Jena Irene

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Jena Irene
Jena Irene 2014.jpg
Irene performing in 2014
Background information
Birth name Jena Irene Asciutto
Born (1996-07-13) July 13, 1996 (age 19)
Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
Genres Alternative rock, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2014-present
Labels Original 1265 Recordings
Website www.jenairene.com

Jena Irene Asciutto, (born July 13, 1996), known professionally as Jena Irene, is an American singer from Farmington Hills, Michigan. She was the runner-up of the thirteenth season of American Idol. Irene became the first female Wild Card contestant of the series to qualify into the finale, and became the second Wild Card contestant, after Clay Aiken in the second season, to make it into the finale. In April 2015 she signed a long-term recording deal with the independent Detroit label Original 1265 Recordings.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jena Irene Asciutto was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan, on July 13, 1996 to George Asciutto and Julie (née Loiselle.)[2] She graduated from North Farmington High School on June 8, 2014.[3] She participated in North Farmington's annual "Coffee House" talent show, and from ages 12–16 was a member of a band called Infinity Hour, before they disbanded in February 2013, prior to her American Idol audition.[4]

Career[edit]

2014: American Idol[edit]

For her American Idol audition, Irene sang "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele. During the audition process, production continually called her "Jena Irene," possibly due to a mistake she made when writing down her name, as "Irene" is not her surname, but rather her middle name. Although she initially made attempts to correct her name, she eventually decided to keep the name professionally.[5]

During the group round, she sang "Too Close" by Alex Clare, alongside Sikenya Thomson, Allie Odom, and Mufarid Zaidi. She made it into the third part of Hollywood week by singing an original song called "Unbreakable Me," which has since been released on iTunes. Irene performed the song again during her hometown visit after making it to the top 3. She was announced as the runner-up on May 21, 2014.

Performances on American Idol[edit]

Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Rolling in the Deep" Adele N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 A Capella "Video Games" Lana Del Rey N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance "Too Close"
with Sikenya Thompson, Allie Odom, and Munfarid Zaidi
Alex Clare N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Solo "Unbreakable Me" (original composition) Jena Irene N/A Advanced
Top 31 (10 Women) Personal Choice "Paint It, Black" The Rolling Stones 4 Wild Card
Wild Card Hollywood Solo "Unbreakable Me" (original composition) Jena Irene 2 Advanced
Top 13 This Is Me "The Scientist" Coldplay 8 Safe
Top 12 Home "Suddenly I See" KT Tunstall 1 Bottom 3
Top 11 Songs from the Cinema "Decode" Paramore 10 Safe
Top 10 Billboard Top 10 "Clarity" Zedd feat. Foxes 3 Safe
Top 9 I'm with the Band! "Bring Me to Life" Evanescence feat. Paul McCoy 9 Safe
Top 8 Back to the Start Duet "Just Give Me a Reason"
with Alex Preston
Pink feat. Nate Ruess 3 Safe
Solo "Rolling in the Deep" Adele 9
Top 8 Songs from the 1980s Solo "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" Arrows 1 Safe
Duet "It's Only Love"
with Caleb Johnson
Bryan Adams & Tina Turner 5
Top 7 Competitors' Choice Duet "Gimme Shelter"
with Caleb Johnson
The Rolling Stones 6 Safe
Solo "Creep" Radiohead 10
Top 6 Rock 'n' Roll "Barracuda" Heart 1 Safe
Country "So Small" Carrie Underwood 10
Top 5 America's Requests Trio "Best Day of My Life"
with Alex Preston & Sam Woolf
American Authors 3 Safe
Solo "My Body" Young the Giant 6
Solo "Valerie" Amy Winehouse 9
Top 4 Love Songs "Heartbreaker" Pat Benatar 4 Safe
"Bad Romance" Lady Gaga 7
"Can't Help Falling in Love" Elvis Presley 11
Top 3 Randy Jackson's Choice "Titanium" David Guetta feat. Sia 3 Safe
Judges' Choice "Heart Attack" Demi Lovato 6
Hometown's Choice "Creep" Radiohead 9
Finale Simon Fuller's Choice "Dog Days Are Over" Florence + the Machine 1 Runner-Up
Reprisal Song "Can't Help Falling in Love" Elvis Presley 3
Winner's Single "We Are One" Jena Irene 5

Post-Idol[edit]

Irene took part in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2014 from June 24 through August 24, 2014. She began work on her debut album immediately after the show as well.[6]

In April 2015 Irene signed a record deal with Detroit-based label Original 1265 Records.[1] She announced she will soon be releasing a new song, "Unbreakable," from her upcoming debut album, Cold Fame.[7]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
"We Are One" 2014 N/A
Releases from "American Idol"

References[edit]