COVID Update & Shipping Your Goodies

Thanks for purchasing from Jenny and supporting her music during these strange times. We hope you love your new merch and are enjoying Jenny’s brand new album Hoping for a Hero.

The beauty of buying from an independent musician is your packages are personally sent with extra love, and all the while you are contributing to the creation of new music in the future! What is also cool is Jenny is able to provide LOCAL SHIPPING to the UK and Australia (YAY!), thanks to the help of her mum in Sydney (you may already have received Mrs Biddle’s love notes with your order)!

 

COVID & SHIPPING DELAYS:

Due to COVID-19 some deliveries may take longer than expected. Currently, there is a hold up of Hoping for a Hero CDs being imported into the UK. CDs in the UK may not be received till early December. We are hoping for a hero… but haven’t found one yet… Rest assured, Jenny personally receives all website orders and will send CDs to you ASAP. You may contact Jenny at [email protected] We apologise for any inconvenience and ask us to bear with us.

 

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Jenny’s 8th Album “Hoping for a Hero” AVAILABLE NOW!

It’s here! Ready for your ears! Introducing Jenny Biddle’s 8th independent album “Hoping for a Hero”! Explore thirteen exquisitely crafted compositions, as Jenny candidly surveys the ups and downs of life using her diverse palette of blues, folk, alt-country, rock and roots flavours.

Several years in the making, and playing a dozen instruments on this album herself, you’ll hear her memorable acoustic guitar style that marries melody, bass and percussion amidst her dependable guitar hooks. Joined by talented session musicians for a lush, full band vibe, enjoy raunchier roots, gentle folk tunes, poignant piano ballads, blues grooves, sweet country flavours, and in “Mountains & Molehills” she immerses us for the first time with the meandering sounds of a Weissenborn slide guitar, hand made by her father. With a lush sonic experience, producer Sean Carey adds the icing to the cake with his atmospheric, electric guitar melodies that tie in beautifully with Jenny’s reflective lyrical sentiment.

From the depths of lockdown, Jenny describes the album concept: “I was struck by the undertone of a longing for some kind of hero throughout these songs. In the past I’ve channelled my quest for happiness in futile directions, whether it be dreams, fame and fortune, romance, approval, or a binge-eating sesh at midnight, and you can very much sense the theme of chasing happiness or some kind of saviour throughout this album. If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that our priorities need a good shake up, and in fact some things we chase and value aren’t nearly as essential as we think.” But who’s the hero in the story? That’s for you to determine…

Jenny boldly confronts her battles with depression in “Long Winter’s Day”, and talks about befriending her anxiety in “Worrying Mind”, and uplifts the listener in her heart-warming alt-country finale, “Five Foot Tall”. Added to this collection of new songs, she’s also included a new orchestral version of “Village by the Sea”, and the sequel to her popular coming-out song, “Hero in Me” with its added verse celebrating marriage equality in Australia.

With beautiful cover art by Ruth Thorp, lyrics booklet and guitar tunings included with the CD, you can buy your very own copy now, or listen on your favourite streaming platform.

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TRACK LISTING:

  1. Too Much Too Ask
  2. Mountains & Molehills
  3. Worrying Mind
  4. Too Little Too Late
  5. Kintsugi
  6. Stories We Tell
  7. One and the Same
  8. Believe in Yourself
  9. Loaded Gun
  10. Long Winter’s Day
  11. Hero in Me (Hero in You Sequel)
  12. Village by the Sea
  13. Five Foot Tall

 

CREDITS:

Produced, recorded and mixed by Sean Carey at Church Street Studios, Sydney, NSW, Australia in 2019 and 2020
Mastered by Kathy Naunton – dB Mastering
Cover art by Ruth Thorp

Jenny Biddle: vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, Weissenborn slide guitar, piano, synth keys, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, percussion
Sean Carey: bass guitar, electric guitars, backing vocals, percussion
Matt Druery: drums, percussion, backing vocals
Damien de Boos-Smith: cello

 

POSTAGE & SHIPPING: Local postage is available in both UK & Australia. International shipping to the rest of the world. Free postage for orders over AUD$90! Please note, due to COVID-19 deliveries may be delayed. Currently there is a two week delay on “Hoping for a Hero” CDs in the UK. We apologise for any inconveniences in these strange times.

Blog: Deciding on an Album Cover!

Deciding on an album cover for “Hoping for a Hero” felt like a daunting endeavour. I enjoy expressing the rollercoaster that is life in a wide range of musical genres. This album features sweet folk, raunchier rock vibes, easy listening country melodies, dirty blues grooves, poignant piano ballads, as well as fusion with reggae and atmospheric notions and orchestral swells. This made it impossible to sum up the album with one graphic. What I did notice was that although the music is varied, there was an overall theme that could be summed up by one lyric in a song called Pedestal. That line was “Hoping for a hero”. I’ve gone through life with “the grass is always greener” mentality, thinking that contentment is just around the corner “if only this” and “if only that”. I’ve been drawn to certain goalposts of success, material things, some ideal body image, an over-indulgence of sugar & caffeine, or the quest a romantic fantasy, envying this person, envying that, thinking something, someone, some place will bring me out of the pain of now, and that I’d eventually find myself in some everlasting state of blissed-out utopia. Of course… utopia is unrealistic; life is full of ups and downs for everyone. This album reflects that as I sing about my battle with depression and anxiety, changing friendships, the yearning for deeper connection.

