jennifer greer

jennifer greer

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

jennifer's music is piano-driven pop that creates pictures: songwriting with heavy melody, soaring vocals, and heavy groove. not just a self-supporter, jennifer runs the Indie Music Collective (IMC) in Cambridge, MA

Biography

Best Pop Unsigned Artist in Verbicide's Unsigned Artist Issue 2008

Winner, Best Adult Alternative album of 2005 from the Muse's Muse.

Finalist: Boston independent music awards.

Winner: WRSI Singer/Songwriter contest 2002

Jennifer Greer’s music is an eclectic mix of pop, jazz, and classical traditions, woven into an emotional and highly rhythmic musical journey. Inspired by personal experience, dreams, the natural world, books, film, and sometimes politics, Jennifer’s songs seek to find a mood and enfold the listener inside it. Her distinctive voice which can soar from earthy and sensual to sweetly lush is showcased in her new album “the Apiary,” which critics are calling “stunning.” A true instrumentalist, she explores a wide range of mood and sound, playing the piano with an imagination rarely found in pop or folk today. As a performer, she exudes a passion and joy that is tangible, shameless, and direct.
Jennifer is a New York City native who began writing songs on the piano and singing at the age of eight, then soon after turned to writing poetry. Throughout most of her life she considered poetry her primary art form, had published in journals, and compiled a first book. When she was 25, she took up piano again, first as a solo composer, then two years later incorporating lyrics -- and her songwriting career began. Her moving vocals and innovative piano style were quickly noticed, and within months after her first appearances she was playing at the Towne Crier in Pawling, N.Y., (wining their open-mic competition) and was a regular at the Dark Star Lounge in NYC.
After playing solo throughout New York during 1998, Jennifer moved to Northampton, Mass., in the fall of 1999 and began working with bassist Damian Watson and drummer Brian Peltier to form the Jennifer Greer Trio. Playing in coffeehouses, clubs and colleges throughout the Northeast, she went on to win the WRSI singer-songwriter contest in 2001. Her debut CD “Jewel Machine” was featured in the December 2003 issue of the national magazine, Performing Songwriter, as one of the best independent releases of 2002. The album is a mix of funky blues, up-beat pop and intimate ballads and features live tracks supported only by percussion.
After a few years of living and working in the Pioneer Valley, writing music and hiking in the woods, Jennifer had written a great deal, and knew it was time to get back in the studio. Having made friends with talented bass player Thomson Kneeland of Kakalla, she was introduced to Warren Amerman, engineer and owner of Rotary Records. Though Warren specializes in recording jazz, his purity of vision, excellence, and enthusiasm to make a great record made him the right choice, leaving Jennifer free-reign to express her sonic vision. The result is “the Apiary” a gorgeous, vocally lush album of energetic pop/jazz, including several haunting solo pieces recorded at Signature Sounds; Jennifer’s gift for winning the WRSI contest.

Lyrics

Never

Written By: Jennifer Greer

Never

Going down that summer road. Turn the corner and you’ll see:
I aint, I aint, the girl you used to think I ought to be.

Chorus: I know you’ve got something I’ll never have,
I know you’ve got something I will never, never.

See you in that summer day: a little star with tiny stars all around you.
And the ocean’s at your door.

Chorus

And I’ll comfort you, and I’ll take you there, I’ll take you there.

Midnight train is falling through. Midnight voices falling through.
But you’re the one who said goodbye.

Chorus

Walking Home to You

Written By: Jennifer Greer

Walking Home to You

When you and I are walking down the street I said, honey you never miss a beat. You got so many stars in your eyes you got me, d-d-d-dazzled.

I may only have been 17, but I guess I was climbing ladders.
You may only have been 55, but it didn’t really matter.

Chorus: And if today it will rain, and if today it will rain,
Oh well my my love will remain, oh well my love will remain.
I wanna be, walking home to you. Walking home to you.

You seem to be slightly more than human. You got so many stars in your eyes, you got the stars themselves dazzled. You are my absent-minded philosopher.

Chorus

My what we did and oh where we would go. Come to me lightly like a… memory.
Oh those Texas flowers in that Texas sand. We were walking there.

Chorus

Honey Bee

Written By: Jennifer Greer

Honey Bee

Saturday, what’s it gonna be when you walk again?
You walk, you walk, you walk.
Saturday, what’s it gonna be when you walk again?
You walk, you walk, you walk.

Chorus: And in the hive the bees are making honey.
You’ll walk, you’ll walk, you’ll walk.
And in the hive the bees are making honey.
You’ll walk again, you’ll walk again, you’ll walk again.

You’re leaving town, being beckoned by another one, oh,
You roam, you roam again. You’re running, you’re running again.

Chorus

And along the way you may be crawlin, well,
And along the way you may be crawlin’. Do it again and again.

Mother what would it be if you say today, I don’t need this empire of pain.
Mother what would it be if you say, Everyday I don’t need this empire of pain, everyday I don’t need this empire of pain.

Chorus

Pull Me

Written By: Jennifer Greer

Pull Me
by Jennifer Greer

“Don’t cross the line. Don’t cross over to this side”, he said.
But I see it’s time. To step towards you, but you’re walking down another line.

Pull me out of, pull me out of, pull me out of love.
Pull me out of, pull me out of, pull me out of love.
Pull me out of love. Moon, won’t you, moon, won’t you.

You are the one I’ve waited for. I’m so tired of explaining this to everyone.
I feel the gods and goddesses, nod their heads yes.

Pull me out of, pull me out of, pull me out of love.
Pull me out of, pull me out of, pull me out of love.
Pull me out of love. Moon, won’t you, moon, won’t you.

And maybe there’s no way.
And maybe there’s no way, to get you to the other side,
and maybe there’s no way.
But my heart is a river and the stones spell your name.
My heart is a river and the stones spell you’re name.

I try, I try. To live the questions, everyday.
I speak to the stars in the night.
The clouds see through my heart.

Pull me out of, pull me out of, pull me out of love.
Pull me out of, pull me out of, pull me out of love.
Pull me out of love. Moon, won’t you, moon, won’t you.

Discography

1. Jewel Machine (2002)

2. the Apiary (2005)

3. Fistful of Stars (2009)

Set List

we can accommodate the venue and the gig.

Invited
Honey Bee
Walking Home
Never
Darkling
Origami Birds
Woodsy Kind of Girl
Out on the Hillside
Lost in this Parade
Euridice
For T.
Sattelite
Downtown Song
A Beautiful Face
Stupid People Lost in Eden
Geryon