Terri Jo Jenkins-Singer/Songwriter
Terri Jo Jenkins Biography
Terri Jo has been singing professionally since her childhood in Venango, NE. She released her first record (with her two sisters) when she was just 14 years old. Her first solo CD, “Legend of Strawberry Moon” was recorded in 1996 and her second release of original songs, “Stories Around Me” was produced on the Tremulant Records label in 1999. (www.tremulantrecords.com)
Terri Jo has been nominated for local folk artist of the year, 1998, 99, 2000, & 2004 by KZUM public radio in Lincoln, NE. She has been a songwriting competition winner and has had her music featured on radio programs across the country and in Canada. Terri Jo has been a guest on the national radio programs, River City Folk and Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour as well as many local folk radio programs. Terri Jo’s song, Six Little Angels, was chosen to be included on a special Holiday program produced for National Public Radio station across the country and hosted by legend, Judy Collins. Her song, While I Drive, has also been heard on the popular NPR show, Car Talk.
Terri Jo’s most recent solo release, “Turn the Page” was released in April 2008 on the Prairie Dog Music label. (www.prairiedogmusic.com) This recording of all original songs written by Terri Jo also includes local Nebraska musicians, Dr. John Walker, trumpeter, Darryl White and others.
In addition to the all women a capella, Baby Needs Shoes vocal trio and her solo work, Terri Jo also performs as a jazz vocalist, having recorded with Nebraska group, Jazz Factory , Denver’s Mile High Jazz Trio, and nationally recognized jazz pianist, Jeff Jenkins. She has been the featured vocalist at the Jazz en Vercor festival in France for three years. (2009, 2010, 2011) and also performs with the 9 member, Colorado based jazz band, Park Hill Brass.
In 2010, Terri Jo was also invited to record a country project by Denver production company, Lipsmackin Music which also involved many instrumentalists including the keyboard player from the famed band, U2. After working with Terri Jo in the recording studio, the songwriter wrote the title track, “Nebraska Girl”, and is now promoting the collection nationally.
Terri Jo continues to perform on a regular basis as a folk, blues, and jazz soloist, with the groups mentioned above and as a jazz singer in the Denver area where she now lives and teaches piano, guitar, and voice lessons. Terri Jo’s solo CDs and those recorded with the group, Baby Needs Shoes, are available on line at cdbaby.com