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Jenny Biddle Biography

She wraps herself around a self-made acoustic guitar*, like a marriage between body and instrument, her most honest core is released as she commands the guitar to talk “with uncommon skill and absolute self-assurance” (Syke, 2013). Her audience is compelled to join her on a voyage of passion and story in song.

Jenny Biddle

With a commanding three-piece band, Jenny bewitches you with brilliant original folk/blues tunes that rely on her powerfully emotive voice, an instinctual mastery of the piano and her jaw-dropping skills on the guitar.  Removed from the confines of structure, a solo performance is something more altogether; as she finds the freedom to truly express herself, her songs are given the space to travel in previously unexplored directions.

Whether listening to her albums or witnessing this diminutive songstress live on stage, you are humbled by a raw honesty. The intense and somewhat complex style of Jenny’s music touches upon many issues that affect us all… love, loss, fears, hopes – all the challenges life throws at us. And she’s willing to share and let us in. In fact, she’s so damn honest she even talks about her lies! She describes herself as “Missy Higgins meets The Waifs, with some mesmerising guitar voyages and facial expressions thrown in.” In truth, her songs are just so deeply personal, inspiring an incredibly moving listening experience.

Live on stage, Jenny has the ability to resonate with her audience, with “a banter which is honest, direct, personal, affectionate, funny and utterly engaging” she has “that peculiar knack for making a large space like a loungeroom” (Syke, 2013). Reviewer Bradford Syke asserts “Everything about her performance says this is an artist at the top of her game”. Her guitar intertwines bass notes, percussion and melody so seamlessly that it seems there has to be more than one person on stage, despite conflicting evidence to the contrary. It’s an engaging experience and one that draws in fans who bear witness to Jenny’s musical dexterity, soaking up a musician who is at one moment humble in her abilities, before suddenly letting rip with a blistering guitar attack that’s akin to the power of Ian Moss in full flight.

Destined to walk a musical path from a young age, a brief encounter with the ukulele at just 4 years old lit the fire for Jenny’s obsession. Moving on quickly to a lifelong love of the piano at age 5, followed by a passionate and ongoing affair with the guitar from the age of 9, original compositions soon followed… accompanied by a steady stream of awards.

Most recently, her new single Hindsight hit #9 in the iTunes Songwriter Charts! She’s also held the prestigious title of Melbourne’s Best Busker 2010-2012, along with the People’s Choice Award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival Busking Championship 2012, to add to a string of awards. Suffice to say, recognition of Jenny’s talents by both public and industry alike is quickly growing.

doublealbumspecial2Her first two albums – ‘Chest of Drawers’ and ‘Little Treasures’ – have been met with universal high praise. Reviews described them as “… quite simply remarkable” (Trad & Now magazine) and Beautiful, no-nonsense folk music, with one of those great emotive voices that echoes just a touch of world-worn huskiness. (Dom Alessio – Triple J).

HeroFrontCoversmallHer brand new album ‘Hero in Me’, funded by excited fans, was produced by Thirsty Merc’s former guitarist, and legendary producer, Sean Carey. “From the growls of her more ‘country’ tracks to the way she lulls you in to her ballads….. It has sunshine, clouds and places in the sky to get to” (Mariella Mejia – Gaydar Girls), this album is her most vibrant work to date . Jenny’s first video clip for the title track, Hero in Me, is on the way. Written and directed by Rebecca Greensill with crew support from Home & Away, you’re soon to witness more of Jenny’s animated personality for her most popular iTunes single.    

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Like her songs and performances, Jenny Biddle is a striking, charming, refreshing, intense yet sweet person. She’s a master of her craft. Catch her now… before another moment passes by.

 *Jenny’s self-made guitar was part of a first-ever Australian Tone Woods Hand-made Guitar Exhibition called ‘Beyond the Trees’, held at Monstalvat with the support of Thomas Lloyd Guitars.

 Biography by Dave Keogh
Founder Perfect Pitch

Testimonials

“Songsmith, Jenny Biddle leads with her heart, braves the hard topics, lightens dark corners with her delightful humour, endears her audience and leads them on an engaging journey through the broad canvas of her music. She is at home on all sorts of stages and deserves a place alongside Australia’s cream of songwriters. Above all, she is an extremely talented and hardworking musician, whose dynamic performance is a must for all music lovers.”

~ Bones Mackinnon, The Swamp Dog Show – Casey Radio 97.7FM

 

“…soothing quality to it and wraps itself around you like a warm blanket…”
“…Biddle’s warm and inviting vocals begin on a very personal journey…takes you through the highs and lows of love, but without the melodrama that often accompanies it.”

~ Dominique Wall, Inpress Magazine

 

“...most impressive solo…”

~ Mark Dearborn [fan/musician]

 

“Jenny Biddle creates an impressive landscape of music to paint her words upon. A compelling and honest storyteller, I’ve listened to all three albums back to back, and back to back again.”

~ Kerryn Fields [Musician]

 

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Photo by www.lea-photography.com.au

“We have loved and followed Jenny Biddle’s music for some time, so choosing her to be part of our wedding celebrations did not take a lot of thought.  Jenny has an individual and distinctive sound that we adore, and clearly all ages enjoy as our guests are still raving about her long after the event.
 
If you are planning a big day and striving to make it a success, our words of wisdom are…  a successful event appears informal and spontaneous.  In reality it takes meticulous planning and your selection of music is pivotal.  Jenny will bring a casual and easygoing presence, in accord with her humble approach to provide a very special ambience.
 
We love Jenny and her music and cannot recommend her too strongly.  Thank you again Jenny for being part of our very special day.”

~ Geoff and Carole Kirwood [fans]

 

southernfm“An effervescent storyteller with pop and fizz…..a tiny bundle of talent.”
You can feel the thoughtful introspective lows and the joyful soaring highs all in the space of a five minute ride…a powerhouse.”

~ Mark Missen 88.3 Southern FM

 

“Jenny Biddle is a fabulous little Aussie talent. Her original songs & brilliant guitar playing make her a wonderful artist to watch & listen to. We’ve traveled far & wide to watch Jenny Biddle perform – she’s fantastic! I own every CD Jenny Biddle has ever recorded & I love them all!”

~ Deb Bourke [fan], Trish Ayers [fan] & Caroline Vogels JOY FM 94.9

 

“...intricate and complex guitar playing, beautiful vocals, perfectly matched by her fantastic song writing…”

~ Grant Hart [fan/musician]

Awards

2012:

Melbourne’s Best Busker 2012

People’s Choice Award for the 2012 Australian Country Music Festival Busking Championships (Tamworth)

2011:

People’s Choice Award at the Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival Busking Competition

Judges Vote at the Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival Busking Competition

Runner Up of the Tamworth Country Music Festival Busking Championships (non-country category)

Melbourne's Best Busker 2010 - photo by Raditya Fadilla

2010:

Melbourne’s Best Busker 2010

Grand Champion of the Korumburra Buskers Festival

First Place, Melbourne Songwriter Competition

2009:

Just Guitars Best Artists Award – Port Fairy Folk Festival

2002:

First place, Pink Faces – Blackstump Festival

Design Tech Award – Portable Electric Guitar