"Jennifer Grassman has a voice all her own in a world of conformity."
Brain Ray, Bassist & Guitarist for Paul McCartney
Jennifer Grassman is a Texas based pianist, vocalist and songwriter. Born in Austin, Texas on December 8, 1984, she has been touring and recording since 2006. Commended by Tori Amos for her charitable work on behalf of abuse victims, and by President George W. Bush for her patriotic song dedicated to the troops, Grassman has a heart for advocacy and philanthropy.
In a 2010 interview with The American Chronicle, Grassman stated, “Every time I write a song I do it in the hope that it will inspire, comfort, entertain, or fascinate someone out there.”
Regarding her 2012 release, Serpent Tales & Nightingales, Mark Morning, Editor of Christianity Today, stated, “One of the more intriguing albums I've heard in a while, Grassman's 58-minute opus is a unique mix of bombastic prog rock, piano pop, and opera. The versatile Texan says she drew on 1930s influences such as Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington, and Frank Sinatra to write these songs, which she hopes will encourage listeners through the recession as those artists did during the Great Depression. A concept album laden with classical and theatrical flourishes, Serpent Tales progresses through songs of confusion and sadness ultimately arriving at joy and peace.”
While the media has compared Grassman’s music to that of Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Loreena McKennitt, and Enya, fans have compared her to the likes of Danny Elfman, Sarah Brightman and Kate Bush. Grassman’s lyrics are often derived from classical literature, nostalgic films, and real life experiences.
A veteran bookworm and creative author, Grassman is currently in the process of penning several books, including one rumored to be an epic fantasy novel about dragons, and another said to be a collection of "very odd" short, mythical stories.
Grassman is also in the process of recording her fourth album, Once Upon A Time, the songs on which were all inspired by classic literature, from the works of Shakespeare to the mysteries of Agatha Christie and the novel frivolities of PG Wodehouse.
A journalist for The Washington Times Communities, Grassman pens a music column entitled, The Business of Being Diva, in addition to a business column called, SeeTalkGrow: The New Entertainment Industry. She has interviewed many famous celebrities including Harry Potter actress Natalia Tena, Paul McCartney’s guitarist Brian Ray, American Idol star Mandisa, singer-songwriter Aimee Mann and producer Larry Klein.
Grassman married her best friend and guitarist, Jason Greenberg, in 2006. They are happily married and residing in Spring, Texas with their two cats, Mr. Charles Bingley and Shadowfax (both of whom have literary names, Mr. Charles Bingley being named after the romantic interest in Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, and Shadowfax after Gandolf's horse in J. R. R. Tolkien's, The Lord Of The Rings).
RIGHT: Jennifer Grassman and TV Host Deborah Duncan on the set of Great Day Houston in 2009.
"One of the more intriguing albums I've heard in a while, Grassman's 58-minute opus is a unique mix of bombastic prog rock, piano pop, and opera."
Mark Moring, Christianity Today
“Jennifer Grassman has a voice all her own in a world of conformity.”
Brian Ray, Bassist & Guitarist for Paul McCartney
Serpent Tales and Nightingales is ... "a swirl of lush arrangements and emotional, tumultuous lyrics. There are tempestuous pianos, crashing drums and velvety vocals."
Joey Guerra, The Houston Chronicle
“I find myself escaping to another world when I hear these songs.”
Catherine Lu, Associate Producer, Houston NPR | KUHF
“Grassman seems to be an old soul with a contemporary heart.”
Retta Blaney, Theater Critic, Journalist & Author
“[In] Serpent Tales & Nightingales, Jennifer Grassman has not only demonstrated her ability to maintain her artistic integrity and produce a quality product, she has also shown other independent recording artists what they can accomplish through hard work, determination and the support of their fans and friends.”
David Sadof, Houston Music Examiner
“A chilling melody plays around you, haunting lyrics drawing you into a story, pulling emotions from you, creating a vivid image of a world you somehow know. You’ve just heard a Jennifer Grassman song.”
Victoria Voller, The American Chronicle & The Twisted Peppermint
“This is an amazing cd that I like more and more each time I listen to it. Jennifer Grassman is a master storyteller as well as an extremely gifted musician. It is refreshing to hear original music that actually sounds original!! I can't wait until the next cd comes out!”
Amy Holland, Listener
“This album is worth every second spent listening to it. And trust me, you'll find it hard to stop listening. Definitely one to keep in or next to your cd player for a long time.”
Bastiaan De Groot, Listener
"Simple words cannot describe this album! I have listened to it during all manner of emotional states, and I always feel better afterwords. Jennifer is an incredible singer / songwriter, and a talented pianist. I am also honored, and humbled to be a sponsor for this album."
Wade Saint John, Listener
“Literally, the songs deliver a full course of lyrical creativity from the humor of The Haunting to the poignant soul-searching of Foundling. An ambitious and enjoyable musical feast!”
Gwendolyn Taylor, Listener
“I have listened to Jennifer Grassman's cd about 50 times already and each time, I love the songs more and more. They bring me peace whenever I listen to them. 'Foundling' speaks to me on a personal level and gives me chills!”
Valerie Hartzell, Listener
“I LOVE this CD!!! I'm not usually one who enjoys prog rock/pop music, but Grassman has produced a wonderful album that I listen to over and over again. Some of the tracks are very silly while others are somber, but messages of hope are written all over the music. Not only are the lyrics deep and very often moving, but the music itself always fits perfectly. Grassman's piano playing is only surpassed by her singing ability. ST&N is well worth buying.”
Elisa Haaland, Listener