“Jennifer Grassman has a voice all her own
in a world of conformity.”
– Brain Ray, Bassist & Guitarist for Paul McCartney
An award winning sing-songwriter, pianist, and recording artist, Jennifer Grassman has defined herself in the music world by specializing in scintillating compositions inspired by classic literature and film. Her piano arrangements have been compared to the works of Eric Satie, Chopin, Tori Amos, Vienna Teng, Kate Bush, and Danny Elfman. Her voice has been compared to that of Loreena McKennitt, Celtic Woman, Tarja Turunen, Amy Lee of Evanescence, Sarah McLachlan, and Sarah Brightman.
The majority of Grassman’s songs are inspired by classic literature, including books like At The Back Of The North Wind by George MacDonald, The Chronicles of Narnia and Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis, The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, and timeless who-done-its by Agatha Christie and her famous sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Grassman has even been inspired by classic films, such as Rear Window by Alfred Hitchcock, The Wizard Of Oz, and Casablanca.
“One of the more intriguing albums I’ve heard in a while, Grassman’s 58-minute opus is a unique mix of bombastic prog rock, piano pop, and opera. The versatile Texan says she drew on 1930s influences such as Duke Ellington, Dinah Washington, and Frank Sinatra to write these songs, which she hopes will encourage listeners through the recession as those artists did during the Great Depression. A concept album laden with classical and theatrical flourishes, Serpent Tales progresses through songs of confusion and sadness ultimately arriving at joy and peace.”
– Christianity Today
“Grassman is unflappably sweet and good-natured in person, a chirpy sweetheart who loves to drink tea and cuddle with her cats. But it’s a striking contrast to the music on her disc: a swirl of lush arrangements and emotional, tumultuous lyrics. There are tempestuous pianos, crashing drums and velvety vocals … There’s a spiritual quality to several songs on Serpent Tales & Nightingales, but it’s not an overtly religious album. The music is artful and accessible. Red is whimsical and clever; The Search has a devious charm; and Praying to the Walls is anchored by searing guitar work (courtesy of Jason Greenberg, Grassman’s husband).”
– Houston Chronicle
“Like many of her contemporaries (Kate Bush, Loreena McKennitt, Tori Amos) Jennifer Grassman’s music is not easily classified and offers a range of musical styles including the 1930’s jazz of “The Haunting” and “The Mad, Mad March Hare Acoustic Exposition”. Lyrically, Grassman writes songs that tell a story and often contain references to great literature.”
“There is just something compelling about Jennifer Grassman. Her music craft is a combination of the guitar melodies, piano, and orchestra ensemble. Combined with her amazing lyrics and of course her incredible vocal range is a recipe that will captivate and make the listener wonder what style of music she belongs to. Is she mainstream pop or is it theatrical? In most of her music, it is both.”
– All Indie Music
“A chilling melody plays around you, haunting lyrics drawing you into a story, pulling emotions from you, creating a vivid image of a world you somehow know. You’ve just heard a Jennifer Grassman song. Her musical prowess is surpassed by none. A genius in her own right, Jennifer has an uncanny ability to beautifully blend genres and styles that create a unique jazzy, pop, rock sound that stands far above anything heard on the radio these days. This kind of musician comes along once every 100 years and it’s our extreme luck to have her.”
– Twisted Peppermint