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Jenni Alpert – Los Angeles, CA

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Do what you love, love what you do and enjoy every minute of it. Bringing soulful songs and lyrics from the heart Jenni Alpert is living proof that  dreams are made possible if you try. Always the best part of what we do, discovering new music and good people behind it. 

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“I write songs and I sing them from the deepest part of my existence and I hope they connect with the deepest part of yours.”

– Jenni Alpert

 Name: Jenni Alpert

Where are you writing this: At the moment, I am writing this from my West Coast Home located in Los Angeles, CA.

  

 Home is where your story begins, please tell us about yours

For the first three and a half years of my life I was in the foster care system in Los Angeles County where the fate of my future was being determined for me. It was in one of those homes that I first discovered music and the piano and I believe a very important part of how I have come to be my self and become an artist both musically and artistically spooking (I paint and take photos as well as write and record music with equal fervor). I would say that those early years shaped my ability to be committed to growth, resilient to change, and free spirited impassioned by creativity, freedom, and honesty.  I started composing music and writing songs by the time I was ten, picked up a guitar at 14, and continued to develop my skills in musicianship, songwriting, and performance at UCLA under the wing of Kenny Burrell and his then newly founded four year Jazz program. Since then, I have recorded and released 6 independent albums, 1 vinyl record with a team of people out of Italy, toured and performed worldwide in over 14 countries, have had a few songs placed in TV shows such as Castle and CSI Miami, and continue to pen songs and perform them in US cities often as I can.   

 

 How did music find you

The second I was introduced to a piano at the age of almost 3, music and I became fast life long friends.

 

 Best describe your musical style

Eclectic soulful jazzy pop singer songwriter 

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What is the song writing process like for you

When I am constructing songs, I feel that I myself am an instrument in the process where music and lyric tend to unfold simultaneously. I make efforts to stay present, open, and aware enough to sense that a song is about to develop, and I often feel that I myself am a witness to the creation. In listening to all types of music, especially world music for education and inspiration, this maintains my writing skills.

 

 Tell us about the inspiration behind your album ‘Take It All’

Take It All was a conglomeration of songs partly co-written partly self penned over the course of a six month period when I was going through a cathartic personal growth spurt. The songs were like moments of healing for me, discovering meanings of relationships, coming of age, healing, and shedding parts of ourselves that we wish to outgrow while discovering the wonders of love in the world. It was recorded mostly live over the course of a three day period with producer Mikal Blue and polished over another week or so with overdubs from some of my favorite session musicians. Take It All was me exploring my pop side of songwriting and I am very proud of that body of work.  

 

 Which are your favorite lyrics thus far and tell us the story behind them

Most all of them.

 

 Such rich history, what was it like recording at Sun Studios in Memphis

Amazing every moment. Google and I became fast friends that day. My most excited moment was standing on the x where Elvis sang wondering if the acoustic in the room were the same as back then. It was a very special opportunity to get to record there and experience working with Matt Ross-Spang. 

 

 Shout out to your favorite band or artist at the moment

I don’t pick favorites in this category for I love songs and to many to single one out, so for all you songwriters out there…. keep em comin!  

 

What does a lazy Sunday look like to you

Not lazy. Probably like any other Monday in London. 

 

 The greatest book ever written is…

The one with the least amount of pages? Just kidding. I love to read and haven’t picked a favorite, but I notice that I am inspired by true stories. 

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 My all time favorite movie is…

Tough call between: The Big Lebowski, As Good As It Gets, Buffalo 66, and The Notebook  

 

 Aside from communication, while on the road what is the one thing you can not live without

Coffee and humor

 

Jenni Alpert is hosting a dinner party!

      Album on replay

Nick Drake – Pink Moon      

 Menu

Skirt Steak, collard greens, sweet corn, corn bread with honey, a large dark green salad with goat cheese, fresh strawberries, red onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers, and dark chocolate peanut butter bars for dessert.  

 4 people past or present on the guestlist that would make for stimulating conversation

Steve Jobs, Einstein, Marie Curie, and Lou Adler. 

Which game would you play

Taboo – hands down. 

 

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 Your most memorable musical moment thus far

I choose to live in the moment as often as I can so any opportunity to perform and connect with music listeners is really what I consider memorable. 

  

 The prettiest thing I have ever seen…

Sunsets over the ocean 

 

 Being a young woman in a sometimes plastic world do you feel a sense of responsibility or example for the girls coming behind you

Be honest, have integrity, learn yourself, observe others, and never compromise your values to get ahead anywhere. Do your best and be realistic and as you build it, it ill become. 

 

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 Your dream marquee would read…

Let them all think you are nuts, yet while they are distracted, create the best damn peanut butter known to man. – Peanut Butter, the best thing since sliced bread. 

 

One quote or piece of advice that always goes with you

“The way I see it, if you want a rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain” #Dolly Parton 

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 True Love is…

The willingness to listen, be patient, give forgiveness, and have understanding even if another’s point of view isn’t clear yet with the ability and willingness to take care of one’s self.  

 

 What can we look forward to with Jenni Alpert over the coming year

A batch of fresh honest self penned soulful songs recorded on a new album with a tour in Europe to boot. 

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Meet The Janks 

Los Angeles woven and eclectically driven. 

www.thejanksmusic.com

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Dylan Zmed- Vocals/Mandolin

Leon LeDoux- Drums

Paul Kilmister- Bass

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