Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

"Jen Woodhouse effortlessly plucks the guitar while serving up lyrics, melodies, and commanding vocal performances that engage you with the intimacy of a front row performance at a small cafe with her stadium-filling talent." - The Muse's Muse

Biography

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

* Licensed music to Starbucks, The MTV Movie Awards, The Real World, The Hills, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, United Way, DirecTV, Nashville Predators, and more.

* Independently released 2 albums and tours rigorously in support of them, playing 200+ shows/year in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

* Endorsed by Yamaha and Ovation.

* Spearheaded a month-long environmental tour spanning the US & Canada, securing sponsorships by Sierra Club, The Arbor Day Foundation, and U-Haul.

* Showcased at several high-profile music festivals including Austin's SXSW, Atlanta's Atlantis, Toronto's Indie Week, among others.

ABOUT JEN WOODHOUSE:

While other little girls dreamt of being princess brides, mermaids, or fairies, Jen Woodhouse performed in her parents' living room in front of a captivated audience made up of her two younger sisters, various stuffed animals, and Barbie dolls. Whether she was performing in ballet and piano recitals, or just hula dancing for the neighbors, it was apparent at a very early age that Jen was a born entertainer. Since her sold out living room concerts, Jen continues to mesmerize audiences across the globe.

Woodhouse's music has been licensed to various commercials and television shows, including Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Hills, Road Rules, The Real World, Starbucks, Bad Girls Club, and more. Her music can most recently be heard on Auction Packed on the National Geographic channel.

A Nashville transplant, Woodhouse has been ceaselessly touring and promoting her highly anticipated album, "The Shaping & Shifting of Objects & Sound." Quickly garnering tremendous word-of-mouth support, Woodhouse's sophomore album follows on the heels of her critically acclaimed debut, "This Honest Age."

A collection of cleverly spun tales of realism that relate to the many sides of the persona, "The Shaping & Shifting of Objects & Sound" has many highlights, including the hooky, energetic pop gem, "Rearview," the moody, ethereal piano-driven, "Gravity," and the territorial, rollicking, tongue-in-cheek "Vicious.? "Impossible", one of the album?s standout tracks, combines tripped-out guitars with a quirky Imogen Heap-tinged keyboard groove. Live instruments (piano, drums and bass) mingle with electronic elements while Woodhouse's voice is powerful yet heart-wrenchingly sincere.

Woodhouse masters the delicate balance between strength and vulnerability. These intensely emotional songs bind the elements of self-sacrifice, redemption, and the constant redefining of identity.

The incalculable range found in Woodhouse'?s music should be of no surprise, considering her traveling forays into different countries and cultures. Born into a military family, Woodhouse divided her childhood in Texas, the Philippines, Alabama, Germany, Philadelphia, and Chicago. Her diverse upbringing clearly influences the music she makes today.

In addition to her rigorous touring schedule, Woodhouse was invited to perform at several high-profile music festivals, including Austin's biggest music event, SXSW, Toronto's Indie Week Festival and Atlanta's Atlantis Music Conference. She spearheaded The Green Light Tour, a month-long international tour spanning 22 cities in the US & Canada, in promotion of her new album and to raise awareness about climate change. Teaming up with various environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club and Arbor Day Foundation, Woodhouse and two fellow singer/songwriters planted a tree in every city they stopped in, as well as raffled off 'enviro-prizes' to audience members, to help offset their carbon footprint.

Woodhouse continues to tour extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. After a 7-month long tour in Vietnam and Korea, Jen returned to Asia, this time to Japan for 3 months. She has recently returned Stateside and is back in Nashville writing and recording material for her 3rd album.

Woodhouse is endorsed by Ovation Guitars and Yamaha Keyboards and Pianos.

Lyrics

Gravity

Written By: Jen Woodhouse Music / ASCAP

Can I be your safe house?
Will you be my safety net?
Tell me, how far can we fly till we hit the ground?
When does the vision blur,
And do the lights go out?
Tell me, does the music stop playing to silent sound?

"Hey, it's been lovely," he says to me eloquently.
Why does this scene seem to always play out?

Well, I'm not gonna fake this,
No, I'm not gonna say I'm okay,
I'm taking charge and I'm changing your ways.
Open the floodgates,
Let your storm wash over me--
Will you alter my reality?

He's in this heart again,
Circling around again--
I thought I pushed you away
And told you to leave.
Or did I get that wrong,
And was it just a dream?
Tell me, did you see yourself out of my grief?

There must be something I've been missing all this time.
When can I finally say 'I found my way home'?
I'm done playing the victim,
I've thrown myself away,
I'm through reading you over
And I'm turning the page.
Open the floodgates,
Let your storm wash over me--
Will you alter my reality?

I'll let you hold me down
Until I can't breathe,
So that I may fall into your gravity.

