An Ontario singer-songwriter who is making her mark at home and abroad is slated to perform in Yarmouth County later this month, a performance that will benefit a family in crisis.
JENNA Nation – an Ottawa-raised, Toronto-based artist who has just released a new album – will appear at the Père Maurice LeBlanc theatre in Tusket Nov. 25. She will do two shows, the first from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the second from 9:30 to 11 p.m.
Her latest album, You Don’t Know, offers elements of the various sounds that have influenced her, including 90s’ R & B, soul, jazz, pop and hip-hop, “which she brilliantly mixes together ... to create something uniquely Jenna,” says her bio.
She worked on the album on both sides of the border: in Toronto, New York City and Los Angeles.
“I feel truly lucky to have had some of the best in the industry working with me to create a project that I feel is a true reflection of who JENNA Nation really is,” she said.
The album was a time-consuming project but was worth the effort, she said.
“It’s truly an incredible feeling to hear your ideas and everything you could have hoped for and more come together to share with the world,” she said.
This is the fourth album for the 25-year-old. She did her first two when she was in her teens. Those were jazz albums. Her third disc, from three years ago, was her first album of original music and it also marked a move away from jazz to a more R & B/pop sound, a transition she made after four years studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
“R & B seemed to come more naturally to me in terms of writing,” she said. “Also (at Berklee) I was exposed to it more. I was able to experiment in my classes and with my peers.”
She has been in Toronto for three-and-a-half years and says she likes it there, particularly given the big music-industry scene.
“I’m right in the city so I get to experience a lot of live music and it’s good for me as well to promote my music and have lots of shows,” she said. “I get to meet people from all over as well, which is nice.”
Known as Jenna Glatt before taking on the name JENNA Nation, she has performed at various music festivals and other events. Her recent accolades include being selected best artist at the world’s largest urban music festival and conference this year in Holland.
Her upcoming appearance in Tusket will be her first time performing in Nova Scotia, although she said she has been to the province before.
Admission is $33 in advance or at the door.