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.
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.
Her 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).
Her 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.
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