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How The Night People Pray

by Jennifer Hanson

Songs and music of feeling, emotion and vulnerability with elements of jazz, pop and folk -- great songs sung by a great singer
Genre: Easy Listening: Crooners/Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Little Dreamer
4:50 $0.99
2. In The Cathouse Again
3:10 $0.99
3. How The Night People Pray
3:41 $0.99
4. Crazy (This Is What I Am)
3:56 $0.99
5. Drunk Again
2:09 $0.99
6. Honey, Won't You Please Come Home
2:36 $0.99
7. No One To Say Goodbye To
4:19 $0.99
8. In Hollywood It Happens All The Time
3:14 $0.99
9. When I'm With You
3:50 $0.99
10. Only Waiting
2:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
Canadian vocalist extraordinaire Jennifer Hanson, currently based in Atlanta Georgia, dispels any confusion with the country singer of the same name, by presenting ten beautiful songs from the pen of renowned Canadian songwriter Graham Shaw. This cd is all about terrific songs performed by a singer with outstanding chops, displaying a vulnerability and emotion not often found in today's punch-it-up market.

The music runs on the edges of jazz, pop and even folk, and
is propelled by some of the finest musicians in Canada. There is much craft evident in all aspects of "How The Night People Pray", and it won't be surprising if the "other" Jennifer Hanson starts getting requests to perform some of these songs.


In the rugged landscape of Flin Flon, Manitoba, there are two kinds of people: hockey players and singers. Though she is well known for her goalie skills, Jennifer Hanson's voice is what people remember about her.

The North breeds a certain resilience into the people who call it home, and it served Hanson well as she navigated the tough landscape of the Canadian rock scene with her band Jenerator as well as recording artists, Glass Tiger.

The youngest of seven children, Jennifer learned to love jazz classics at her father Bill's knee, and began working in a jazz vein in 1993. Her reputation for great vocal chops and notoriety for countless public appearances singing national anthems at NHL games in Winnipeg began to attract the attention of a new audience among jazz fans. Her smooth, torchy, seductive vocal style was/is right on the money then and now among current generation of jazz singers. She's definitely not just another voice in the crowd.

Presently based in Atlanta, Jennifer she works in that southeastern US region with some of the finest local jazz musicians as well as performing in a swing orchestra on a regular basis.

Her first record, "Something Cool", met with great success, and continues to get airplay. Released in 1998, it was creatively and artisticallly well ahead of the current crop of jazz/pop/crossover singers.

"Animating songs written across many years by former Winnipegger Graham Shaw, Hanson continues to grow beyond her earlier billing as a singer of jazz standards ... Hanson retains the gentle abrasion and the occasional vocal stretch that mark a human singing in real time." Randal McIlroy, Style Manitoba July 2004

REVIEW - 4 stars
"Jennifer Hanson seems to have found the match for
her voice in the songs of fellow former Winnipegger
Graham Shaw. The singer, who divides her time
between Winnipeg and Atlanta, sounds soulful at
times, dreamy at others and simply has some fun
on In The Cathouse Again. Hanson has moved away from a jazz sensibility on this disc, delivering instead a pop sound better suited to her voice and style. And she's backed by some of the city's top musicians."
-- Chris Smith, Winnipeg Free Press May 14, 2005

"I received Jennifer Hanson's CD the other day and was blown away when I heard it! It is just a fantastic record beginning to end! I'm very excited to be playing it and my excitement is rubbing off onto our jazz programmers as well. They all seem to be very interested in playing the disc!"
--Jason Wellwood,music director, CILU, Thunder Bay, Ontario



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can't stop playing this!
This CD makes you stop and listen . . . to the exquisite voice of the singer, and the compelling lyrics. Every song offers something different and delightful. Altogether this CD works as a package of love and life songs that lingers and makes me play it over and over. I have a copy of my own and just bought one for a friend!

Bob Eaton

How the Night People Pray
Yup, Jennifer is a really interesting singer but, in addition, she's a singer with really good taste: taste in material (I wish she would record her Cole Porter act...) and great taste in back up musicians - the best of Winnipeg. (Never heard of Winnipeg musicians? Get this CD and hear some of the best anywhere. Larry Roy, Greg Lowe, and Gilles Fournier are some some of my favourites.)

The songs are dark and sultry, playful, moody, and joyous. They have just the right orchestration (maybe that's producer Graham Shaw's contribution in addition to the harmonica and accordion highlights).

There are so many textures, sounds and styles. As I wrote, moody at times and whimsical in others. This is a very enjoyable CD that will in my regular rotation for a long time. And once put aside, I'm sure it will be brought back again and again.


Harry Hagan

If you love music and you're not sure which type, buy this!
This is music full of philosophical, emotional, and spiritual content, beautifully presented and expertly recorded. The writing is brilliant, and the singing is beyond excellent. In a better world, this would be a huge seller. Maybe it will be. Get it!

Ken Garinger

This is a fabulous disk. Jennifer's voice is so soothing and I listened to the disk over and over the first time I played it. This disk is a must for anyone who loves listening to a pure, wholesome voice. And Jen is pretty darn good lookin too! ;

Charlotte Bedard

Heard it just before closing my eyes for the night
All I can say is I'm here looking it up so I can run to buy it tomorrow. It's different, it's beautiful.

Nicholas Alan

when i put the cd in i immediately go to track 7 because i've developed a strong taste for it, but all the songs are really good. the album is a pleasant blend of jazz and folk, with clever heartfelt lyrics. jennifer's voice is soft and personal, resting gently on a beautiful jazz combo with an acoustic guitar which gives the tracks a very personal and welcoming feel. its one of those albums that you pat yourself on the back for buying when you're still listening to it all the time six months down the road.


Hard to categorize, but very engaging! Ms. Hanson is a great interpretor of these Graham Shaw tunes which run from swinging jazz to acoustic blues to pop ballads. Intelligently arranged and well recorded, Ms. Hanson's voice sounds intimate which works very well for these type of songs. Highly recommended!


Pure class
Jazz is a musical form that Bluesbunny likes to avoid. It is all a bit too clever for its own good and too often sacrifices emotion for technical dexterity. Then again, there are always exceptions to the rule. This was the case when we came to review this album by Jennifer Hanson. Classy and satisfying, this album even has a proper drinking song.

The title track "How the Night People Pray" is pure poetry set to music and Ms Hanson's interpretation is right on the money. We doubt that even the mercurial Holly Cole could better it. With its air of sadness and regret, it is the star track of the album. Not that the rest disappoints. The aforementioned drinking song - "Drunk Again" - evokes smoky rooms and shadows and makes real the lives of those who live in the darkness. "When I'm With You" highlights her abilities to handle rhythm and shows off an endearing huskiness to her voice. The Spanish flavoured "Only Waiting" ends the album leaving us with the kind of feeling that men get after they have watched Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch. If you love that film, you will understand.

Perhaps because it is produced by Graham Shaw (who wrote the songs and plays on it as well), this album convinces on both an artistic and emotional level. You can admire the technical perfection of the performances but it is the truly exquisite voice of Ms Hanson that draws you in and keeps things far, far away from bland, lounge jazz. As your taste in music matures, you learn to appreciate more than the three minute pop song.


I am a lover of acoustic guitar music. The acoustic guitar on this CD is awesome, and Jennifer's smooth singing voice provides a perfect match to the sound. Together, they are beyond compare. Eat your heart out Diana Kraul.