Beyond a Song with Rich Reardin (PRX), Part 1, May 11, 2018

Pop Matters, May 2, 2018 “‘Happiness to Burn’ is more than a jazzy title track. The song’s unique musicality showcases the depth of Van West’s talent and creativity. To begin an album with a song that defies listeners’ expectations is a bold move but will certainly widen her audience.” (Elizabeth Woronzoff)

207, WCSH 6, Portland, Maine, April 23, 2018

Americana Daily April 20, 2018 

IOU Music, April 20, 2018 “I could give you a long line of different artists that I see similarities to in certain songs, but I think that would take away from much of what I like about this album and Jenny’s style, the fact that it really is her own.

Rocking Magpie (UK), April 18, 2018 “…Not just a super singer with a lovely and distinctive voice; but a marvelous and thoughtful storyteller too, which connected to Shane Alexander’s ace production and the mixing and engineering from Brian Yaskulka makes this, her second album shine like a star on a the darkest of nights.

Thinking Lyrically, April 18, 2018 “An incredible voice that delivers on every song, the words are poignant and honest just like her voice throughout….A stunning record that shines a light on personal stories and happy moments, Van West delivers another wonderful record, lyrically and melodically.”

Red Dirt Review, April 10, 2018Each song just buzzes and shines as each instrument and voice is given a chance in the spotlight, without overwhelming the listener.”

Baby Sue, April 2018 “Produced by Shane Alexander, these tracks will have you tapping your toes and snapping your fingers before you know what’s happening….This album is a credible and real success.

Liverpool Sound & Vision (UK) March 16, 2018 
Even in the darkest of times, there needs to be a light that glows and Ms. Van West provides the spark which guides the way….In songs such as Live In A New Way, Where I Stand, Empty Bowl, Twenty Seven Dollars, Thresholds and the album finale in Embers, Jenny Van West, her producer Shane Alexander and the band, have not only found a way to see happiness burn, light the fire in which to keep warm as the cinders glow and dance in the ballroom of life, but they have collectively offered the listener an overpowering and legitimate reason in which to remember what it was to spread joy. (Ian Hall)

Keys and Chords (Belgium) March 19, 2018 Van West is, in the most positive sense, a bit of everything. A tad of jazz, a pinch of rock, a dash of country, but especially a serious portion of professionalism.”

Lonestar Time (Italy), March 2018 “…Performed with taste and passion, entertaining with class and showing a steady growth in composition.”

Rootstime (Belgium) March 31, 2018 “Yes, this record Happiness To Burn by Jenny Van West may rest here for a few weeks at the top of the stack of ‘often playing CDs’….” (Freddy Celis)

Michael’s Music Log, February 28, 2018 “…It is Jenny Van’s West’s vocals that are the focus and that sell this one.”

Americana Music Review, February 26, 2018
  “We love this Maine-based artist’s voice….

Take Magazine interview, June 13, 2017

Chris Wolf Show, Rockland, Maine, May 22, 2017

Maine Immigrant Musical Instrument Project

FIRST PLACE Maine Songwriters Association 2015 songwriting contest for “Nellie”

Something Real CD review: Face the Music by Aimsel Ponti, Maine Today / Portland Press-Herald, April 14, 2015

Listener Reviews

“Nellie is a classic.” —Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary)

“Jenny plays her silky/sultry voice like a fine instrument through songs ranging between pastoral narratives, dogs lost and sexy solutions to mid-life crisis. She’s got both hands firmly on the wheel of her musical strengths and steers her listeners joyfully through a very entertaining and musically satisfying show.”
— Martin Swinger

“Just listened to these two songs, ‘Something Real’ and ‘Blackbird,’ and am just blown away. Partly by the strength and sweetness of your voice, and partly by the incredible sophistication of the music itself, the harmonies and progressions (I don’t really have the vocabulary).”

“It’s as if Nanci Griffith and Burt Bacharach had a love child with Joni Mitchell and Stephen Sondheim looking on fondly and ready to step in as godparents…”

“Am just totally blown away. Bravissima!!!”

“Just a major major WOW for Something Real—every single song is exceptional—every song attentively crafted and beautifully shared between musicians, singer and lyrics—a total heart thumping sometimes teary eyed tour de force—I love this CD and in a short time—one day—of listening—I can’t stop playing ‘Rest Awhile’—lovely lasting work of art!”

“Better than Xanax.”

“Words can’t express my admiration for what you have accomplished on your new album. Your voice is pretty, pure, and convincing. The songs are both beautiful and funny with gorgeous melodies. Arrangements and guitar playing are perfect. Well done!!”

“…Almost have the album memorized. And it’s on the road trip playlist, right along with Leonard, Brandi, Keith, and Madeleine. You’re in good company!”

“Wow, what a great recording! Your material is excellent. Your singing is stellar. Personnel is as tight as a bug’s butt. And Ed DesJardins did a bang-up job at the knobs, per usual. I love it!!”

It’s like having you in my house in the least annoying way possible…not that you’re particularly annoying when you’re actually in my house.”

“Loving the CD…playing over and over.  ‘Nellie’….[is] just a perfect combination of melody, catchy rhythm and sentimental twist — with cool lyrics.  You have a HIT there in my book!”

“Lorsque tu chante on peut resentir beaucoups d’emotion, c’est magique lorsqu’une musique arrive a touché directement le coeur. Le coeur de l’homme est faite pour aimer, pour resentir la paix, pour adorer le Dieu du ciel et pour resentir la beauté de l’inspiration. La musique lorsqu’elle est bien canalisée peut aider l’homme a etre en harmonie avec lui meme et a etre en harmonie avec l’univers qui l’entoure, c’est fabuleux. Je trouve que ta musique traduit justement cela.

“J’ai ecouté une fois, ensuite deux fois puis une troisieme fois ton album, c’est vrai que je ne comprends pas l’anglais mais l’essentiel c’est que je peux resentir de l’emotion, me sentir bien dans mon etre.

“C’est important de composer une musique pour la paix de l’ame et de l’esprit. La musique peut guerir les coeurs brisés par la maladie et le chagrin, la musique peut redonner de l’espoir…Congratulations, Jen.”

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