Jenny Darren

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Jenny Darren
Birth nameJenny Darren
  • Musician
Years active1962-present
Associated acts
  • Ladykillers

Jenny Darren is a British rock singer, best known for her participation in Series 12 of Britain's Got Talent. She was 68 at the time of audition.[1] [2] A child star, a recording veteran in a short time, and by the late 70’s rock had come calling with a vengeance, she was born with a voice and stage presence to die for.[3] She gave up on rock music and moved into the world of jazz and classical music before returning to her rock roots in 2015.


Jenny has been singing since the age of 12. She grew up socializing with Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page as well as ELO frontman Jeff Lynne. She also worked with drummer Nicko McBrain, before he joined Iron Maiden.[4] Heavily influenced by local rhythm and blues players, she went on to obtain a deal with the Transatlantic Records label in her teenage years. Eventually in her early twenties, Jenny burst onto the rock scene supporting AC/DC on a six week U.K. tour.[2][5] .

During an appearance on Good Morning Britain, Jenny revealed how she missed out on her big chance with the hit song Heartbreaker. Her record company released it on an album Queen Of Fools in 1978. But as they were also a publishing house, in 1979 the song was given to rising star Pat Benatar who recorded it and made it a huge international hit.[6][7]


Jenny released her own album Queen of Fools in 1978, including the song Heartbreaker. Until present, she went on to record ten albums. Her last album, a collection of covers titled Jenny Darren & The Lady Killers, was released in 2017 and features two versions of “Heartbreaker.”[4]

Britain's Got Talent[edit]

Jenny took part in the 12th season of Britain's Got Talent TV Show at the age of 68. She started her BGT audition dressed as a granny, before stripping down to the black outfit underneath and rocking out to AC/DC's Highway to Hell.[7][1] The entire audience, including all four judges, gave Darren a standing ovation when she finished singing.[8][4]


  1. ^ a b Young, Graham (2018-04-22). "Rocker Jenny Darren finds instant fame on Britain's Got Talent - after decades of plugging away". Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  2. ^ a b Darren, Jenny. "Jenny Darren Biography". Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  3. ^ "JENNY DARREN Heartbreaker-Best Of 1977-1980". Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  4. ^ a b c Cornell, Jeff (2018-05-01). "68-Year-Old Woman Sings AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell' on 'Britain's Got Talent'". Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  5. ^ Hyatt, Edward (2018-04-21). "JENNY FROM THE BLOCK Who is Jenny Darren on Britain's Got Talent, how old is she and is she in a band?". Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  6. ^ Taylor, Frances (2018-04-23). "Here's how Britain's Got Talent's Jenny Darren narrowly missed out on huge fame in the 1970s". Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  7. ^ a b Randell, Louise (2018-04-23). "Britain's Got Talent's rock pensioner Jenny Darren reveals she missed out on millions after giving hit song to Pat Benatar". Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  8. ^ "Baby Boomer rocks ACDC in amazing video, leaving judges shocked". 2018-04-29. Retrieved 2018-07-28.

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