After two years of touring behind her critically-acclaimed debut solo album, Veering from the Wave (Imaginary Road/PolyGram, now swallowed by Universal/Seagram's), former ex-Story vocalist Jennifer Kimball is thriving musically and getting ready to record her next album. After thirteen years singing in her former band, the Story (which she and Jonatha Brooke started in the late '80s), Jennifer has established herself as a first-rate songwriter and solo performer. Story fans already familiar with the unmistakable sound of her harmony vocals, the ache in her soaring soprano and her dry sense of humor will not be surprised to hear the influence of bluegrass, rock, classical, and folk music in her new songs. Always one for musical surprises, Jenn, a long-time Boston resident has been involved in a new band called Wayfaring Strangers which dances stylistically between Billie Holiday and Bill Monroe. And Jennifer's background vocals can be heard on many new releases including: Catie Curtis, Patty Larkin, Lucy Kaplansky, Peter Mulvey, Kris Delmhorst and David Wilcox.
Winner of a 1999 Kahlua Boston Music Award, nominated for two other Boston Music Awards and for a Gavin Triple 'A' Artist and Album of the Year award as well, Jennifer also performed at the '98 and '99 Lilith Fair and the '99 Newport Folk Festival. She has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, etown with Marc Cohn, and in Acoustic Guitar magazine. Jennifer returns to Connecticut with the extraordinary electric guitar player, Marc Shulman (Suzanne Vega, Jewel, the Story), and her trademark cornucopia of little instruments: baritone ukulele, strumstick, acoustic guitar and piano.
"Kimball strikes her own singular balance of hooky melodies and pop orchestration with eccentric rhythms, delicious dissonances, and off-the-chart chord moves. Kimball's singing is gorgeous through-out, her lyrics are literate and true, and her playing on acoustic guitar, baritone ukulele, and strumstick is full of surprises and amazingly sophisticated considering that she only started to play these instruments seriouly in the last three years." - Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Acoustic Guitar, March 1999
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