Jennie Laws

Jennie Laws

BandPopSoul

"I hear a delicate sensuality with every heartfelt melodic choice Jennie Laws makes in her vocal performances. I love this girl's voice. The songwriting and production is honest and unpretentious. A homage to the glory days of soul music." Eric Benet

Biography

With distinctive and dynamic vocal artistry, unique and original songwriting skills and wide range of influences and inspirations, Jennie Laws has emerged as a beautiful and brilliantly talented new arrival on the cutting edge of today's music.

Yet for all her extraordinary gifts, the Toronto-born singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist is perhaps most notable for her ability to bring it all together in one accessible and appealing package. Small wonder word of mouth has been spreading steadily since Jennie Laws first began recording and performing, both in her hometown and for a growing fan base from New York to Los Angeles and beyond.

It's a buzz that's about to grow a lot louder with the release of her debut EP. Featuring such Laws originals as "Heavenly", "I Just Wanna Be Close To You", "So Deep" and "My Soul",? it's a collection that effortlessly spans musical genres while at the same time laying claim to a style that is wholly and completely her own. Mixing contemporary urban grooves with folk-flavored nuances and jazz-tinged flourishes, Jennie Laws has fashioned an alluring soundscape that draws on a lifetime of music making and points to a promising future for this passionate and polished young artist.

'It took me a while to realize that the music going around in my head ever since I can remember was there for a reason," says Jennie. "As much as it is about entertaining people, it's also about creating positive energy and spreading love. There's a purpose to what I do and that's the most important element of the songs I write and sing."

It's a purpose to which Jennie has been wholeheartedly committed ever since she can remember. "Music has always been there,"? she explains. "Some of my first toys were musical instruments and although I experimented with acting and dancing and athletics, by the time I got into my teens I realized that music had a special place in my life."?

It did indeed and with characteristic determination, Jennie pursued it wholeheartedly, joining a series of singing groups, studying classical guitar and, at age sixteen, recording early originals on a four-track machine. "My influences are literally too numerous to mention,"? she laughs. "It begins with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Louis Armstrong and then carried on to artists like George Michael and Michael Jackson. By the time I got to college, it was like I was carrying a musical encyclopedia around in my head; everyone from Duke Ellington and Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder. I've also always admired artists like Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper and Lenny Kravtiz for the way in which they were able to build a solid base, one fan at a time."?

It was at the Southwestern School for Musical Vocations in Iowa where Jennie plunged into an intensive study regimen that included courses in arranging and conducting as well as ample opportunities to perform with fellow students. "I toured with school jazz vocal and instrumental groups,"? she remembers, "and in between I was getting a great classical education. But the most important lesson I learned at the time was to never settle, to always strive to make the most beautiful music I possibly can without letting the ego get in the way."

It was a realization that she would carry with her into the next stage of her musical apprenticeship, when she received a full scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee School of Music. "It all came together there,"? she continues. "My natural inclination was toward a very earthy, gypsy style, which got filtered through the World Music, I was exposed to Latin, Indian and African as well as hip-hop and R&B and even some classical influences like Ravel and Debussy." ? Jennie absorbed it all and, in the process, began to fashion a sound that, while mixing and matching a broad range of approaches, was still unmistakably her own.

The result is Jennie Laws' stunning debut EP. Showcasing her evocative and emotionally resonant singing and songwriting, the collection also boasts a impressive roster of supporting talent, including engineering by, among others, Grammy-winner Ari Raskin, and Juno-winner L. Stu Young.

Through it all, Jennie Laws had maintained her belief that music can bring wholeness and healing to the world. "My goal is simple,"? she concludes: "To make the best music I can." It's a goal she's reached and exceeds on her debut EP.

Lyrics

I Just Wanna Be Close To You

Written By: Jennie Laws

Can’t help how I feel
No matter how hard I try to let this thing go
Whenever you’re near
I don’t know what to say

I keep tryin’ to tell myself
That I don’t need to dwell on ya
But when you show up at my door
My heart won’t hear my mind
‘cuz I…

I Just Wanna Be Close To You
Wrap my arms around ya and kiss ya all over
I Just Wanna Be Close To You
But I can’t have you

Whenever you call
I try to stay cool, I know we’re just friends
But I can’t deny
My head is in the clouds

I’m glad that we can be friends
So please don’t get me wrong, but I
Can’t help it when you’re around
All thoughts just disappear
‘cuz I…

I Just Wanna Be Close To You
Wrap my arms around ya and kiss ya all over
I Just Wanna Be Close To You
But I can’t have you

Just like a mirage
You seem so close and real
And then I find that you’re not there
Always on mind
What am I supposed to do?
When I…

I Just Wanna Be Close To You
Wrap my arms around ya and kiss ya all over
I Just Wanna Be Close To You
But I can’t have you
But I can’t have…you

Heavenly

Written By: Jennie Laws

You are Heavenly
Heavenly
Heavenly
You are meant for me
Meant for me
It’s Crazy

I could be tired, and you’ll rub my feet
I could be hungry, and you’ll cook me a treat
I could be sad, and you’ll make me smile : )
To find another like you may take a while

