About the Artist
Jennifer Grassman is a Texas based recording artist. She composes piano and vocal pieces which embody her own haunting and esoteric genre. The media has compared her music to that of Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Loreena McKennitt, and Enya, but nothing quite sums up the music of Jennifer Grassman better then the songs themselves.
Born in Austin, Texas, in 1984, Jennifer grew up with an avid love for music. During a tumultuous childhood, her piano was often her best friend, and she would daily spend hours absorbed in learning a new Chopin or Debussy piece. She particularly appreciated minor melodies from the romantic period, although she tributes Handel's Messiah as being her favorite work of all time.
"There's something pure and ultimate about it," Jennifer said in a September 2008 interview. "It's also very nostalgic for me. Every year as soon as Thanksgiving was past, my family would listen to Handel's Messiah over and over again on my dad's record player until New Year rolled around. When I hear it played now, I can feel the cold winter draft creeping through the windows of our house in Memphis, Tennessee, smell the cinnamon and the pine ... it just transports me to the happiest moments of my childhood - in addition to being an impeccable work of art."
In addition to Jennifer's strong classical influences, she also holds an affinity for U2. "I was obsessed with Boy, War, and Unforgettable Fire when I was in my early teens," Jennifer said smiling. "Besides the fact that they were my first introduction to rock music, they also taught me to always promote a cause that you truly believe in. There's just something nauseating about the millions of pop songs revolving around boyfriends and cattiness. I want to impart something meaningful with my music. I want to impact people's lives. In my case of course, it's not about politics, it's the anti-abuse cause."
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