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Fans Fund Jenny’s 4th Album!

We did it! In just three weeks fans raised over $8000 through Pozible to help the making of Jenny’s FOURTH album, Cover to Cover, an album full of Jenny’s ingenious covers. Recorded and produced at Sean Carey’s Sydney Studio, Trackdown Studios, Cover to Cover is expected to be released in May this year.

A huge thank you to all the financial supporters below.

 

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Ellie Stubbs & Simon Gronow
Jill Guscott Guitars by Jill Guscott
James Harries
Alan Clement  Southern FM 88.3FM
Jessie Pearson
Stuart Ritchie
Hui-chang Wang
Monica Davis
Jacqui Rattray
Andrew Wood-Rich
Alan & Jenny Nossal
Patricia McCormack & Brendan Hopkins
Phoebe Coates
Carly Day
Catherine Reidy
Rose Edwards
Nic Tate Beauty by Nicole
Julia King
Mark Walsh
Peter Indermuhle
Bones & Greg Mackinnon The Swamp Dog Show – Casey Radio 97.7FM
Caitlin Hobbs
Emma O’Connor
Doug Hocken
Emily Wardeiner
Natalie Brida
Sally Leonie & Ben Pfau
Shaun Hoult
Atonya & Melissa
Ann Skarratt Annies Whale Watching
Sarah Lambert
Katie Spence
Mel Lamborn
Deb Bourke
Mook & Jude
Dave & Belinda Atherton-Northcote
Frank Shaw & Robin Birch
Elly Maria Brus
Kelly Andersen
Beverley & Matt Coldhurst
Sally Maer Cello Diva
Richard von Schrenk
Emerald Leyden
Chris Rickard
Phil Ruck
Genevieve Bryant
Chele Oswald
Anita Monika Madura Anita Monika Madura Artist
Graham Koop
Leonie Lovell/Guiney
Brian & Kerry Lapsley
Sue Poustie
Phil & Narelle Wood
Tim Keeble The Artist Shed (Queanbeyan)
Matthew Dorhauer
Wendy Cutler
James Murnane
Danielle Madeley
Lance Fishman
Karen Coldwell
Red MacKay
Shannon Cornish Shannon Cornish Manufacturing Jeweller
Brooke Bevan
Clare & Marcus de Rijk
Julie Adams
Jenny Lewis & Clare Parslow Bright Holiday Rentals
Megan Cullinan
Nicola Nossal & Jana
Belinda Davies
Andrew Rossborough
Miranda Bradley
Ian Gordon Wright
Jo & Steve Reader
Grit Diessner
Peter Salt
The Nightingales
Janet & Owen Quinlan
Eric Allbutt
MAJOR SPONSORS
Steve Guest S Graphics
Maurita Walker
Chris Wynne Thomas Lloyd Guitars
Mary Colquhoun

Blog: Oh the School Belly Ache…..

I had a school belly ache this morning.

Today I set foot back in my old high school. To sing and to speak. It’s been 12 years since my year finished up and I hadn’t been back since.

School is a rollercoaster for all of us, aint it? I have vivid memories. Good and bad. The experiences at this time in our life that can make us… or break us.

I walked back through the gates and was flooded with memories. Everything was kinda the same, yet… so different. I remember the table where I sat on my very first day, reluctant in a skirt, with my hairy legs (I didn’t know you were supposed to shave back then), shy, very dorky, but eager to please, and aching to fit in. (It didn’t take long before I was shaving my legs…). The buildings, the teachers, uniforms, the quadrangle, the hall, everything was as I remembered it. Students were lectured about etiquette on public buses… just as I remembered.  They all have the hots for the young male teacher… just as I remembered.

But I’m a different person today.schoolblog2

It was like the new me was meeting the old me. The teachers who knew the old me were meeting the new me.

I was greeted by a friendly and familiar face. Ashamedly I didn’t recall her name, she wasn’t my teacher, but she knew all about me and the guitar I made and won a Design Tech Award for 12 years ago! And suddenly I’m reminded that teachers are human. With passions, visions, their own hopes and dreams, their own opinion, their own flaws, failures and mistakes. They don’t seem human when you’re a student. It’s us versus them. There are the ones who are like heroes to us, who inspire and encourage, who plant seeds that we take with us for life. And there are the teachers whose harsh words can define and limit us for the rest of our lives. I am grateful for the teachers who saw something in me and believed I was worth their time, effort, patience, and guidance, despite my troubled teen years. Unforgettable.

My school was a great school. There was opportunity, respect, education, some wonderful teachers. But it wasn’t always easy. Adolescence is a tough time for anyone, only to be made tougher by the idea of grades and “figure out who you and what you wanna do with your life NOW”

I approached the school wanting to come back to talk and sing. I wanted to share a bit of my story, my time at school, and where I have landed today, in the hope that if I could get through to just ONE person and make their life a little better, it would be all so worth it.

