Jenny Oaks Baker
|Jenny Oaks Baker|
Photo from Classic: The Rock Album
|Born||Jenny June Oaks
May 27, 1975
Provo, Utah, United States
|Education||Curtis Institute of Music (B.M.)
Juilliard School (M.M.)
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|Spouse(s)||Matthew David Baker (m. March 7, 1998–present)|
|Parent(s)||Father: Dallin H. Oaks
Mother: June Dixon (1952–1998; deceased)
Baker (née Oaks) began playing the violin at age four, made her solo orchestral debut in 1983 at the age of eight and had won several competition awards in her youth. With Shadow Mountain Records, she has released twelve albums. Her first album, On Wings of Song (1998), was awarded two Pearl Awards from the FCMA. Her album, Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney, earned a nomination at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Several of her albums have listed on Billboard charts, including her 2010 album Then Sings My Soul; her 2012 album, Noël: Carols of Christmas Past which was produced and arranged by composer Kurt Bestor featuring vocalist Alex Sharpe; and her 2014 album Classic: The Rock Album.
She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, the Library of Congress and as a guest soloist with the National Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She has also been featured in television and radio broadcasts nationwide. Her BYUTV In Performance special, "Silver Screen Serenade", features Baker performing music from her 2008 album of the same name. She has collaborated with Gladys Knight, Marvin Hamlisch, Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller, Kurt Bestor, and the former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Baker's music has been featured on the soundtracks of many films, including Helen Whitney's 2007 PBS documentary miniseries, The Mormons, T. C. Christensen's 2011 film, 17 Miracles and 2015 film The Cokeville Miracle, and Mitch Davis' 2015 film, Stuck which also features her acting debut as the violinist character, Mandy.
Baker served as a judge for the 2007 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. In April 2008, Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. of Utah awarded her the Governor’s Mansion Artist Award for excellence in artistic expression.
For seven years, Baker performed as a first violinist in the National Symphony Orchestra before resigning in 2007 to devote more time to her family. Jenny, her husband, and their four children reside in Utah.
Baker is the daughter of Dallin H. Oaks, law professor and leader in the LDS Church, and the late June Oaks (née Dixon). She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an alumna of East High School (Salt Lake City, Utah) (1993). She earned a bachelor of music degree in violin performance from Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia, 1997) and a master of music degree from Juilliard School (New York City, 1999).
- On Wings of Song (1998)
- Songs My Mother Taught Me (1999)
- Where Love Is (2000)
- American Tapestry (2001)
- The Light Divine (2003)
- The Best of Jenny Oaks Baker (2005)
- O Holy Night (2007)
- Silver Screen Serenade (2008)
- Then Sings My Soul (2010)
- Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney (2011)
- Noel: Carols of Christmas Past (2012)
- Classic: The Rock Album (2014)
Awards and nominations
|Year||Recipient / Nominated work||Award||Result|
|2012||Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney||Best Pop Instrumental Album||Nominated|
- Concerto Soloists National Young Artists String Competition - Winner
- National Music Camp Concerto Competition - Winner
- Utah Symphony Guild Competition - Winner
- Kingsville International String Competition - Honors
- Irving M. Klein International String Competition (1996) - Michaelian Prize
- Governor's Mansion Artist Award (2008)
- U.S. Public Records Index, Vol 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
- "Artist Biography by Rovi Staff". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- "Final Nominations List: 54th Grammy Awards" (PDF). National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc. 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
- "Jenny Oaks Baker — Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- Lloyd, R. Scott (29 March 2014). "Elder Oaks receives Pillar of the Valley Award in Provo". Deseret News. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
- "Jenny Oaks Baker Shares Testimony", LDS.org (LDS Church), retrieved 3 November 2014
- Jenny Oaks Baker, Billboard.com, retrieved 3 November 2014
- Robinson, Doug (17 June 2014). "Jenny Oaks Baker and a career built for the goodnight kisses". Deseret News. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
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