JENNIFER PORTER is a creative force of nature. Above all, she is a great singer with a distinctively lovely sound, and a remarkable range. Scott Yannow, author of The Jazz Singers, describes Jennifer as blessed with a beautiful voice and an infectious musical spirit she simply swings, does not waste a note, and every sound she creates is lovely. Roy Bainton of Blues Matters Magazine in the UK describes her as “”one of those American vocalists who will always exist at the cutting edge of fine music. Her versatility is often breathtaking.””
Jennifer’s songs are evocative and beautiful always melodically compelling, with roots in the blues. Sylvie Marie from National Independent Radio in the United States has stated that “”Jennifer is in the league of writers who reach deep within and create songs that ultimately help us define our own humanity.””
Her exciting live performances draw from a wellspring of musical and artistic influences, including Blues, Soul, Country, and Jazz. She has even been known to sing an Opera aria, if an audience member requests it.
Jennifer is a musicians musician, and has sung with Classical and Jazz Orchestras, including the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, and her own bands. She is also an accomplished Blues pianist, and has shared the stage on numerous occasions with C.J. Chenier, Nathan and The Zydeco Cha-Chas, and the Ils Sont Partis band.
She has recorded seven albums to date. Her newest, These Years, was recorded with legendary producer Jay Newland, and has seen significant airplay in the U.S. and Europe, as well as garnering praise on both sides of the Atlantic.
Her album, Easy Living (2014), with Grammy-Winning producer, Lawrence Manchester, was nominated for a 2015 Independent Music Award in the Jazz With Vocals category, and was heard on radio stations around the United States, including KJAZZ in Los Angeles, WWOZ in New Orleans, and Public Radio Internationals Jazz After Hours.
Apart from her life as a musician, Jennifer is known in film and theatre circles as an outstanding actor, writer, and composer. She has over 80 professional stage credits, including playing legendary Country Music star, Patsy Cline, and has received multiple awards in film, including Awards of Merit for Acting and Original Score from The Accolade Competition, Gold Prestige Awards for Acting, Original Score and Original Song, and a Silver Prestige Award for Original Screenplay, all for the film, 40 WEST. She also holds a second-degree black belt in Tai Jujitsu, and has advanced training in Kali and Jeet Kun Do.
Jennifer is currently touring in the U.S., and will be a touring in Europe in November, 2019. Dates are available on her website at: www.jennifernicholeporter.com.