Jenny Bienemann is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist based in Chicago. Her music has been described as falling “somewhere between winking innocence and worldly detachment,” garnering comparisons to Suzanne Vega, Ricki Lee Jones, and Michael Hedges. 

She has been on the bill with Greg Brown, Michael Smith, Sons of the Never Wrong, and many others. Her three albums receive national and international airplay on outlets as varied as MSNBC, National Public Radio, and The Midnight Special.  Her 2017 release, “Every Soul Grows to the Light,” spent months on the Folk DJ charts and earned a place on numerous “Best of 2017” lists.

“Every Soul Grows to the Light,”  marks her return home to her first love, finger style guitar, with 12 brand new songs that include meditations on love, loss, and things that didn’t go as planned.  Songs include “You Are Where I’m From,” “Out on a Limb,” and “Quicksand.”  The song “Pay the Piper,” is an imagined meeting between the Piper and the Devil, and features singer/songwriter Michael Peter Smith (author of the song The Dutchman) and the Sons of the Never Wrong.

Artist Sue Demel, known as a visual artist and also for her work in the band Sons of the Never Wrong, has created an extraordinary allegorical painting that is the centerpiece of the CD's design.   

Two songs on the album, “Wake Up” and “The Monster,” were co-written by Geri X and Carley Baer, respectively, at The Holiday Music Motel during Steel Bridge Songfest in Sturgeon Bay, WI, a songwriting, recording and performing festival helmed by Grammy-nominated musician and songwriter, pAt mAcdonald.  The song “Figuratively” was written while she was on the staff for Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters, helmed by John D. Lamb, in Bliss Harbor, MI.

Her 2012 solo CD, “Heading Slowly Towards the Beginning,” featured shimmering arrangements of vocals and strings, and was heralded as “simply striking in its fluidity and charm” by WXRT’s Richard Milne, earning a spot on a number of DJ’s top-of-2012 lists.  In 2011, she released GIRL FRIDAY, featuring only a looper, her voice and a kalimba, recorded live at the Ogilvie Transportation Center, leading the Illinois Entertainer to enthuse, “There’s no denying Jenny Bieneman’s talents...”  Her 2004 debut CD, LATE NIGHT ELABORATIONS, received strong word-of-mouth and favorable press, and recognition as one of the year’s best. 

She is a member of the bands The Zimmerman, The Significant Others, and The Rainy Day Women, and has led songwriting workshops at high schools and colleges, at the Friendly School of Music, the Old Town School of Folk Music, and Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters.


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