“Jennifer’s munificent charm and humility is all too clear in her music which aims to embrace it’s listeners in musical refuge and individual uplift, with rounded-out low tones, smooth jazz-sensibilities and tender lyrics, from the heart to the heart.”
Straddling the boarders of jazz, soul and folk, Jennifer McMahon is a songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist and producer from Dublin. Her music explores elements of many genres and tastes including jazz, soul and more conceptual ideas. As a contemporary artist, she continues to explore the capabilities and nuances of the voice as an instrument. Jennifer cites some of her influences as Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, Jeff Buckley, Esperanza Spalding, to name a few, and the vocal teachers she has had the pleasure of working with throughout her career.
Inspired lyrically by life experiences, compositionally, by exploration, jazz- inspired harmonies and conceptual ideas, and rhythmically, by driving grooves and natural movement; Jennifer’s music has become a cross over of genres bringing drama through jazz, improv through soundscapes with a touch of soul for good measure, all the while retaining the storytelling importance of folk music. At the heart of it is the human experience; living it, witnessing it and sharing it: the light in the dark, the beauty in sadness, the turbulence in stillness.
Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Master of Contemporary Performance and Production at Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain in 2017 having gained her aBachelor of Arts Degree at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, Ireland. She has been an active performing musician in Dublin since 2006 and now calls Valencia a second home where she has played with a host of Berklee’s international students.
Jennifer says her music is always evolving; seeking out new vehicles of form, style, interpretation and weaving it into the fabric of her artistry. To date Jennifer identifies as a singer, performer, composer, bandleader, arranger, educator and more recently, producer. Her most recent project in an album of material written about the passing of her father and the breakdown of a relationship. Recorded predominantly at the AKSS studio in Berklee Valencia, Part of The Whole features more than 20 musicians from over 10 different countries. It is currently in post-production. After an attempt to release the material in 2017 Jennifer decided to hold back and remix and master the album herself. A process with many ebbs and flows. None the less, a release date has been set for February 2019 and will be followed up with a tour in Spring.
‘Moving Forward’, the album’s first track is available here.
With a voice equally as delicate as it can be powerful, Jennifer brings you on a journey, from the most vulnerable places to the most empowering.