Jennifer Quiroz

Jennifer Quiroz

 Los Angeles, California, USA
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An up and coming singer/songwriter whose debut EP "And So I Sing" - released in February at LA's famed Hotel Cafe - mixes the raspy, warmth of John Mayer with the catchy melodies and honest lyrics of Taylor Swift. Her exposure includes "The Ghost Whisperer" and major radio play on Tokyo's JWAVE.

Biography

Jennifer Quiroz writes and sings home-spun pop songs rooted in acoustic melodies and intimate detail. With lyrics like the ember-infused conversations one has with friends by a fireside and melodies as memorable as those moments, Jennifer Quiroz' debut EP And So I Sing is poised for success. With subject matter ranging from developing the faith that everything happens for a reason ("The Greatest Good") and the escape that music offers (the title track "And So I Sing") to the fear of being alone ("The Story"), her catchy songs and soft, raspy voice effuse a healing warmth.

Jennifer started writing when she was 16, but she suffered from paralyzing stage fright that kept her from singing. Two years later, after winning a college talent competition gave her the courage to play a summer residency at a local LA coffeehouse, she still couldn’t shake her fear and gave up performing. It took the traumatic experience of her father being diagnosed with liver cancer to finally infuse her with the strength she needed, as detailed in her song "Crash."

After a two year fight and by a complete miracle, her dad beat all the odds, and in the process, Jennifer herself was also healed. She realized that if she could face what she had been through, she could face anything, and that life was too short not to follow your dreams. With her new-found faith and strength, Jennifer found herself brimming with inspiration, songs, courage and the determination to make it.

Since then, Jennifer has become known for her intimate, conversational, and charming stage presence. With subjects ranging from heartfelt confessions to her custom airbrushed nails, she wins over an audience with a combination of depth and quirkiness. She plays to enthusiastic crowds at LA venues such as The Roxy, Hotel Cafe, The Mint, and Room 5, and has recently started expanding to New York, San Francisco, and college campuses.

In November, Jennifer was chosen by ClearChannel Radio as a New! Discover & Uncover Artist To Watch, resulting in the EP’s opening track, “The Greatest Good,” being featured prominently across the home pages of more than 45 major Hot AC/AC/AAA radio stations, including KBIG/Los Angeles, KOST/Los Angeles, KIOS/San Francisco, KDMX/Dallas and KBCO/Denver. The single has also been heard on TV’s Ghost Whisperer, received major radio airplay on Dave Koz’s Smooth Morning show (JWAVE/Tokyo) and was featured on the nationally syndicated radio shows Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and Fox Sports Radio’s JT The Brick Show.

Other songs off her debut EP have also been gaining attention, The song “Build Me A Bridge” was chosen to be a part of The Alternate Roots 2010 Valentine’s Day compilation, while Triple A guru John Schoenberger featured “Crash” in the Triple A Cool New Music section on the major radio trade site All Access. “Crash” was also the winner of a contest put on by In Search Of A Song radio show, a nationally syndicated radio show featuring singer/songwriters. With various music blogs (The FrontLoader, The Round Table, You Tell Concerts, BestNewBands.com) and local press (NBC LA) starting to notice Jennifer’s music, her star is certainly on the rise.

Lyrics

The Greatest Good

Written By: Jennifer Quiroz

Holding on and holding in
Nothing seems to matter when you’re
Broken up, broken in
Torn apart sitting waiting
Waiting for the day to come
When love will always be what you call home

Scrutinizing your whole life
Questioning the how’s and why’s
The do’s and don’ts, the lies you buy
That keep you from your alibi
Holding on and holding in
But nothing seems to be working

You’re painfully waiting
To see the good that lies within this time
I know it will show
To be the greatest good within your life
In time

Cut it out and coming through
Holding tightly onto clues
You feel a presence rising up
Saying enough is enough
Watching so intuitive
What is going on within

Fluctuate from doubt and knowing
But you just, you keep on going
There is something realer than
All that is on the surface
Cut it out and coming through
Getting closer to You

You’re purposely waiting
To see the good that lies within this time
I know it will show
To be the greatest good within your life
In time

After the storm
It’s always so beautiful
From the grey forms birth a blue full
And like light from the dark
And with Winter Summer and Fall
Springs the difference you need
To know who you are

You’re patiently waiting
To see the good that lies within this time
I know it will show
To be the greatest good within

You’re patiently waiting
To see the good that lies within this time
I know it will show
To be the greatest good within your life
In time

Crash

Written By: Jennifer Quiroz

I drop down with stumps for knees and beg you please
Please would you deliver me from all that’s collapsing
It’s so surreal what’s happening, I can’t grip my feet
And I fall

Down into my father’s arms I settle bitter sweet
Knowing that the heart I’m feeling could be leaving
Broken down at his feet
Sobbing uncontrollably
My heart is torn right from its strings
And I fall

Crash
The whole world’s falling down
Falling faster to the ground
But everything I lost I found
Crash
That was the sound
But everything’s so different now
Cause everything I lost I found

Stuck with an emotion that I birthed but can’t let go
Stuck between more love and pain than I have ever known
Slumped onto the floor, one with the earth, yet so far gone
And I fall

