blacke (strings). Underneath the Surface, produced by Brad Smith (Blind Melon),[4] features an ensemble of musicians Jimmy Paxson (drums, Stevie Nicks Ben Harper), Lenny Castro (percussion, John Mayer), Chris Chaney (Bass, Jane’s Addiction), Zac Rae (synths Alanis Morissette), and Stevie Blacke (strings, Pink). Released in 2010, key influential websites and blogs quickly jumped at the chance to praise the record.

In the Netherlands, her sophomore full length album 'No Second Guesses' received strong radio play and Alpert was invited to do a series of live radio shows hitting most of the Netherlands pop radio airwaves: 'Shouting Boots' Radio 6, Radio 5 at Oba live, Tros Radio Muziekcafe Radio 2, Radio One at Link Atlas, V-radio/Veronica 'studio Schram' lead to supporting the UK artist Jon Allen on his Dutch tour. No Second Guesses was produced by guitarist Julian Coryell (except tracks, where noted, produced by Jimmy Paxson or Jimmy Messer), mixed by Niko Bolas, and mastered by George Massenburg. She has also recorded in the studio on various projects with Nathaniel Kunkel (producer-engineer) (Russ Kunkel, Dean Parks, Viktor Krauss, Matt Rollings), Marshall Altman (producer-songwriter), and Jimmy Paxson (drummer-producer) (Jimmy Paxson, Deron Johnson, Daryl Johnson, Carlos Rios).[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Alpert was born in Los Angeles and adopted[when?] at the age of four. While spending time in various foster homes, she began to sing and play the piano. Later in her musical development, she learned to play the guitar and started to write poetry and songs. A graduate of UCLA's Ethnomusicology Department (jazz program), Alpert was one of the first vocalists to complete the four-year music program, headed by Kenny Burrell, which granted her the opportunity to study and perform with the likes of Herbie Hancock and Barbara Morrison.[citation needed]

Additionally Alpert started Art of Expression, a traveling festival of eclectic sounds, visions, and exhibits designed to bring together musicians from all over the country who support keeping music programs in early childhood education. She also works with America's Blood Centers as a key speaker / performer,[5] Musicians on Call, The Downtown Women's Center (LA), Children of the Night, Bridge Point, and KI Foster Care Support Group, for which she is currently a board member.[citation needed].

Discography[edit]

  • Shining Light Vinyl (2014)
  • Take it All (2012)
  • Underneath the Surface (2010)
  • No Second Guesses (2008)
  • 27 Minutes in Bologna (2007)
  • Pieces (2005)

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