Jenny Hallam

Jenny Hallam

  • Hometown: Malvern, UK
  • Genre: Pop
  • Influences: Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, Norah Jones, Counting Crows, Natalie Merchant, Adele, Emmy the Great, The National, Prefab Sprout
  • Lineup: Jenny Hallam
    occasionally with Alex Albrow, Joe Fletcher, Chris Hewitt and Hywel Pothecary.

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Jenny Hallam started learning to play piano at a young age, and her impatience when told to sit and read sheet music slowly improved her ability to improvise and write music of her own.

Writing cheesy heart-felt love songs at the age of 13, she was encouraged to play in school assemblies and music lessons, until she gained the confidence to play in front of strangers at open mic nights with the support of her family and friends. Recording her first demo’s in 2006, she had the chance to reflect on her performances and arrange accompaniments with the technological wonder that is Logic. Combining her performances with her community work from 2007 onwards, Jenny began to play increasingly frequently at local venues, winning school competitions and winning the support of local music-lovers.

In 2008 she won the heart of the wonderful Michael Mann who invited her to sing backing vocals in his 8-piece jazz-pop band, which was when she was first introduced to a large festival audience of around 3000 people at Westfest. Being surrounded by such talented musicians, Jenny was able to use this influence to create more musically sophisticated songs and employ the help of Matt Campbell and Jordon Robinson in 2008 to accompany her in a 3-piece band. Together they used facilities available at their sixth form college and won further music competitions to create new demo’s which were soon broadcast on BBC Introducing… Radio Hereford and Worcester. Andy O’Hare commented on her “tinkling ivories, with vocals to match” and they were soon playing at Westfest themselves.

In 2009, the boys left for university and Jenny persuaded muzo’s Hywel Pothecary, Alex Albrow and Joe Fletcher to replace her previous band sustaining her vigorous gigging schedule and playing at Worcester Music Festival, supporting chart-topper Daisy Dares You, and performing in front of Alan McGee at The Globe in Hay-on-Wye, he confessed he was “a big fan of her lush vocals and keyboard pop sensibility” describing it as a “Kate Nash meets Kate Bush vibe with a youthful innocence that could only be cultivated in rural Herefordshire”. Jenny is now studying English Literature and Linguistics at Queen Mary University London, making the most of the vibrant music scene.

“Music Earth Rise events have been a fantastic experience for me – as a musician it is always so valuable to be able to play at events with a listening and caring audience which is exactly what Music Earth Rise encourages. For this experience to be replicated in Zambia is astounding because music can really be the heart and soul of a community and is something which nobody should be denied. I am very proud to be a supporter of Music Earth Rise and the communities which it creates, both in the UK and in Zambia – long may music, earth and the rise of communities continue!”

Music Earth Rise events have been a fantastic experience for me – long may music, earth and the rise of communities continue!

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