So sick that I feel like throwing up might help the pain
So empty that I try, but there is nothing there
Or am I so present then
So full in the moment
So alive and gut wrenching
That I fall

Crash
The whole world’s falling down
Falling faster to the ground
But everything I lost I found
Crash
That was the sound
But everything’s so different now
Cause everything I lost I found
When I came back to you

Bit by bit I knew I could do it
Step by step the pieces are lining
Up to be the greatest whole inside

Like a phoenix rising from the flames
Torn down to be built back up again
I have walked through fire and I’m here to tell
Yes, everything is so different now

The Story

Written By: Jennifer Quiroz

I used to fall so easy
I used to fall so fast
I used to give someone a story
At first glance

I didn’t see who they were
I just saw a mask
I handmade from good intentions
And broken glass

But isn’t that how the story goes?
I find myself
In boys I don’t know
Just so I won’t be alone
I lose myself
By not letting go

I used to give so easy
I used to give so fast
I used to just hand myself over
In a flash

I didn’t know who I was
And he just made a pass
So I put him in the empty places
Sad girls have

Isn’t that how the story goes?
I find myself
In boys I don’t know
Just so I won’t be alone
I lose myself
By not letting go

I swung the ball to the other side
But now I’m so closed off it’s like, a part of me has died
It’s been so many years now
I forgot what it was like
To be in someone else’s arms
Late at night

Isn’t that how the story goes?
I find myself

In boys I don’t know
And even when I’m alone
I lose myself
By not letting go

Heaven

Written By: Jennifer Quiroz

I went to your funeral on Friday
I chased you out the door as you left
I felt the need to ask so many questions
Despite that you had run out of breath

Like where do you go when you’re in heaven?
How do I find the sun when it’s night?
Where do you go when you’re in heaven?
How do I find you when I have arrived?

I hope I get to see you again one day
But how do I find something out of sight?
Because I hope to see you again one day
How do I make sure I get this right?

So where do you go when you’re in heaven?
How do I find the sun when it’s night?
Where do you go when you’re in heaven?
And how do I find you when I have arrived?

Like whispers in my ear so sweetly
Like hands brushing up against my hair
Even though I couldn’t really hear you
I swore you said you’d always be there

I don’t know where you go when you’re in heaven
I don’t know how to find the sun at night
I don’t know where you go when you’re in heaven
But somehow I know this isn’t good bye
Yeah, somehow I know this isn’t good bye

And So I Sing

Written By: Jennifer Quiroz

Driving on this road for years
Faster than my fear
Life is clouded by the ruts
But the music’s loud and clear

So I hold that kerosene lamp high in the air
And I keep on thinking
Where did I go?
And where do I go from here?

And so I sing
When the light is low
When the darkness shows
I sing so I can let that feeling go

So I turn that volume knob so loud
That I drown out all the sound
And keep on keepin’ on
Like no one else is around

And I hold that kerosene lamp high in the air
And I keep on singing
Where did I go?
And where do I go from here?

And so I sing
When the light is low
When the darkness shows
I sing so I can let that feeling go

Every time I get down
And every time it comes around
I pick up my guitar and start to play
And suddenly I’m taken far away

When the light is low
And the darkness shows
I sing so I can let that feeling go

Yeah, when the light is low
And the darkness shows
I sing so I can let that feeling go
Yeah, I can let that feeling go

Build Me A Bridge

Written By: Jennifer Quiroz, Robert Leh, Roland Vega, Cynthyny Lebo

I don’t have the guts to ask you
Have you ever felt something for me?
I’ve done everything to blow it
I don’t know how I didn’t see

I tried to hide
By telling you about those other guys
I tried to deny
What was going on inside

Build me a bridge
Over the scars
Blocking the road to wherever you are
I’m so closed off I don’t know where to start
Build me a bridge to your heart
Build me a bridge to your heart

I’ve never known somebody’s heart before
I fell for guys who always seemed to leave
I’ve never knew my whole truth before
You’re teaching me that I can believe

I tried to find
All the reasons why it wasn’t right
Now I realize
What was going on inside

Build me a bridge
Over the scars
Blocking the road to wherever you are
I’m so closed off I don’t know where to start
Build me a bridge to your heart
Build me a bridge to your heart

Build me a bridge
Over the scars
Blocking the road to wherever you are
I’m so closed off I don’t know where to start
Build me a bridge to your heart
Build me a bridge to your heart
Build me a bridge, build me a bridge to my heart

Discography

"And So I Sing" EP Released February 2010

Set List

Typical set list is 45 minutes - 1 hour. Includes originals and covers. Covers are changed often to stay current.

Covers include:
1. The Climb - Miley Cyrus
2. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
3. Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
4. Thinking Of You - Katy Perry
5. Rehab - Rihanna
6. Keep On Dreaming Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Will Hoge

Originals include:
1. And So I Sing
2. Crash
3. The Story
4. Heaven
5. Bulid Me A Bridge
6. The Greatest Good
7. Dreams Come True
8. I've Never Been In Love
9. Say
10. Make Me A Lamp
11. Walls
12. Anymore