After discarding several attempts to create an album cover myself, I stumbled upon the work of Ruth Thorp. Her graphics took me into another world and I felt a sense of peace when viewing them. Based in the UK, with a degree in architecture, artist Ruth Thorp draws inspiration from her surroundings and likes to explore new ways of looking at things. She starts off hand-drawing black pen markings, scans the image in, converts it to a vector-based file where she can edit, colour digitally and combine with photographic textures. There’s a sense of energy and peace in her artwork, and when I discovered her work I knew she was perfect for encapsulating album concept, and I swiftly sent her the songs for incentive. With “seeking some kind saviour” as the concept of the album combined with a lyric in my song about a depression: “on a sea of endless vague… I hoped I’d be the one you find”; an image came to mind of a lost boat at sea. And Ruth came up with this:

 

When I saw her interpretation I loved it. There’s a stillness. A mindfulness. A watching and waiting… amd letting be. There’s this impression of opening our senses to the moment, and being enamoured with the world and our life, even if we can’t see a clear path ahead. Whether or not the person in the canoe is aware of it, there is the abundant sense of hope. And this concept reflects my awakening through creating this music on this album. Music and art, for me, create hope in a world where we can feel so lost. Perhaps music and art, are, in fact the hero in this story… and in our current global situation, I feel it’s pivotal to keep our world alive with art and music, and not take it for granted in the slightest.

What does the artwork evoke for you?

Check out more of Ruth Thorp’s art here: www.ruththorpstudio.co.uk

Hoping for a Hero comes out Friday 13th November 2020!
You can pre-order the album and buy merch from the Online Shop. Your support helps the creation of more music and art to be enjoyed for years to come!

“Five Foot Tall” Stop Motion Video Out Now!

Brand New Merch and a Brand New Album!

Jenny’s album “Hoping for a Hero” hits the world 13 November 2020. You can pre-order this on CD now from Jenny’s online shop. There are also some new treats to tickle your fancy, including deluxe specials, USBs, and coasters and postcards from the hit single “Five Foot Tall” to add splashes of colour to your life. Head to the Online Shop

Fiery New Song for an Apocalyptic World: Too Little Too Late

Jenny’s brand new apocalyptic song “Too Little Too Late” has just dropped onto digital platforms. It’s not pretty. It’s not nice. It’s 2020. Inspired by the Australian bushfires and the lack of action on climate change, this apocalyptic sentiment echoes on in our unprecedented global emergency of today, with a monumental message and a touch of controversy as JB “goes electric” to thrash out her first political song

This song is the first single off Jenny’s upcoming 8th album, which will be released later in 2020. You can enjoy the track now on your digital platform of choice. Does it strike a chord in you?

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Credits:
Composer: Jenny Biddle
Producer: Sean Carey
Vocals, electric guitar, keys: Jenny Biddle
Bass: Sean Carey
Drums: Matt Druery

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During these COVID times when touring isn’t possible, if you’d like to support Jenny and the making of her new album you can donate here in any currency: www.paypal.me/jennybiddle

Lyrics: 

TOO LITTLE TOO LATE
[Guitar tuning: DADFAD, Capo 6]

Late December
Apocalyptic wind
Can you hear the bells of hell
Ring ring ring

9 am
They blackened the sun
If there’s a god
I think your god has run

And it’s too little too late
Too little too late

Do I interrupt you
Happy holiday
Is the sound of a whining girl
Getting in your way

Happy New Year
There’s a party down town
I was looking for the meaning
But the town burned down

It’s too little too late
Too little too late

Would you trade your coal
Or your Mercedes Benz
If the price of air goes up
Before the world ends

Why do the greedy bastards
Always get to be king
Until hell is on their door
They won’t change a thing

It’s too little too late
Too little too late

Late December
Apocalyptic wind
Can you hear the bells of hell
Ring ring ring

 

 

 

JB Fans Raise Funds for Bushfire Recovery!! THANKYOU!

On her recent summer tour in Australia, JB brought around a collection tin to raise money for Australian bushfire relief; specifically for the town of Cobargo, NSW which was devastated by fires on New Year’s Eve. Fans donated a total of $1726 for the Cobargo Bushfire Community Recovery fund!! Go team!! Thanks to all those who came out to see a show and took part!

Cobargo still needs help during these crazy times, so if you are able to contribute, visit their Cobargo Bushfire Recovery Fund

 

Listen to Jenny’s new single “Too Little Too Late” a fiery piece on the lack of action on climate change. Listen on: Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, etc.

 

 

The Sequel is Here!

The SEQUEL to Jenny’s popular track “Hero in Me” has just been release online!

In 2017 Australia held a plebiscite, asking the nation to decide whether same-sex marriage should be legalised in Australia. The vote saw 62% of people saying YES to marriage equality, and as of January 2018 the first same-sex marriages were celebrated.

Since her own marriage is now legally recognised in her home country, Jenny added a new verse to her crowd favourite coming out song “Hero in Me”. She has re-recorded a tasty, acousticy version of the song with her new added verse!

You can listen right here, on Spotify!

For now the track won’t be pressed to CD, but it’s currently available for your streaming pleasure on Spotify and mp3 download Cd Baby. It will soon be available on YouTube, iTunes, Apple music and more.

Which is your favourite version?

Original (2013): Hero in Me

New Sequel (2019): Hero in Me (Hero in You Remix)

 

 

Brand New in Stock: Any-Purpose GIFT CARDS

Painted by Jenny herself, this card features a print of the original watercolour from her “Wild & Free” album cover. Suitable for all occasions; birthdays, thank yous, Christmas and more. Let someone know you’re thinking of them with this lovely linen paper gift card.

Features:

– 182 x 117 mm
– blank inside
– white envelope included

Buy 3 for the special sale price listed.
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