Cabra, County Dublin
Straddling the boarders of jazz, soul and folk Jennifer McMahon is a songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist and producer from Dublin. Based out of Valencia, Spain where she recently completed a masters at Berklee College of Music, Jennifer is working towards completing her debut album in the coming months.
The album began in 2014 when Jennifer started to write about the loss of her father . Shortly after, the breakdown of a relationship. This album is how she's dealt with finding the positives in these dark moments and moving forward from them. Sonic influences on this album come from the likes of Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spalding, Etta James and Melody Gardot with honest lyrics, playful grooves, strings and an overall reflection of an 'old soul.'
Jennifer has been performing on the Dublin scene since 2005, first as a backing vocalist, before venturing into a career of her own a short time later. In the early years, writing on guitar, her influences came from the likes of Leonard Cohen, Damien Rice, Jeff Buckley, Skunk Anansie, Janis Joplin. Her first solo gig was in Slattery's in Rathmines in 2006.
The following years would be an exploration of the great soul singers: Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Marvin Gaye, Al Green but it was the combination of power in these voices, and agility and freedom of jazz vocalists that eventually led Jennifer to study Jazz at Newpark Music Centre in 2011.
Writing with piano and finding a marriage of power and vulnerability in her voice, Jennifer auditioned for Berklee and subsequently recorded her first collection of songs while studying the Master's in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) in 2017.