And the sky turns blue
Even if it’s raining outside
When I’m with you
I can’t believe it

You are Heavenly
Heavenly
Heavenly
You are meant for me
Meant for me
It’s Crazy

I find it hard not to cling to you
You make me wanna sing to you
You transcend earthly desire
Don’t wanna pin you down baby, you’re a shooting star

And the sky turns blue
Even if it’s raining outside
When I’m with you
I can’t believe it

You are Heavenly
Heavenly
Heavenly
You are meant for me
Meant for me
It’s Crazy

Whoah, My Love
I can’t believe it’s me you’re dreaming of
Whoah, My Dear
Sometimes you just don’t seem real

You are Heavenly
Heavenly
Heavenly
You are meant for me
Meant for me
It’s Crazy (3x)

Cuz You’re My Angel…

My Soul

Written By: Jennie Laws

There’s a force that lurks inside of me
It’s clamoring in My Soul
Only wanting to be pure and free
And never growing old

Oh, it’s got me, it’s got me,
My Soul
Oh, it’s got me, it’s got me
My Soul

There’s a voice inside that wants to speak
But sometimes I do not hear
Time has tried so hard to make me think
The Truth and Light I should fear

Oh, it’s got me, it’s got me,
My Soul
Oh, it’s got me, it’s got me
My Soul

La la la la
My Soul
La la la la,
La la la la
My Soul
La la la la (etc.)

Oh, it’s got me, it’s got me,
My Soul
Oh, it’s got me, it’s got me
My Soul

You Choose featuring Chris Rouse

Written By: Jennie Laws

That’s How You Choose to Be
You don’t wanna be happy
That’s How You Choose to Be
You don’t wanna be happy

Lemme tell ya
The way that you’re livin’
Doesn’t have to be the way it’s goin’
You just wanna be mis’rable
Thinkin’ that love is conditional

Chris: But I hate my job
Jennie: Why you in it then?
Chris: And my girl’s done gone
Jennie: It must’ve happened for a reason
Chris: And I feel like shit
Jennie: Your body wants ya to take care of it
Chris: But that’s not it!
Jennie: Come on! You know you’re blessed!

That’s How You Choose to Be
You don’t wanna be happy
That’s How You Choose to Be
You don’t wanna be happy

Happiness
Ain’t the house that you’re livin’ in
It ain’t the car that you’re drivin’
It ain’t anythin’ outside of you
It’s inside you, it’s true

Chris: But I hate my job
Jennie: Why you in it then?
Chris: And my girl’s done gone
Jennie: It must’ve happened for a reason
Chris: And I feel like shit
Jennie: Your body wants ya to take care of it
Chris: But that’s not it!
Jennie: Come on! You know you’re blessed!

That’s How You Choose to Be
You don’t wanna be happy
That’s How You Choose to Be
You don’t wanna be happy

I realize that it’s hard sometimes
To see the bright side of things
But even the bad is there to teach us
To make me a better person,
Bring me closer to God

That’s How You Choose to Be
You don’t wanna be happy
That’s How You Choose to Be
You don’t wanna be happy

Space

Written By: Jennie Laws

Doo doo doo doo…

Nothing can soothe the way I feel
I’m so confused
So much to lose, don’t know what’s real
I’ve got to choose

I’m just not ready to close every door
Open for me
I’m still unsteady, still longing for more
Tastes of the sea

Doo doo doo doo…

What happened to the days when we were
Best of friends too
Blinded by fear, you held me tighter
Now who are you?

Don’t get me wrong, babe, you still have my heart
Nothing can change that
But there comes a time when we just have to part
So we can get back

Doo doo doo doo…

When you let go
Things just flow
To ya

Doo doo doo doo…

If we’re meant to be
Then I believe
We’ll be

Doo doo doo doo…

I’m not asking you to wait
I’m just saying have some faith
If true love really is our fate
I think I need some Space
Some Space
Some Space

So Deep

Written By: Jennie Laws

(si profond
il ny'a aucune mot a decrire
mais j'essaie encore
c'est si profond)

So Deep...

it's a dream
never to wake out of
and I'm thankful for the day
that I found you
it's a path
that I'm finally sure of
and I'll never lose my way
now that I've got you
I thought you should know
I'm so in love with you

So Deep...

when I'm down
don't even have to tell you
cuz you always know if I'm low
and I'm hurtin'
yes, I've found
the one that I was joined to
when souls were once combined
in the beginnin'
your my twin soul
I'm so in love with you

So Deep...

(oui, c'est si profond
comme le coeur d'une galaxie
je voudrais bien l'expliquer mais, c'est impossible
c'est just trop profond)

So Deep...

Deep

Discography

2008:

"Introducing Jennie Laws" EP
Jennie Laws
Cartouche Music/Down 2 Earth Music

Set List

Last show was approximately one hour long, and the setlist was:

Don't Needa Be Rich
My Soul
I Just Wanna Be Close To You
Heavenly
Space
So Deep
Sweetest Taboo (Sade)
When You Love Someone
Done With Love
You Choose