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Jenna Nicholls | Curled Up Toes in Red Mary Janes

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Curled Up Toes in Red Mary Janes

by Jenna Nicholls

Just as unhurried as it is precious and reflective. The atmosphere is serene; you’ll pick every word that is uttered and find a world that normally goes at a million miles an hour slow to a relaxing canter.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Just How Much
4:12 $0.99
2. All the While
3:10 $0.99
3. Porchswing Serenade
3:41 $0.99
4. Keeping Awake
4:08 $0.99
5. Passport 25
3:34 $0.99
6. Hallelujah
2:39 $0.99
7. Dirty Old Town
3:52 $0.99
8. Love is Everywhere
2:47 $0.99
9. Holy Moses
4:37 $0.99
10. Winter
4:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
Born and raised in a rural area outside of Pittsburgh, PA, Jenna was exposed to music at an early age in the community church. It was during that time that she learned to play the piano and the guitar. During her early twenties, Jenna began singing jazz with Blue Note artist Jimmy Ponder. She soon developed her own unique singing/playing style incorporating jazz and folk music. Her sweet vocal talents are reminiscent of Norah Jones and Emmy Lou Harris, and have allowed her to play with such artists as the late Chris Whitley, Nouvelle Vague,The Hothouse Flowers and East Mountain South. She has been a constant at many top venues, including the Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall and the World Cafe. www.myspace.com/jennanicholls

Review for "Just How Much" from MP3 Hugger

Jenna Nicholls has the sort of voice that entrances within a couple of seconds of coming into contact with it. What makes it even more special is the fact the songs she writes are so memorable. Nicholls is part of a new folk movement based in Greenwich Village called the Fairplay Collective (there are a smattering of Irish troubadours in there). Her voice is distinctive but from time to time you may hear traces of Norah Jones, Stina Nordenstam and most especially that singer from the Motifs who I don’t know the name of. ‘Just How Much’ is as unhurried as it is precious with Nicholls in reflective mood. The atmosphere is serene; you’ll pick every word that is uttered and find a world that normally goes at a million miles an hour slow to a relaxing canter. Powerful stuff, more of which can be found on Jenna’s upcoming album ‘Curled Up Toes in Red Mary Janes’. KD



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Tim Moore

In a global culture brimming with repugnantly packaged and tactlessly commidified music there is a growing undercurrent of listeners who are not content with being regarded as consumers and a body of musicians who are uncomfortable with the idea of churning out sanitised products for the mass market. And each of these need to work hard and search earnestly to find and create music that celebrates the humanity of each.

To this end I was thrilled to come across Jenna Nicholls' soulful creations. Her music takes you into far off living rooms and into the midst of intimate conversations. Her songs reach beyond words and melodies to speak gently to the heart of the human condition. Thankyou for being an oasis in a wide desert.


so lovely
I remember when I just got this album in the mail, I was so excited. I popped it in my cd player and I was in heaven. :) every one of Jenna's songs are perfect and I want to hear them over and over. the first time I heard Holy Moses, it made me cry. just so beautiful. I'm so glad I own this album.

Chantel Rosario

Voice of an angel
Soothing to the ears and warming to the heart like a glass of red wine you will find yourself floating in a bubble of sweet imagination.
Definately an album to tune your heart to.

Natalie Herman

Bound to be a smash!
Listening to Jenna Nicholls’s debut CD is an experience akin to perusing a pop-up book; from the moment the music opens on the first song, “Just How Much,” Nicholls paints pictures that seem to dance before your eyes as the music plays on. These pictures are drawn not as much by what she is singing but by the way she is singing it.

Ten years in the making, Curled Up Toes in Red Mary Janes, brings the listener a refreshingly cool and confident Nicholls. Although she sashays through her songs, she maintains a childlike innocence that complements rather than negates her sultry sensualism. The title, which comes from an early song of Nicholls’s, furthers the picture of naivety unbound and struggling with coming of age.

Her songs evoke the early-Americana time period which influenced her musical style. Her approach to the music is minimalist – her voice is definitely her vehicle, and it is going to take her places.

The majority of the tracks sound heartening and optimistic with a definite leaning toward a simpler time. However, her revealing lyrics, as on the incongruous “Passport 25” -- about a woman who is at the end of her very self -- demonstrate that Nicholls is not simply another disposable songstress, but that she has considerable range as both a musician and as a writer.

If there was a doubt left, Nicholls blows that away on the following track, “Hallelujah.” A startling contrast to the acoustically bare-bones songs, “Hallelujah” roars in with an explosion of instruments and a gigantic voice that seems to stem from those curled-up toes.

In “Dirty Old Town,” Nicholls recalls a spirit of fealty to one’s place of origin not unlike the Springsteen hometown anthems that defined his early career.

Michael Brunnock, to whom Jenna lent her vocal talents on his 2007 solo debut, So I Do, returns the favor to appear as harmonizing vocal on “Holy Moses.” Each artist is phenomenal in his or her own right, but when they two combine voices, it causes an exothermic reaction that has the capability of liquefying the very bones in your body. Despite its obvious power, Jenna’s voice is so sweet and true that even monosyllabic words find it difficult to tear themselves away from her and linger with her for as long as they can.

Nicholls ends her CD with the dulcet ode, “Winter,” featuring a soulful tenor saxophone. Although Nicholls’s imagery is largely auditory, her lyrics paint distinct pictures as well: “Knit me a sweater from the last threads of summer. . .” She chooses a beautiful, stirring and settling piece to send the listener on.

Our “sweet consolation” is that it is not likely that we will have to wait another ten years for the follow-up.