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 (“Nellie”) and a finalist in 2017 (“Happiness to Burn”), 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 Spring 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.