Jennifer Friedman

Jennifer Friedman

 Denver, Colorado, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Contemporary acoustic folk by a phenomenal female vocalist in the great tradition of songwriting with a conscience.

Biography

Jennifer is no stranger to the spotlight or big audiences, having developed in the rich artistic culture just outside of Chicago. As a teenager, she performed in front of thousands singing the American & Canadian National Anthems
for the Peoria Chiefs baseball team and Peoria Rivermen hockey team. Now living in Colorado, Jennifer stands out as the up & coming acoustic musician in the New Thought Spiritual Movement. A combination of outstanding vocal work, reflective lyrics, and beautiful melodies
highlighted by intricate guitar playing, have earned Jen a place on the must hear lists of folk fans and socially conscious people alike. Jennifer released her debut album, You are Creation in October 2005 and she received an
Honorable Mention award in the 2006 Peacedriven Songwriting Contest for her songs No more parades, Words,
and Choices. Selections from her album are being played on the Colorado Wave and Inland Folk, both syndicated
radio programs aired throughout the Mountain West. Jennifer has studied songwriting and performance technique
with important artists Holly Near, Peter Mayer, Vance Gilbert, and Dr. Isaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock fame.
Jennifer released her second album Soulful Warrior in August 2008 and has received airplay on public radio
stations throughout Colorado and the West. The album was produced by Cary Morin of The Atoll and recorded at
GP Productions in Longmont, Colorado. Jennifer can be heard singing back-up on award winning Minnesota folk
artist, Lisa Kanes, fourth album Armstrong Avenue and on Colorado rock band, Wasabis album The Border.
Jennifer has performed at coffeehouses, clubs, and festivals up and down the Colorado Front Range for many years,
moving audiences with her beautifully clear, melodic voice and passionate performance. In 2007, she added 3
national tours to her credit and extended her experience to include the role of workshop leader and travelling lay
minister at churches and festivals around the country. It is not uncommon to find audience members struck silent
in a room filled with Jennifers voice or moved to tears during a show. Jennifer enjoys this connection with her
audience and is known for her unguarded sincerity. When not on the road, Jen serves on the music team for the
Unity Center of Longmont, is a board member and musician for Dances of Universal Peace and host of a popular
Songwriters in the Round series. She supports many progressive organizations with her music by hosting and
playing benefits for groups including the Colorado State Feminist Alliance, Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living
Association, and Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center.

Lyrics

Creation

Written By: Jennifer Friedman

Creation

She walks alone to
the water’s edge,
a silver eagle running
through her hair
and she looks
high above and
she looks far below to
the stars and the moon and
thanks the lord for not
taking her too soon

A cloud above
seems to speak
her fate, the earth below
seems to echo
you are a child of god
you are creation
whithered skin and a
whithered face, but no less
beautiful in your grace

you are a child of god
you are creation

(c) 2003 Jennifer Friedman

Choices

Written By: Jennifer Friedman

Choices

I always knew about the choices
we must make throughout our lives
momma always told me stand tall wrong or right
respect would be given
when earned with time and care
and always respect others and take the time to share
but I never knew about the people
who’d try to take my choice away
they tell me that I don’t have a mind
don’t have a heart
don’t have a simple faith

There’s a hollow voice that shouting
it’s intention on the walls
a dividing line of freedom
just might destroy us all
you’re either with us or against us
it’s either black or its white
you’re either gay or straight
you’re either wrong or you’re right
but I don’t want to make these choices
I don’t want to hide behind that line
I want to live with heart and conscience
with understanding for my fellow man and woman

So we all make these choices to forgive and accept
it’s not a perfect life
but, it’s what we have
if we choose to accept each other
refuse to discriminate
it strengthens the bonds of freedom
no more will to hate
there are no simple choices
that we must make throughout our lives

(c) 2006 Jennifer Friedman

Colorado

Written By: Jennifer Friedman

Colorado

When the trees go to yellow gold
and the sky turns pink
the moon above turns silver grey
these old winds call me home
to the mountains of Colorado
soothe my achin troubled soul
my mind calms in the light
of shadows cast along the canyon walls

and I’m here in Colorado
and I’m happy underneath the stars
I never thought I’d find
this peace of mind
in Colorado, Colorado
Colorado, I’m coming home

The sweet smell of ponderosa pine
butterscotch sap on the bark
signals spring inside my senses
aspen glow on the mountainside
when I wanna do some good ol fashioned dancing
release the tension of the day
guitars sound inside the canyon
dance the call of the beating heart
[Chorus]
The canyon calls my heart to hear
sweet melodies of memories past
since I’ve made my home
in this mountain land
Colorado, Colorado
Colorado I’m coming home

(c) Jennifer Friedman 2006

Left Behind

Written By: Jennifer Friedman

Left Behind

She came and she conquered
with a gust and a flood
the people were left to wonder

Why in this land of compassion
why in this land so divine
are we left behind
are we all left behind

Faces of wonder
stare back from the tv
with quizzical expressions
and odes to their outrage
[Chorus]
There’s too much to gain
for those who always crave more
like scoundrels of conscience
they feed off the poor
homes are being bought up
land is being sold
it’s a wholesale sell-off
of the weak and the old
and I say why, why
[Chorus]
The storm is all gone now
but another game’s at play
the story of a people
who will never be the same
[Chorus]

(c) Jennifer Friedman 2006

Change Comes

Written By: Jennifer Friedman

Change comes
© Jennifer Friedman 2009

We’ve been waiting for so long
like a bird on a tailwind headed for the fall
We’ve been waiting for so long
like a speechless man crying for to sing his song

Oh, but change comes like a seed in the soul
Waiting for spring to sow itself whole
And now that the thaw has come
It’s time to feel the sun again

We’ve been holding in our light
as if it would claim others shine not so bright
We’ve been holding in our light
as if the darkness could keep us all safe inside

Oh, but change comes like a seed in the soul
Waiting for spring to sow itself whole
And now that the thaw has come
It’s time to feel the sun again

We’ve been hoping for change for so long
Repair the damage misunderstanding caused
And now that the thaw has come
It’s time to feel we are one again

Discography

Soulful Warrior - 2008 GP Productions
You Are Creation - 2005 GP Productions

Set List

Jennifer is available for short sets and concerts from under an hour to full length 2 set performances of up to 3 hours. Her original music is witty, intelligent, and timeless, drawing comparisons to Dar Williams, Joan Baez, Holly Near, and Suzanne Vega. Cover material includes songs by John Prine, Fleetwood Mac, Holly Near, Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Nirvana, the Beatles, Shawn Colvin, and many others. Broadway tunes and jazz standards are also a favorite addition to the repertoire. Requested cover songs are welcome for any event or benefit.

Jennifer is also available for speaking and singing engagements where she presents on various topics of social and political importance using her music and message to provide a unique and dynamic program experience for any size group. Her program offerings include the following:

Musical Sermons and Presentations

Singing Our Peace: a Musical Contemplation of Living Peace in our Lives-
Jennifer’s inspiring 35 minute presentation includes dis