Jennifer Greer is a multi-award-winning, detail-obsessed, self-taught singer/songwriter pianist who plays funky art-pop. Growing up in a suburb near New York City, poetry was her first love and artistic medium, though she had been singing since she was a little girl. At 25 she began to write music, being drawn to the piano like a magnet. Greer is a percussionist as she plays the piano against the voice, and a harmonist in hearing what the voice can do against the piano. Her songs stack layers of sound in ways that are delicious and endearing, funky and focused but never straightforward. Jennifer's songs run from aggressive to impressionistic. She seeks to push the boundaries of pop, by blending jazz, funk and classical "tone poem". In 2008 she co-ran a music series at the Lily Pad in Cambridge, called the Indie Music Collective. Jennifer’s first album, “Jewel Machine” (2001) won the WRSI singer/songwriter competition. In 2005 she released “the Apiary,” which got rave reviews and won Best Adult Alternative CD 2005 from the Muse’s Muse, and Best unsigned pop artist from Verbicide Magazine in 2008. She was a Finalist in the NewSong Mountain Stage competition 2010 and 2012.
- WRSI Singer-Songwriter Competition, Winner (2001)
- Performing Songwriter Magazine, Best DIY Release (2002)
- The Muse's Muse, Best Adult Alternative CD - "The Apiary" (2005)
- Boston Independent Music Awards, Finalist
- Verbicide Magazine, Best Unsigned Pop Artist (2008)
- NewSong Mountain Stage Competition, Finalist (2010, 2012)
- Akademia Music Award, Best Pop / Funk Song - "Crater" (2016)
- Limelight Magazine Songwriter of the Year, Finalist (2016)
- Emerging Boston Area Singer-Songwriters: Searchlight Showcase Finalist (2016)
Press and Testimonials
"The musicianship and musical touches from Greer are clearly above the bar. She knows how to sit deep within the pocket and sing a song with amazing vocal fluidity. Greer’s got soul. Her voice goes down smooth and fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively with an infectious jagged edge."
- Cyrus Rhodes, The Muse's Muse (7/30/15)
"Jennifer Greer proves queen of techniques on her engaging album Hey Tide. Featuring Greer’s honeyed voice and lively piano melodies, these tunes flow in a variety of currents, some subtle, some intense, all infused with her often spellbinding talent."
- Billy Copeland, Bill Copeland Music News (7/11/15)
"Great art is born out of pain but in the case of Jennifer Greer, it’s almost unfathomable. During what must be the longest crying spell in history, she also wrote the songs that appear on her fourth album, the self-released 'Hey Tide'. Joni Mitchell might have invented the pop confessional but Jennifer Greer has taken it to new heights."
- Mike Greenblat, Goldmine Magazine (7/27/15)
"The immensity of Jennifer’s talents can’t be contained on a CD. You feel beckoned to experience her musicianship in person with thousands, in a city near you. That will bring a Fistful Of Stars…and a fistful of dollars."
- Gian F, The Muse's Muse (7/15/10)
"Hey Tide is an ambitious record in many respects; a lesser musician would have trouble pulling it off. The vocal and musical reach and range Greer possesses is wide and deep. She takes one obvious turn for every five unexpected ones. The result is a confident, creative and satisfying musical experience. Jennifer Greer is a force unto herself, so deftly harnessing the ebb and flow of her ocean of talent for us to listen to."
- Heidi Drockelman, Indie-Music.com (9/13/15)
"She can play and she can sing with the best of them. Her band isn’t too shabby either... The group enhances the dynamics of each song majestically; sending the songs to the next level or at other times backing off and creating a level of intimacy allowing Jennifer’s voice to really shine... Nice work Jennifer!"
- Kier Byrnes, The Noise Boston (8/1/15)
"For one thing, she has a magic touch on the piano. Indeed, it is the piano which drives the songs, though the band certainly does its share and very well indeed, but that piano… For another, she has an intriguing view of life. Her songs are like reading books filled with hope—not obvious and outward but there somewhere and implied."
- Frank Gutch Jr., Acoustic Music.com
- The Beehive, Boston, MA
- The Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA
- Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
- The Middle East, Cambridge, MA
- Toad, Cambridge, MA
- TT The Bear’s, Cambridge, MA
- Ryles, Cambridge, MA
- The Abbey Lounge, Somerville, MA
- Precinct, Somerville, MA
- Arts at the Armory, Somerville, MA
- The Burren, Somerville, MA
- The Cantab Lounge, Cambridge, MA
- All Asia, Cambridge, MA
- Music for the Soul Coffeehouse, Medford, MA
- The Iron Horse, Northampton, MA
- The Eleven’s, Northampton, MA
- Pearl Street, Northampton, MA
- Bishop’s Lounge, Northampton, MA
- Montague Book Mill, Montague, MA
- PACE Arts, Easthampton, MA
- Gulu Gulu, Salem, MA
- New Urban Arts, Providence, RI
- Tazza, Providence, RI
- The Space, Hampden, CT
- Café 9, New Haven, CT
- Tupelo Hall, Londonderry, NH
- The Red Door, Portsmouth, NH
- The Blue Mermaid, Portsmouth, NH
- Church Street Stage, Burlington, VT
- The Bitter End, New York, NY
- The Living Room, New York, NY
- Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
- Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY
- Piano’s, New York, NY
- Caffe, Vivaldi, New York, NY
- Salem Arts Festival, Salem, RI
- Arlington Arts Festival, Arlington, MA
- Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
- MIT, Cambridge, MA
- Mount Holyoke College, Hadley, MA