- 19 Feb 18
She started out as a painter, but there was a moment when she realised she wanted to write songs. Now she has worked with Glen Hansard, Mark Geary, Mark Dignam, her partner Brendan O’Shea – and a whole lot more…
Jenna Nicholls was raised on the radio. In a house outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania she devoured both classical and jazz stations. She burned out a cassette of Nat King Cole and watched Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire musicals on loop.
“There’s a groove, an old Hollywood sound that I group up with. There was something about that format that I really liked. Irving Berlin, Gershwin. It was such strong stuff. It was melody writing, when melody writing actually meant something.”
On Wednesday 21 February, Jenna Nicholls releases her third studio album Radio Parade, and the East Village darling has never been more herself. It is the ideal moment to talk to her about life, art and the new record.