Jenna Nicholls
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Jenna Nicholls

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"Kate Maslich"

“We, (East Mountain South), were sitting upstairs eating dinner before the show. Suddenly we heard a beautiful voice that soared throughout the building...making its way up to our ears. It was then that we raced downstairs to the stage to catch the rest of her show. We were so glad that we did . Jenna’s voice has the sensiblitly of Ricki Lee Jones yet it is a style all her own. Her range is outstanding. Jenna will obviously have a long and successful career. “
- , lead vocalist, East Mountain South

"Chis Whitley"

“Jenna displays a longing in her lyical themes reminescent of Joni Mitchell, with an Early Americana flair like that of Patty Griffin. Her voice shows an amazing grasp of melody and beautiful jazz-like phrasing. I look forward to hearing of the success that is bound to come her way.”
- singer-songwriter

"Trina Hamlin"

“Brilliant songwritng and an amazing voice!” - singer-songwriter


2008- "Curled Up Toes in Red Mary Janes"
Available at CD baby, itunes, radio.



A native of Pittsbugh, Pennsylvania, Jenna's early career focussed on singing jazz with musicians such as David Budway, (pianist, Regina Carter, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Branford Marsalis.) Paul Thompson, (bass, Maynard Furguson) and Blue Note Artist Jimmy Ponder. In 1999, Jenna began performing solo with her guitar as a singer/songwriter. From that time she has had the privilage to perform with some of music’s most talented artists i.e Chris Whitley, Shayne Fontayne, David Mead, and East Mountain South and Nouvelle Vague.
Stylistically, she pulls from many influences. Loose and open phrasing from the jazz artists of the 30’s and 40’s, unorthodox guitar chords and melody, and early American folk and bluegrass rhythms are all combined into what has now become apart of Jenna’s unique style. She has performed in front of a variety of audinces and venues, including a live NPR broadcast from the University of Virginia in 2003 featuring herself along with one of the region’s most talented folk artists, Brady Earnhart. In 2005 Jenna was selected as a featured artist for the annual Amnesty International Conference. She has received kudos from labels like American Recordings, and Columbia records. She has recently released her newest album "Curled Up Toes in Red Mary Janes" which has been selected as a featured independent Itunes artist recording. Jenna currently resides on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.