Jenny O. (ASCAP)

The Holly Prize, 2015

New York-born singer-songwriter Jenny O. grew up performing in youth orchestras and recording herself on a 4-track tape machine. She earned a degree in recorded music and started her career in Los Angeles, California with her self- produced Home EP. Songs from this record were licensed for television shows and films, commercials for Toyota and Subaru, a video game called Rocksmith, and earned her tours with artists like Ben Harper, Leon Russell, and Father John Misty. Jenny was the only unsigned artist to contribute a song to Rave On Buddy Holly, a tribute album which included tracks from Paul McCartney, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, The Black Keys, and many more. Soon after, Jenny released her debut full-length album, Automechanic and toured separately with Rodrigo Amarante and Mexican-American psychedelic musician Rodriguez across the U.S. and Europe. Jenny appeared with her band on Last Call With Carson Daly twice in 2014 and recorded the theme song for ABC’s Selfie, as well as a Coca- Cola commercial for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. She spent the past year writing in Nashville and has returned to California to record her second album with producer Jonathan Wilson. Jenny is a multi-instrumentalist, performing mainly on guitar but in the studio often plays bass, piano and her own string arrangements on viola. Jenny is regarded for her playful and skillful songwriting, honest and poignant lyrics, sweet and unique voice, and feel-good harmonies. She writes songs reminiscent of classic styles of the 60’s and 70’s and has been likened to songwriters like Harry Nilsson, Judee Sill, and J.J. Cale.