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Singing star Jenny gets set for American tour

Excitement is building for a musician from Nafferton ahead of a near two-month US tour promoting her soon to be released new album.

Singer-songwriter Jenny Bray, who recently featured in the Wolds Weekly when some of her Yorkshire Wolds Suzuki Piano pupils performed at Highfield House in Driffield, travelled to the States earlier this month, where as well as performing songs from One Hare One Owl, she will writing new material alongside some accomplished producers.

Jenny’s inspiration for her new album came from some of the villages in the Yorkshire Wolds and the outstanding beauty of the area conveyed in her songs will be passed on to an American audience.

It’s the first time Jenny, who studied in York, New York, Galway and Cardiff, has visited the USA since COVID restrictions were lifted.

She told the Wolds Weekly the US tour is the start of a busy period, with gigs in the UK and the production of her fourth album to come later in the year.

“I recorded my first two albums out in the US and I had a fair bit of success with them over there with some memorable performances at New Hope’s iconic John and Peter’s live music venue” said Jenny, who cites Nina Simone as one of her inspirations.

“Tracks from those albums have also been featured on Radio Jazz Mixcloud, BBC Introducing and BBC Radio Humberside, a station which has been really supportive. And I have been featured twice this year in the blog Sidesteps and Detours.

“Some of my songs received radio airplay on Radio Times, the national public radio in Philadelphia, with one of the producers describing my music as ‘sultry, clever, sweet and smart’.

“Whilst in America, I played at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, before coming back to England to write another album.

“Last year, I released a single called ‘Bridlington’ before concentrating on my latest album, One Hare One Owl, which is inspired by the Yorkshire Wolds, particularly Fraisthorpe, Wansford and Langtoft.

“I’m going to the US for around two months and I’ll be playing 19 dates in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia, mostly solo performances but linking up with a New York backing vocal singer Olive Joseph who I’ve worked with many times before and also an Argentinian guitarist Louis Sparre. I will be travelling with two road crew. I am appearing as a guest on the popular J.B.Kline show which will be live streamed.

“I usually receive a good response from audiences in the US and now we are out of lockdown, it is really nice to get out there and play.

“I will be working on the final mixes of the album with Nashville producer Justin Johnson, as well as filming a music video.

“It’s a really exciting time for me. Once I return from the US, I’ll be going on tour in the UK as a support act and I’ll also be doing some more work with BBC Radio Humberside and in local jazz clubs.

“The tour in the UK will continue to promote the album and I’m hoping to produce some CDs and vinyl. Look out for my new single ‘Ringing Bells’ to be released on November 1st, a song I wrote telling a story of ringing in the new year at St Peter’s in Langtoft.

“I have already started work on my fourth album, which is called ‘Vocals in Essex’ and I’ll be recording the vocals for it in Essex ahead of the release.”

For more information about Jenny’s music and performances, visit Jenny Bray Music Facebook or Jenny Bray Collective Instagram.

Alternatively, email jennybray01@gmail.com.

Copies of Jenny’s albums are available at La Vie En Rose on Exchange Street in Driffield and Planetwise on Prospect Street in Bridlington.

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