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About Jenna Renae


Jenna Renae is an up and coming singer-songwriter with the gift of story-telling through music. A singer from a young age, Jenna’s love of music developed when she was very young. At the age of 15, she began writing and performing her original music. John Mandeville, a producer with Artist Map, discovered her a few years later. He worked closely with her to form her craft and together in 2011 they released her debut album, Wishing. Wishing tells the story of heartache and happy endings through original words and music. A moving storyteller, Jenna Renae allows the listener to experience firsthand the emotions behind her music. Wishing is an eclectic mix of musical styles that will leave you with an inspiring message of love and hope.

Since then, Jenna has performed at gigs around Rochester, N.Y. including the Texaco Country Showdown and the NY State Fair. Recently moved to Charlotte, Jenna is now plunging into the singer-songwriter scene in Charlotte.

Beyond local gigs, Jenna recently had the opportunity to appear on America’s Got Talent, auditioning in front of the celebrity judges in New Jersey. She made it through to the Judge Cuts round. Her audition can be seen here.

Jenna Renae just auditioned for the farewell season of American Idol. Make sure to watch American Idol in January 2016 to see if she made it past the celebrity judges!


From the Artist:

Before you begin to listen to my music, I think it is important that you know a little bit about who I am. After all, music is simply an extension of the self. It is the stories about all that we have encountered, seen, and felt; the passions of love, the regret of choices we can’t take back, the resonance of the nights we can’t forget.  Music is simply stories. Wishing is my story.

A songwriter is nothing more then a storyteller. I hope that my story affects you on some level, however small.

Raised in a small town, I grew up in a place where life stays simple. I had a beautiful childhood with parents who loved me, and little brother who was always willing to take adventures with me. I grew older and became a high school student; the time in life when everything becomes confused with hormones, feelings and all the other crazy things young people are bombarded with. Like others, my first love inspired me to write my own music. I’d been singing every since I could talk, but it was that kind of overwhelming love that inspired me to put the pen to the page. From that point on, I kept writing. Most of the songs on my first album are written about my journey with love. It is one of those beautifully tragic stories. But I will write more about that at a later time.

Now, here I am. I graduated from high school and because of happenstance, met an extremely talented man who became my producer. Together we created the album you are about to hear – “Wishing.”

The title of the album was inspired by a couple of things. First of all, it is the title of my favorite song on the album. But more then that, I believe it sums up my story until now. It captures the feelings of the many hours spent staring out a window, the tears, laughter, and challenges of love. It echoes the idea that through even in our darkest times, we can still find a star of hope and wish for our own happy ending.

Life is an ever-changing journey filled with mountains and valleys, but the one constant is hope. That being said, I hope this album will bring you joy and hope. My heart and soul were poured into every word I wrote.

May the journey always inspire you.

Never stop Wishing.

~ Jenna Renae