I stood in front of the school of 1000 people. I spoke about my high school years. I was a good student, but I struggled with an eating disorder. I struggled with being gay, lying about it and pretending I wasn’t to avoid bullying, I struggled with depression, anxiety and self-harm. How school can be so tough. I felt fear as I shared my story today, and that fear could have disabled me if I gave it too much weight. But the message I wanted to leave people with is bigger than that fear. It’s the message that we’ve all got our stuff; home life, abuse, disabilities, religion, sexuality, social/peer pressures, sickness, poverty, etc, but you WILL get through it. It all feels so intense at the time when it’s happening. It’s important to try your best, but school is not the be all and end all. There IS life after year 12. “I dare you to be yourself”, I said (perhaps easier said than done). Part of me wishes I had the guts to be myself back in school (but if we were never there, we’re never be where we are today – and today I had the guts to be me). It’s liberating to not place so much emphasis on what the world thinks. I came out of school alive. Not only alive, but I’ve prevailed. I’ve followed my passion for music, despite the hurdles and setbacks. We don’t HAVE to be bad at maths, cos our maths teacher tells us we are. We don’t have to follow the straight and narrow through the bottleneck society creates to success. And we don’t have to hate ourselves for being different.

It was an empowering experience. And if it could offer one student hope, it’s a job well done.

I stood on that very same stage where I once sang my little heart out and tied for first place at the School Talent Quest. The stage where I sang to my peer group at our graduation, and received a goosebumping standing ovation. Today I sang Hero in Me to the most appreciative audience. A song I would never have been brave enough to compose in high school. When the school applauded, it was like no applause I can ever recall. It echoed endlessly through the hall, and I felt their sincerity and enthusiasm as  I stood there, struggling to accept their humbling praise. I felt a sense of empowerment and pride. I was proud to have found the courage to reach beyond my comfort zone and stand before those young people as the true person I am today, and inspire them to become the true person they are.

It’s all gonna be ok, ey.

What was your high school experience?
Was there an experience that made you?
Was there an experience that broke you?
Where are you now? Who are you today?
Tell me a fond memory?
Did you also draw a mustache on your face with eyeliner in the 8th grade?
Who are you grateful to?

Jenny signs to Indepedent Record Label Feelgood Folk

FF.1As they say “two head are better than one”, Jenny Biddle and Feelgood Folk have recently merged to create bigger and better things. Adelaide-based Independent Record Label and Artist Management Feelgood Folk strives to work with a select number of independent musicians, not only to keep them financially sustainable, AND striving for to get their music out to greater audiences.

You can help too!
The best publicity for an independent artist is your word of mouth. Get to a gig. Buy rather than burn. Enjoy the tunes. Share the tunes.

BRAND NEW DOWNLOAD CARDS

How’s this for convenience?

CD Baby now provides Download Cards as an alternative to CDs and a way of making mp3s tangible for the consumer. This makes it the perfect gift to pop in an envelope; slim, light weight, cheap as chips to send overseas or around Australia; an entire ALBUM of music on one card…

jbdownloadsFor Christmas, why not purchase your loved one a whole Jenny Biddle Album on a DOWNLOAD CARD? $15 for an entire album, there’s no cheaper way to go. OR purchase the Triple Album Download Card Special for $30. That’s 5 bucks off each album!

 

How does it work?

The Download Card contains a web address to redeem your download.

Enter the unique code on the back of the card to begin downloading.

Listen and enjoy.

SIMPLE AS!

 

All three of Jenny Biddle’s albums are available on download card:

Hero in Me = $15

Little Treasures = $15

Chest of Drawers = $15

(Select choice in the drop down menu of the shopping cart)

 

Triple Album Download Special = $30

BUY ALL THREE ALBUMS on DOWNLOAD CARD for the SPECIAL BUNDLE PRICE of $30. That’s $5 OFF each album!!!

“Down With Your Soul” now on iTunes

downsmallJust behind chart-topping single Hindsight, Jenny’s second most popular iTunes seller is her brand new single Down With Your Soul. Written in the Tuscan hills of Italy in May this year, on a Chris Wynne original handmade guitar (Thomas Lloyd Guitars), Down With Your Soul is said to be Jenny’s catchiest tune yet. The moreish acoustic number was recorded and produced by Thirsty Merc’s former guitarist, Sean Carey. Jenny explains, the lyrics explore the idea of setting yourself free of the people who drag you down, to thrive and prevail.

These two popular tracks, Hindsight and Down With Your Soul are only available for digital sale- iTunes, Cd Baby, and more digital outlets. Grab your copy now.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY

Jenny has returned to her former uni; as the Macquarie University MMCCS’ Artist in Residence for Semester 2, thanks to sponsorship from APRA/AMCOS. This time the alumna stands at the lectern to share experiences from her music career thus far and work with aspiring music students. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts & Diploma of Education in 2007, majoring in Contemporary Music, and launching into a full-time music career since graduating, she will be running lectures on songwriting, performance and creativity, plus advanced guitar workshops, recording/production assistance, and assisting young artists in their development.

 

Special Event for the Public: jennybiddle-lecture

FREE CONCERT:
Tuesday 22nd October
Drama Studio: Building Y3A 187
1:00-2:00pm
Open to public, all ages

 

READ FEATURE ARTICLE by Maricris Espinosa.

Photo courtesy of Maricris Espinosa (Macquarie Univerity Web Content Officer)