“Jennifer has a voice all her own in a world of conformity.”
Brian Ray, Bassist & Guitarist for Paul McCartney
She’s a Texan stay-at-home mom of three who listens to heavy metal and likes black licorice. She’s baking, piano-playing poet who loves fantasy literature, Star Trek, and will slay you at Scrabble. But even as she’s changing diapers, sweeping up Cheerios, and cleaning peanut butter off the cat, Jennifer is thinking about writing. Whether she’s composing her next humorous parenting anecdote or contemplating a profound theological concept, 87.42% of Jennifer’s writing is done in her head.
Born in Austin, Texas, on December 8, 1984, Jennifer’s favorite childhood memories include digging in the dirt, building forts, sneaking out the bathroom window at night, and reading murder mysteries until the wee hours of the morning. Despite being able to ID just about any snake you can shake a stick at, Jennifer is not a tomboy. She loves spa days with her girls, singing hymns, watching Jane Austen movies, and she’s mastered the art of looking not-totally-awkward in extremely high heels.
Under her maiden name, Jennifer Grassman, she has released several award winning albums, including At The Back Of The North Wind (2003), Keep Silent; A Collection of Ancient Carols (2006), Serpent Tales & Nightingales (2010), and she sang lead vocals on Jason Greenberg’s progressive metal album, Orisonata (2014). She plans to release another solo album, Once Upon A Time, in 2018.
Jennifer’s music has been reviewed by Christianity Today, Houston Chronicle, and featured on NPR, FOX 26, and Great Day Houston, just to name a few. The majority of her lyrics are inspired by literature and film. From Shakespeare to Agatha Christie and Jane Austen to J.R.R. Tolkien, Jennifer’s lyrics explore a vast number of mythical, romantic, and mysterious characters. She has also used her music to explore the feelings of sorrow and betrayal resultant from her childhood trauma.
Even through the darkest seasons of her life, God has been faithful and kept Jennifer’s hope alive. Her tenacious will to thrive, empathic ability to discern emotion in others, and skill at articulating complex feelings contribute to her hallmark voice as an author.
When she’s not writing books, composing songs, or blogging, Jennifer maintains a Texas themed online magazine where she has covered breaking news, highlighted local charities, promoted small business, and even interviewed an Anonymous hacker. In fact, Jennifer’s work with Anonymous lead her to report evidence of a possible planned assault on the White House to the FBI.
Jennifer has been commended by Tori Amos for her work benefiting abuse victims, and by President George W. Bush and Governor Sarah Palin for her charitable work for the military and veterans. She passionately continues to dedicate her artistic energy toward helping others. Her book, Those Who Weep, is a natural continuation of Jennifer’s prolific creativity and advocacy.
Jennifer lives in Cypress, Texas, with her husband, Jason, and their three little girls.
Houston Chronicle says …
“Grassman is unflappably sweet and good-natured in person, a chirpy sweetheart who loves to drink tea and cuddle with her cats. But it’s a striking contrast to the music on her disc: a swirl of lush arrangements and emotional, tumultuous lyrics. There are tempestuous pianos, crashing drums and velvety vocals … There’s a spiritual quality to several songs on Serpent Tales & Nightingales, but it’s not an overtly religious album. The music is artful and accessible. Red is whimsical and clever; The Search has a devious charm; and Praying to the Walls is anchored by searing guitar work (courtesy of Jason Greenberg, Grassman’s husband).” – Joey Guerra, Music Editor
Twisted Peppermint says …
“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. Her musical prowess is surpassed by none. A genius in her own right, Jennifer has an uncanny ability to beautifully blend genres and styles that create a unique jazzy, pop, rock sound that stands far above anything heard on the radio these days. This kind of musician comes along once every 100 years and it’s our extreme luck to have her.”