Cabra, County Dublin
Straddling the boarders of jazz, soul and folk, Jennifer McMahon is a songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist and producer from Dublin. Inspired lyrically by life experiences; compositionally by exploration, jazz- inspired harmonies and conceptual ideas; Jennifer’s music has become a cross over of genres bringing drama, jazz, soundscapes, a touch of soul for good measure, all the while retaining the storytelling importance of folk music. Her horn arrangements hark back to the old motown and soul sound while her string sections nod to a more classical, even cinematic offering. Not believing in 'boxing' artists up into genres, Jennifer is happy to be likened to artists as diverse as Amy Winehouse, Jefferson Airplane, Bjork, Norah Jones, Natalia Lafourcade, Becca Stevens, to name a few. A lover and explorer of the power of words and the truest forms of connection, Jennifer also sings in other languages.
At the heart of her music is the human experience; living it, witnessing it and sharing it: the light in the dark, the beauty in sadness, the turbulence in stillness. Absorbed with the juxtapositions of life’s extremities, Jennifer’s music is an aural oneness of opposites. Her favourite reviews have described her as 'essential' and 'integral'.
Like the artist, the music is always evolving; seeking out new vehicles of form, style, interpretation and weaving itself into the fabric of her artistry. Jennifer's most recent project is an album of material written after the passing of her father and the breakdown of a long-term relationship. ‘Part of The Whole’ features more than 20 musicians from over 10 different countries. It is currently in post-production.
‘Moving Forward’ and 'Nobody Like You' are the album’s first two tracks and are available online.
Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Master of Contemporary Performance and Production at Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain in 2017 having gained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Jazz Performance at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, Ireland. She has been an active performing musician in Dublin since 2006, when she took her first steps in the singer/ songwriter scene.
With a voice equally as delicate as it can be powerful, Jennifer brings you on a journey, from the most vulnerable places to the most empowering.