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Jenni & The Hummingbird

“Being truly yourself comes with resistance. We are surrounded by individuals who mimic behaviors without ever finding the rhythm of their own dance. When you embrace and express yourself, you get to experience true identity; the dark and the light. My music is my true identity.”-Jenni

Jenni & the Hummingbird is a vibrant light—shaped by the darkness. Surrendering to her music, she expresses from within it and uses her ethereal voice to chant poetic lyrics that dance through layers of simple melody. Her music hums with the earth and draws listeners into the sonic spaces she creates from above. Her sound launches itself from the summit of a mountain into the mists of the unknown below. Each phrase comes from nothing, swells into feeling, and dissipates back into the mist.

Jenni Roberge of Jenni & the Hummingbird grew up in Stratford, Prince Edward Island, steps away from the ocean’s edge. She started playing music so that she could practice dance. After ballet classes, Jenni would come home and have no way of practicing because she did not have the music at home—until she found a toy piano with a record function. Jenni began going to her ballet classes with the intention of remembering the music. She would come home letting the music flow from her mind and onto her piano. She worked meticulously to learn the songs by ear so that she could dance from within her own music. This meticulous work ethic is something that has stayed with her.

Jenni’s musical influences are Thom Yorke, Agnes Obel, Aurora Aksnes, David Bowie, Prince, Elliott Smith, Enya, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Ólafur Arnalds, Yann Tiersen and  Ludovico Einaudi. Her nonmusical influences are
Marina Abramović, William Wordsworth, Edmund Spenser, and John Keats. 

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