"A music teacher once told me I’d have a very successful career as a pop artist. I was pissed.” states the young pop/blues (or as she calls it ‘Sapphire Blues’) songstress. “My dad was a professional musician and at the time I was in year six of my classical training. I had decided to go rogue and leave the classical community but I wanted to be a rock star not some ‘pop’ singer. It wasn’t until I got over myself that everything just fell into place.”
Shortly after, at the age of 19 she packed everything she could carry (and drag) and hopped on a train New York city bound to chase the dream. Six years, 8 cities and a short stint of time spent sharing a one bedroom apartment with a lovely Korean family of five in the ‘Pleasantville’ projects in New York she’s found her sound- a little pop, a little blues and a lot of sass.
With her single "Mr. Universe" being called "a fun little flip off to the fates" (Nick DeRiso) this sapphire blues songstress is just getting started.
Jennifer Cadence - Guitar, Piano, Lead Vocals
Michael O'Neal - Drums
Scott Truman - Guitar
Mr Universe EP
Mr. Universe (the single) was featured on the September 2011 edition of the CMJ FreePlay Sampler.
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Jennifer Cadence and her music: Love @ First Listen
Interview with Skope Magazine
PensEyeView Featured Artist
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Jennifer Cadence is our kind of artist – a fantastic talent spreading her music on the road and acro...Jennifer Cadence is our kind of artist – a fantastic talent spreading her music on the road and across the United States. She left her home state of Washington at 19 years old to tackle the east coast music capital of New York City...
PCM Music Radar: Embrace the music of Jennifer Cadence
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Jennifer Cadence describes her music as “A little pop, a little blues and a lot of sass” and I could...Jennifer Cadence describes her music as “A little pop, a little blues and a lot of sass” and I couldn’t agree more. This outstanding singer/songwriter is racing up the college radio charts and securing favorable press everywhere she goes.
Jennifer has music in her blood. She was learning to write, sing and perform at a very early age.”A music teacher once told me I’d have a very successful career as a pop artist. I was pissed.” Cadence had visions of rock stardom, not the life of a bubblegum pop artist.
“My dad was a professional musician and at the time I was in year six of my classical training, I had decided to go rogue and leave the classical community but I wanted to be a rock star not some ‘pop’ singer. It wasn’t until I got over myself that everything just fell into place.”
With a touring history stretching from New York City to Seattle to Los Angeles, Ms. Cadence is making fans from coast-to-coast. Her songs are intelligent and sincere while showcasing her beautiful voice and engaging personality. For fans of Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos and KT Tunstall,
Jennifer Cadence is an artist you should embrace.
Jennifer Cadence- making fans from coast to coast
Online feature in Philadelphia, PA based magazine Origivation
Jennifer Cadence Review
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Jennifer Cadence had a strong background in classical music, but six years into her training, she ...
Jennifer Cadence had a strong background in classical music, but six years into her training, she decided to leave the classical community to pursue her dream of being a rock star. After being told she would make a fine pop singer, she got mad and went to New York to see just what kind of musical chops she really had. Five cities later, Cadence has come out with her first EP, Mr. Universe. It has been called “a fun little flip off to the fates” and is full of spunk, blues, pop (much to her chagrin) and lots of attitude.
“Mr. Universe” is the title track to the EP and opens up with light guitar and a pop feel. Cadence’s vocals are light and airy, filled with a fluid grace that immediately drew me into her sound. Ebb and flow, this piece has a good energy and is most definitely filled with a quirky nod to the universe as a whole.
“Dirt On Your Shoes” has some anticipatory guitar playing that marries well with the lyrics. Cadence does a great job of building the tension of the song with edgy guitar and vocals that reach into the soul. This is what her “Sapphire Blues” is all about. Her voice is a flower blooming across the landscape of the song, but don’t forget the thorns hiding underneath.
“Idiot” has more of piano edged beginning than the other tracks on this album. It is very light and full of humorous lyrics. The only thing I didn’t like was some of the vocals felt off from the music. This song has potential, but needs a little reworking.
On the whole, I enjoyed this EP. Mr. Universe is a quirky look at life’s roundhouse kicks, but Jennifer Cadence just keeps getting up and giving it another go. I thought her vocals had a good range, but the last song, “Idiot” needed some work. Musically, the harmonies were good and the composition was engineered well. Cadence has a great blend of pop, soul and her “Sapphire Blues” sound that craft a unique upbeat view on the world. The cover art is well done and overall I see this EP as a gateway to even greater things from Jennifer Cadence.
Key Tracks- Mr. Universe, Dirt On Your Shoes
Dana Wright-Muzikreviews.com Staff
"Mr. Universe- a fun little flip-off to the fates"
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“Mr. Universe” dashes out with a rattling, fuzzy-covered rhythm, as Jennifer Cadence laments a run o...“Mr. Universe” dashes out with a rattling, fuzzy-covered rhythm, as Jennifer Cadence laments a run of very bad luck. At first, it’s as if she can’t find her way out. “I’ve wasted all of my shooting star wishes,” Cadence surmises before rousing herself for a fun little flip-off to the fates.
“So, Mr. Universe, this is a song that I wrote just for you, as a way of saying thanks for all the stupid little things that you put me through,” the Seattle, Washington-based songwriter sings, “like bad dates, missed planes and silly mistakes you’ve had me make along the way.”
The thoughts tumble out like a clinched-teeth conversation held after a long night of mulling, in perfect sync with the scuffed-up little rock groove Cadence’s band lays down behind her. Yet, and this is interesting, Cadence doesn’t sing with an angry burr; instead, as she ramps up to the song’s soaring middle, there remains a glint of hope. And then a sun-burst of it.
“The way that I see it, you always get the final say,” Cadence sings, “so I’m done fightin’. I’ll just let you lead the way.” As she draws out the word “you,” it’s clear that Cadence has found not just acceptance of life’s cruel happenstance, but a way to use these hard-won lessons to her own benefit.
This swirling complement of chirpy background vocals then couples with a piano’s open-heartedly optimism to send the tune toward its abrupt finale, something that neatly mimics life’s twists and confusing turns. Cadence repeats the chorus’ final line – “this one’s for you” – as “Mr. Universe” crashes to a quick stop. All that’s left is a keyboard plink and a cowbell clank, like turning the lights out at the end of argument that can’t be won.
Cadence has realized, finally, that she really doesn’t need to win them anymore.
Review by Nick DeRiso
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
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Set's last anywhere from twenty five minutes to two hours including both originals and covers.
Mr. Universe (Susie's song)
Fate's a bitch
Dirt on your shoes
Ode to the cheesy love song,
Thing or two
Life of a tree
Sympathy for the Devil- The rolling Stones
Wish you were here- Pink Floyd
Layla- Eric Clapton
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