Jen Stevens is a singer/songwriter based in the North East. An experienced and passionate live performer, often compared to the likes of Kate Bush, Tori Amos and Regina Spektor.
"Incredibly powerful and moving songs, with heart-wrenching lyrics, and an inimitably beautiful voice."
Jen’s debut solo album, ‘Little One,’ is a collection of songs documenting a journey of mistakes and misdemeanours, of love and loss, of healing and of hope.
The calibre of acts that Jen (and her band, the Hiccups) has worked with speaks volumes about the quality of music that she produces and how strong her work ethic is. A regular performer around the North East and at venues all over the UK, she has also played alongside Lindesfarne, Mark Knopfler, Maximo Park, The Futureheads, Paul Weller and Jools Holland, as well as supporting several other big acts, including Scouting for Girls, Squeeze, Neville Staple, Toploader and Brand New Heavies.
“I’ve been playing piano and singing for as long as I can remember, and started writing songs as a means to tell stories and communicate my feelings – I don’t like to sing about things I can’t relate to, so it makes sense to write my own music, and sing about people, experiences and things that mean something to me. If I can reach out to just one person and touch one heart at a gig or through a recording, then I’ve accomplished something.”
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"It’s absolutely amazing how much power local singer/songwriter Jen Stevens can generate with just voice and piano. And when I say power, I don’t mean just belting stuff out at the top of her lungs (her vocals are as clear as a mountain stream). She creates swelling ballads through sheer force of melody, as well as lyrical concerns that sift through the vagaries of love, loss and redemption. This is her debut solo album (she’s previously done sterling work with her band Jen Stevens & The Hiccups) and fans of Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Beccy Owen will find plenty to love here."
The Crack Magazine
“Extremely heartfelt and moving with efficacious lyrics, and each song was creative, poetic and somewhat beautiful. Simply intoxicating. Jen Stevens’ voice was powerful and soulful and pitch perfect right from the off.”
"Jen Stevens is well known on the local music scene, where she has played extensively with her band as Jen and the Hiccups. This, her debut album, is her first solo venture and was originally intended to be only an EP. Clearly the universe had bigger ideas. Produced by Jordan Embleton, was celebrated with a launch gig at esteemed local venue, The Customs House, on the edge of the River Tyne. In fact it was recorded there, in the CustomSpace and Jen's vocals and piano pieces were recorded live in the theatre itself. As such, what has been captures is a sense of her voice in the moment, as it happened.
She is an advocate for mental health and the album explores this theme; both her own mental health and that of those around her. Even the artwork of the album reflects this, including the photographs which were taken on South Shields beach. It was written following the loss of her mother two years ago and in part documents the various stages of grief, alongside the idea of looking after each other and those close to us.
The title track, Little One, was inspired by Jen's dad, who uses it as a nickname for her; in fact, he called her it over the phone during a crucial moment at the beach, which sowed the seeds for the song. Certainly a standout track, along with such songs as He Already Knows, Running, The Siren and Leap. Jen's piano playing is both sublime and very atmospheric, perfectly accompanying her eclectic vocals
Collectively, the songs, both lyrically and musically, convey a real sense of time, place and emotions; listening to it i was struck by a sense of pride to call the place which inspired it, home. I'd like to think that those listening to it may feel compelled to visit for themselves. Who knows, they may even catch Jen playing live when they do, if they take the leap."
The Evening Chronicle
“Powerful and creative.”
Chris Difford (Squeeze)