The Wailin' Jennys

Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin' Jennys have grown over the years into one of today's most beloved international folk acts. Founding members Moody and Mehta along with New York-based Masse continue to create some of the most exciting music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their renowned live performances.

In 2004, The Wailin' Jennys released their first full-length album, 40 Days, to great critical acclaim, netting a 2005 Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Bolstered by their frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor's public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, The Jennys exploded onto the roots music scene, performing at packed venues across the Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world.

The Jennys' sophomore album, 2006's Firecracker, served as a powerful follow-up to their career-making debut. Artistically, the record found The Jennys stepping out of the folk realm and into the world of alt-country, pop, and rock. Garnering much attention, it was nominated for a Juno Award and won a 2007 Folk Alliance Award for Contemporary Release of the Year. Firecracker had legs, spending over 56 weeks on the Billboard charts.

The trio's 2009 release, Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House, also spent over a year on the Billboard bluegrass charts. That landmark live album bottled the lightning of The Jennys' live performances with show-stopping harmonies, impressive instrumental prowess, breathtaking songs and, of course, witty stage banter.

For their latest album, 2011's Juno-winning Bright Morning Stars, The Wailin' Jennys joined the ranks of Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris and recorded with award-winning producer Mark Howard. Co-produced by frequent Jennys collaborator and Juno Award-nominated David Travers-Smith, the album combines fresh and innovative sounds with the band's signature harmonies -- a perfect mix of Americana, pop and traditional folk that is destined to be a modern classic.

Although known primarily as an acoustic outfit, The Wailin' Jennys have a diverse musical background that has shaped their musical sensibilities.

Moody (vocals, guitar, accordion, banjo, bodhrán) is a classically trained vocalist and pianist with a burgeoning solo career. She made a splash in 2010 with the Juno-nominated The Garden, which was followed up with 2013's gorgeous These Wilder Things. She is an accomplished, versatile singer of traditional and Celtic music and as the former lead singer of Juno-nominated roots band Scruj MacDuhk. Moody was a finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition and was recognized by the International Songwriting Competition for her song "One Voice," which has become a signature song for The Wailin' Jennys. It has been covered by countless artists and has been performed in concert halls, churches and schools throughout the world.

Mehta (vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums, ukulele), a classically trained dancer raised on '70s AM radio and heavily influenced by alternative pop, was nominated for a Canadian Indie Music Award for her striking debut solo album, 2002's Weather Vane. In July 2009 she became the proud mother to twin boys, Beck and Finn. The venerable Sing Out! publication has counted Mehta among the most promising up and coming singer/songwriters in North America. She was a finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition for her masterful "Arlington." Also, her song "Begin," a compassionate ode to mindfulness, was featured in both the film The Cake Eaters (directed by Mary Stuart Masterson and starring Kristin Stewart) and on the season finale of Lifetime's Army Wives. Mehta is now hard at work on her newest "baby" -- a long awaited sophomore solo album to be released in 2014.

Masse (vocals, upright bass) is a Jazz Voice graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, and she has performed in Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing, Darol Anger's Republic of Strings, and is a regular guest on A Prairie Home Companion both as a soloist and with the Jennys. In addition, she has performed with the contemporary bluegrass band The Wayfaring Strangers, and in 2006, she recorded an album with Joy Kills Sorrow, a contemporary string band. That year, she also released Tell Me Tonight with the Brooklyn-based collaboration Heather & the Barbarians. She has also toured with her own band, supporting her 2009 Red House release Bird Song. Her latest, 2013's Lock My Heart, is is an inspired album of jazz standards and originals with legendary pianist Dick Hyman, and it has been on the Billboard charts since its release.

With their varying backgrounds, each of the Jennys is unique in their individual expression. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound -- all delivered with the irresistible vocal power of three.

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The Wailin' Jennys

By popular demand, PineCone favorites The Wailin’ Jennys are coming back to Raleigh, and they’ll have a new album in tow! One of today’s most respected folk groups, The Wailin’ Jennys are releasing their first new recording in six years, Fifteen. This long-awaited follow-up to Bright Morning Stars finds the trio bringing their passion and stellar musicianship to a carefully curated collection of some of their favorite songs, including tracks by Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton.

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The three members of The Wailin' Jennys all have long brown hair, worn down. Two stand side by side in the front, each wearing a top in a different shade of gray and facing the viewer. The woman on the left in the lighter gray top wears 2 silver necklaces. Behind and between them, the third woman is looking over her right shoulder. She wears a jean jacket over a beige top.
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