With a crystalline voice that has been characterized as “somewhere between Aimee Mann and Bonnie Raitt,” songwriter Jenny Van West released her first album Something Real in 2015 and the EP Honey & Hive in 2016, both produced by Ed DesJardins in Readfield. Winner of the 2015 Maine Songwriters Association songwriting contest, she will be releasing her new album of original songs Happiness to Burn, produced by internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter Shane Alexander in Los Angeles, in early 2018.
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In winter 2018, Van West will release Happiness to Burn, the heavily anticipated follow up to her award winning album Something Real.
Shortly after Van West first emerged as a performer in Portland, ME, she quickly established herself as one of the top songwriters the Northeast, winning the 2015 Maine Songwriters Association songwriting contest with her song “Nellie.” With a crystalline voice that has been characterized as “somewhere between Aimee Mann and Bonnie Raitt,” she released her first album Something Real in 2015 and the EP Honey & Hive in 2016.
For the new album, internationally-acclaimed producer Shane Alexander assembled a dream team of LA’s top musicians: Jesse Siebenberg / lap steel, pedal steel, dobro, (Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real / Supertramp), Carl Byron (Jackson Browne), / piano, organ, accordion; Ted Russell Kamp (Shooter Jennings) / bass, Justine Bennett / vocals (Jacob Dylan, Adam Cohen), Austin Beede (Grateful Shred, Todd Hannigan) drums.