“Why music?” we asked Jen Creed. “When you could do anything with your life, why do you choose to be a musician?” She is quick to reply.
“I think music is one of the most powerful forces in the world,” she states definitively. “It heals. It uplifts. It unifies all walks of life. When words alone don’t fully convey our emotions, music can find what’s unknown in us, allowing us to feel what the mind has yet to think.” She continues, “It’s such a huge part of our existence – it’s present in the most meaningful and mundane moments of our lives and everywhere in-between. Music truly changes us for the better. So, if I can help and heal people through this gift, I’m going to run with that.”
“Through all of our experiences and from the people we are fortunate to meet, we learn and grow,” Jen states. “I am grateful for the journey, even the roadblocks, all of which have brought me to where I am now.”
The ‘now’ is where Jen is returning to the stage and studio and writing her own songs, including the title track of her new album, Goodnight Is Not Goodbye. Jen and her musical partner, Grammy-winning producer Glenn Barratt, wrote the soaring ballad as an homage to parenthood – the truest of loves that transcends all. On the album, Jen’s mesmerizing, four-octave range is showcased in dramatic new material, as well as in intimate interpretations of contemporary writers including Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen. She is paired with a lush string section in the stunning Morricone tune, “I Knew I Loved You” (from the movie Once Upon A Time in America), is backed by a spirited gospel choir in the uplifting “Heavenly Day,” achingly sings of love and loss in the haunting Tom Waits ballad, “Take It With Me,” and delivers a gorgeous interpretation of Cliff Eberhardt’s “The Long Road.”
Recording with the core of musicians who are the most sought-after Philadelphia players, Jen and Glenn have crafted an album which is both a reflection of her past and a leap forward with her own compositions. Drawing on her background in classical and Broadway, combined with Glenn’s depth in jazz and gospel, the sum of the album was described by Jon Takiff in the Philadelphia Daily News: “…with a gorgeous four-octave voice and impeccable taste and flair, Jen Creed can do it all….”
With the release of Goodnight Is Not Goodbye, Jen has returned to live concert performance with the band with whom she recorded the album, and looks forward to bringing these songs to fans old and new. As well, her songs have been featured on WXPN’s Women’s Music Hour and Sleepy Hollow. Jen has been performing in a monthly residency at Serafina in Rittenhouse Square, paying tribute to her inspirations and special seasonal events. She also recently appeared in a collaborative show melding pop and classical with Svetlana Solvena at World Cafe LIve as part of their LiveConnections! community concerts series.
Jen is part of the Musicians on Call program, bringing her voice to promote the healing power of music to hospital room bedsides serving the Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware area.