Can I be your safe house?
Will you be my safety net?
Tell me, how far can we fly till we hit the ground?

Rearview

Written By: Jen Woodhouse Music / ASCAP

Saturday morning, 11 a.m.,
I'm out on the road again.
You're starting to wonder does this drive ever end--
It's something that I defend.
Easy to say, not easy to do
When it comes down to you.

You are the one I have to leave,
But you are the one I come home to.
You are the one I hate to see
In the rearview.

The road is relentless from city to city,
A different place but the same old thing.
A concrete horizon I'm constantly chasing,
The sky is the only thing that's changed.

You are the one I have to leave,
But you are the one I come home to.
You are the one I hate to see
In the rearview.

One day we'll be walking,
You'll try to understand,
One day this will all make sense in the end.

All of the doubting,
All the ways out,
All of the forced goodbyes,
You don't see the reason
I have to keep leaving,
Your heart is asking why.

But you are the one who knows where I stand,
Who sees who I've become.
You are the one I finally can
Stop running from.
You are the one I hold onto
As I'm coming down the avenue,
You are the one I hate to see
In the rearview.

Impossible

Written By: Jen Woodhouse Music / ASCAP

And I take another breath,
I ain't taking any less
And I brace myself for something great...

Why are we impossible?
I wanna make amends
And turn this car around
And be with you once again,
But I know you need the last word,
I know that you have been hurt,
But at times you miss out on the graces of our love,
'Cause you think you're not enough--
Well, I'm here to tell you more,
That I've never loved so hard before.

Take a chance and let the reins go,
Make a choice and bet it all now.
Trust me, Dear, I'm in this with you,
I've got everything to lose.

And I'm flying through the sky,
I'm trying to be brave,
You've got me on the line
And you've blown me away.
I'm flying through the sky,
And I'm trying to be brave,
You've got me on the line
And you've blown me away,
Yes, you've blown me away.

And you got me on the line
And you took me for a ride,
But I knew it all the while.
But I had to know my heart is worth the taking,
Yes, I know that my heart is worth the taking,
So I gave and I gave and I gave it all for you.

Nobody knows me like you do,
You could hijack the moon,
But I'd still be right here with you,
'Cause nobody loves without the fear,
You could burn out the sun,
But our days still won't disappear.

So I take another breath,
I ain't taking any less
And I brace myself for something great...

And I'm flying through the sky,
I'm trying to be brave,
You've got me on the line
And you've blown me away.
I'm flying through the sky,
And I'm trying to be brave,
You've got me on the line
And you've blown me away,
Yes, you've blown me away.

And I take another breath,
I ain't taking any less
And I brace myself for something great...

And it came.

Hello Beautiful

Written By: Jen Woodhouse Music / ASCAP

She is standing on the edge of the world,
She is hoping that you'll visit her.
Come closer to the one you used to be,
But you won't go,
You're afraid of what you'll see,
But she says...

Hello Beautiful,
I'm glad that you came.
Hello Beautiful,
I'm slipping away.
Hello Beautiful,
I hope that you stay.
Hello Beautiful.

She watched a bird fly her past her room,
Against the world, against the moon.
She knows it will come fast,
She knows it will come soon
In a song from the throat the loon,
But she says...

Hello Beautiful,
I'm drifting away.
Hello Beautiful,
I know that you stayed.
Hello Beautiful,
I'm slipping away.
Hello Beautiful.

The summer's past,
It's grown so cold.
She's home at last,
At least I'm told.
In darkness, I hear her call
And she's with me when the rain falls,
Saying...

Hello Beautiful,
I know that you stayed.
Hello Beautiful,
I'm happy today.
Hello Beautiful,
No need to explain.
Hello Beautiful.

All She Can Do

Written By: Jen Woodhouse Music / ASCAP

She's on her hands and knees,
Searching under bathroom stalls.
Can you fill her need?
Wondering where she went wrong.
And you and your oblivious male point of view,
So unaware of all the wars that she's put through.

You're wondering why she cries,
And you're turning your hands up to the sky,
Telling yourself it's not about you--
It's all you can do.

She's pouring out again,
Cursing the ripe, red rain.
Crimson misery, it comes on like a hurricane.
And you and your empty words of comfort to guide her,
Will never learn the storms that rage inside her.

You're wondering why she cries,
And you're throwing your hands up to the sky,
Telling yourself it's not about you--
It's all you can do.

She is twisting and turning,
And placing her beliefs in you and not in the clock tower.
3 a.m., your shadow grows tall, tall, tall,
Against a stranger's wall.

And you're wondering why she cries,
And you're throwing your hands up to the sky,
Telling yourself it's not about you--
It's all you can do.

Well, I know someone lives here,
'Cause the stuff moves around--
The shaping and shifting of objects and sound.
Yeah, I know someone lives here,
Is she beneath ground?
But I know she is breathing!
I know!

