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Primary Instrument: Keyboard

Born: September 24

If Jen Rathbun were an actress in the 1940s, she would have owned the part of the smart dame who wore killer suits and spouted off snappy one-liners.

Instead, she's a modern-day musician who sings and writes clever tunes loaded with personality.

- JazzReview.com


2005 MTM Music Awards Female Vocalist of the Year nominee
2004 MTM Music Awards Musician of the Year nominee
Platinum Plus Universal Recording Artist
Winner National Singer/Songwriter Auditions


You're in a smoky little club downtown. The crowd is noisy, self-involved. And then this gorgeous blonde fires off an amazing riff on her keyboard. Conversations die down as she begins to croon out a jazz ballad. It's not some throwback oldies cover, but a pull-forward, nouveau cabaret, this-genre-ain't-dead-'til-I-say-it's-dead fresh new sound. Some guy in back shushes the drunk at the next table -- he feels that immediate connection. She's telling him that, “All I want is you / ... / My lips are licked / I'm not that strict / This'll take a minute or two.“ The song ends and the audience cheers enthusiastically. He is momentarily weirded out -- it had seemed as if she was singing just to him, but they all must have heard it. Then she's moaning out, “I feel nasty / ... / I'm with him / But you are near / Tickling my thoughts / And teasing my fears.“ It's obvious to him that all the others are mistaken. It's him she's singing to. Later he'll tell his girlfriend, a little sheepishly, about the powerful contact he felt and she'll look at him funny. She's a little smarter than he is and doesn't tell him how that blonde gave voice to her own innermost thoughts when she cried out, “Why are all the good men / Married, buried, or gay? / Why do all the wrong guys / Seem to head my way?“ Maybe her soon-to-be-ex hadn't heard, “Some things are better rich like coffee, chocolate, and men.“ ...
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