Jenni Alpert (born[when?] Cameron Morantz) is an American pop 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.
Underneath the Surface, produced by Brad Smith (Blind Melon), features an ensemble of musicians Jimmy Paxson (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Chris Chaney (Bass), Zac Rae (synths), and Stevie Blacke (strings) - who have worked with legends such as Stevie Nicks, Jane’s Addiction, Alanis Morissette and John Mayer. Released in 2010, key influential websites and blogs quickly jumped at the chance to praise the record. Additionally she is a key spokesperson / performing artist for America's Blood Centers' new Speakers' Bureau program 'Conversations About Life'.[full citation needed]
Jenni Alpert's newest album is produced by Mikal Blue. (Colbie Caillat, Brendan Willing James, Five for Fighting), which is tentatively set for a 2012 summer release.
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' and support the UK artist Jon Allen on his Dutch tour and made her want to come back for more. Plans are currently being made for a European tour in late 2012. Jenni’s most recent release 'Underneath the Surface' (produced by Brad Smith of Blind Melon) captures her more eclectic-pop side. No Second Guesses is produced by 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).
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 Morrision.
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 has also worked with 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. and now is a key speaker / performer for America's Blood Centers.
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 Loudon Wainwright III, Regina Spektor, Sara Bareilles, Kaki King, and John Popper.
- Take it All (2012)
- Underneath the Surface (2010)
- No Second Guesses (2008)
- Twenty Minutes in Bologna (2007)
- Pieces (2005)