And she's wondering why she ever tried,
And she's turning her back to your lies,
Telling herself she's okay without you--
It's all she can do.

Something I Understand

Written By: Jen Woodhouse Music / ASCAP

What's this you say?
You've come to your senses?
You've come to take what's passed you by?
I'm shaken by change,
And I'm so afraid to mention
That I might just choose to live the lie.

I'm finally faced with what I've wanted for so long,
But I'm too jaded,
And you're all wrong.
How did this happen?
I've messed up this Muse--
You're not supposed to want me,
And I'm not supposed to refuse.

Discard the dream,
Sew up the seams.
If it's between you and the art,
Some things weren't meant to be had--
This is something I understand.

You are more beautiful that I remember,
And my insides cry out for you.
A year moves by,
It's the last of November,
Can't seem to forget,
So I light the candle too.

Discard the dream,
Sew up the seams.
If it's between you and the art,
Some things weren't meant to be had--
This is something I understand.

I run into your ghost,
Like the ocean meets the tide,
And I've never wanted anything
So much in my whole life.
But I give it all back to you,
Brace myself against the night.
This is gonna hurt like hell,
Shut my eyes,
Hold on tight.

Discard the dream,
Sew up the seams.
If it's between you and the art,
Some things weren't meant to be had--
This is something I understand.

Vicious

Written By: Jen Woodhouse / ASCAP

Well I don't know what you tell yourself to help you sleep so well at night,
But we all know that the truth is hiding somewhere in the back of your mind.
And I don't know if you'll ever bring yourself towards the light,
But I really don't care how you end up,
Just put up a damn good fight.

Bring it on, bring it on girl,
Throw the first stone--
You better be ready.
Give it on up,
The gloves are off,
I'm gonna show you the meaning of Vicious.

She recites the lie so many times it begins to blur the lines,
No matter how you cut it,
You will never be right (never be right).
No doubt I see you've misunderstood the necessity of this motherhood,
Evading obligation ain't doin' nobody no good.

Bring it on, bring it on girl,
Throw the first stone--
You're gonna be sorry.
Give it on up,
The gloves are off,
I'm gonna show you the meaning of Vicious.

Don't think that I don't have it in me, no, no, no,
Don't think that I will shrink away.
So sorry but you are sadly mistaken,
For you are overdue and I have underpaid.

You know the real tragedy in all of this ain't me, ain't you, it's them.
While you're throwing punches in the air
I'm trying to fill the void of what's not there,
What's never been there.

Bring it on, bring it on girl,
Throw the first stone--
You're gonna be sorry.
Give it on up,
The gloves are off,
I'm gonna show you the meaning of Vicious.

Through This Fire

Written By: Jen Woodhouse

THROUGH THIS FIRE
Words & music by Jen Woodhouse (c) 2009 / ASCAP

I’m walking away into a new day in my life
I’m not looking back, I’m paving my path to what’s right
I’ll gather my faith, try hard to be brave and blameless
Pluck up the nerve, take what I deserve, be shameless

Talk is cheap, just ignore it
You better believe I’m better for it

Chorus
I’m out on my own, I’ve been gone for miles and miles now
Standing alone, I’m learning how to dream out loud
To carry me through this fire
I fly higher

Burned all of my bridges, tore down all the walls that you built
There’s no turning back, I seal every crack in my will
Look up to the sky, say my last goodbyes to your games
Destroyed every piece of me that carried your name

Talk is cheap, just ignore it
You better believe I’m better for it

Chorus
See, I’ve been gone for miles and miles now
I soldier on, I’ve learned how to dream out loud
To carry me through this fire
I fly higher and higher and higher and higher…

I’ve swallowed the burden of your lies
Followed you through the darkest night
I needed to fall so I can fly (through this fire)

Chorus
See, I’ve been gone for miles and miles now
I soldier on, I’ve learned how to dream out loud
To carry me through this fire
I fly higher and higher and higher and higher…
I fly higher and higher and higher and higher…

Discography

Through This Fire
The Shaping & Shifting of Objects & Sound, Volumes 1 & 2
This Honest Age
3-Song Demo Release

Set List

Setlists usually consist of Jen's original music with a few covers thrown in for flavor. However, Jen can play countless covers and jazz standards, filling 6 hours of performance when necessary.

Original songs:
Breaking Point
Your Window
Searching For Orion
Halfway There
Not Myself
If Only
Walking In Winter
Hello Beautiful
Turning Circles
Corners Of This Room
Gravity
Impossible
All She Can Do
Something I Understand
Vicious
Rearview

Covers songs include works by The Beatles, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Coldplay, Sting, Jonatha Brooke, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, Sarah McLachlan, Regina Spektor, and many, many more.