Indie-Pop Songwriter’s first family music EP, available on August 11 from Position Music
“The taller the mountain, the higher I fly!”
Holy smokes, have I been stressed lately. As a parent, I try not to show my panic during these trying times, but as soon as I am away on my own (what little time I have), I am learning to release that energy. When I was going through a particularly difficult time as a teenager, I turned to music. Yes, I write music and play guitar, but it’s a hobby and a form of therapy instead of a career. What came out of that was an album I called, “Clarity in Chaos”. It was pent up emotion trying to make sense in a world that didn’t make sense and it felt productive. These days, I have a go-to happy song to lift my mood – “Here Comes the Sun” (Beatles), and now I have a beautiful album of happy and hopeful songs to share with my family from the lovely Jess Penner called ‘Imagination’. It’s auditory therapy for stressful times! Love!
Jess Penner, a BMI songwriting contest winner known for her “bubbly indie electro-pop sound” (Popdose), “simple yet impressive melodies” (Honolulu Star Bulletin), and “a rawness and intimacy that is consistently missing from modern top 40 pop” (Baeble), ventures into the world of family music with Imagination, an EP of eight songs due out August 11 through Position Music/Recurrent Records.
As a kid, Penner listened to the oldies radio station with her parents, who also enjoyed popular folk rock. Today, Penner says she strives to deliver a pure sound and positive messages with her songwriting: “The music we hear as young children shapes our view of the world in really unexpected ways. I have a strong suspicion that being exposed to doo wop at such a young age made me a romantic, somehow.”
Fans may stream sample songs and pre-order Imagination now from Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play. The new songs are spinning on radio shows nationwide, including Spare the Rock on KUTX, Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl, the Playground show on WERS Boston, and Young at Heart on WTMD FM in Maryland.
- I’ve Got No Strings
- I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon
- Mr. Sun
- You Are My Sunshine
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow
- Thank You for Being a Friend
- Forever in My Heart
Working with Position Music since 2008, this Los Angeles based recording artist has earned hundreds of song placements around the world in advertisements and movie trailers, film and television shows. With Imagination, Penner breathes new life into classic children’s songs like “Mr. Sun,” “I’ve Got No Strings,” “You Are My Sunshine,” “I Don’t Want To Live on the Moon,” and “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” The album also debuts two Jess Penner original songs: “Forever in My Heart” and the title track.
About Jess Penner: Penner grew up on a banana farm on Kauai. She met her husband Kevin as teenagers performing in a nationally touring Christian rock band. Over the past decade, they have forged a musical powerhouse, crafting sticky songs and recording other artists’ projects in a converted garage studio behind their Los Angeles home. Over the years, other projects have included the bands Chandelle, Kayjez and We Cry Diamonds. Penner’s three solo albums have gained critical acclaim and millions of streams on Spotify, including the song “Life Is Rosy,” written with former One Republic band member Tim Myers.
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