“Jennifer is the New England Music Awards reigning Female Performer of the Year and you’ll see why with this song. An epic, sweeping ballad of sorts with influences firmly rooted in Americana, Pop and Alternative. The song feels practically stadium-ready and features a powerhouse performance from Jennifer." Graeme WXRV 92.5 The River
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Jennifer Tefft - Better Days
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2021 Winner of the New England Music Awards "Female Performer of the Year", Jennifer Tefft is a fired up, energizing presence that creates earthy music from its roots and breathes fresh, soulful, rock and roll life into them. Her music combines intense rhythms with melancholy textures and haunting vocals that wind easily from darkly ethereal to outspoken, creating her own brand of Gritty-Lush Alternative Rock.
After getting her start playing for change in the subways and streets of Cambridge, MA, Jennifer Tefft met guitarist John Parrillo met and they quickly began writing and playing together as a duo. Following several years playing the circuit in Boston and Cambridge, they released their first cd Dig This Thing along with bass player Jeff St. Pierre and drummer Phil Antoniades. They soon hit the road playing shows along the Eastern seaboard and the Midwest. Since then they have gone on to release four more CDs on Tefft's own Gypsy Spin Music label.
All five releases have received critical acclaim such as a 2019 New England Music Award Nomination for "Best In State". Boston Music Award nomination for Best Female Vocalist, and a “Boston’s Best Unsigned Band" nod by local press. Shift was awarded “Best Alternative Album” by the Just Plain Folks association in Hollywood, CA. Twelve MyFm Local Music Award nominations and Four Local Music Awards. Songs from all 4 releases have been and continue to be used on National Television shows such as Cruel Summer, CSI, MTV, Stargate Universe, One Life To Live, The Young & The Restless and many others.
Tefft has shared the stage with a diverse range of artists, from Aerosmith, Warrant & Quiet Riot to Sarah McLachlan, Missing Persons, Grant Hart & The Sheila Divine to Ellis Paul and many others.
Tefft currently performs as a solo or duo or full band show and is currently working on new music.
“Her earnest lyrics are delivered with both power and grace. Where some singers are compared to wine or whiskey, Jennifer’s voice is like a deep cordial that needs to be savored sip by sip. Her style has an edge that has not gone dull over the years and her newest songs, especially after the pandemic, are stand-outs in the Boston music scene. " Cat Wilson- Cheap Seats / Ocean 104.7fm
"Boston’s Jennifer Tefft proves herself a powerful force
with new song" Skopemag.com
"A true story teller, Jenn does it again with a glimpse into the ups and downs of life but with the backdrop of looking forward and staying positive. A wonderfully orchestrated song with great hooks and and her hauntingly beautiful vocals.
Love at first listen." Adam Signore Mark Skin Radio
" Jennifer Tefft is rare type of singer who can go from sublime to a roar and never lose the song. Better Days , her new single, features poignant lyrics, powerful vocals and lyrical depth that stands out in this time of processed pop.
Great song!!" Art Fredette Radioradiox
"I have been a fan of Jennifer Tefft’s music going back to the old Mama Kin days in Boston. Her earnest lyrics are delivered with a both power and grace. Where some singers are compared to wine or whiskey, Jennifer’s voice is like a deep cordial that needs to be savored sip by sip. Her style has an edge that has not gone dull over the years and her newest songs, especially after the pandemic, are stand-outs in the Boston music scene. " Cat Wilson- Cheap Seats / Ocean 104.7fm
GHETTOBLASTER MAGAZINE 1/21/21 SINGLE / VIDEO PREMIERE!
"Boston-based songwriter and alt-rocker Jennifer Tefft shares a powerful new song + video. “Better Days” is a hopeful anthem that aims to cut through the noise...With an affinity for the darker side of alternative rock, “Better Days” juxtaposes the hopeful message with ominous undertones showing that there are always two sides to life, the dark, and the light. It’s a fitting message for the start of 2021." (Tommy Johnson, GhettoBlaster)
REVIEW FIX.COM EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ABOUT BETTER DAYS 1/22/2021
"Better Days was written in early April 2020. Everything had just been shut down. All of my gigs were canceled. I also teach group music classes to young children and their parents- so that was shut down as well. I’d spent several years getting back on my feet after a run in with breast cancer and an unexpected divorce. I had finally gotten to a place where I was not just surviving, but thriving- and then it all got taken away. Millions of us are in the same situation. I needed to write a song that acknowledged the challenges and the absolute shittiness of the situation but that looked ahead to hope and Better Days."
MUSICBOXPETE FEATURE 1/22/21
"A fitting title for what we're all hoping to experience more of this year, and shows off a burgeoning talent who has a smoky dexterity to her vibe that emits a strong sense of hope and positivity.)
"Jennifer Tefft is one of the great undiscovered secrets around Boston. She has a belter’s voice, a theatrical flair, a knack for melody, and a hard-driving spirit that infuses her original material as well as her offbeat covers "
“Jennifer combines assertive vocal power with screaming guitar passages and rhythmic jabs...a searing rock star...Jennifer’s voice is perfect for big mainstream rock but still maintains the quiet elegance of some of today’s finest pop crooners. Her music is the spiritual sister to the angst-ridden pop of Alanis Morrissette and the melodic rock of Chrissie Hynde.”
(Shock Value Music Website Artist of the Month)
“There is nothing more exciting than a kick ass rock band fronted by a rowdy and sexy female vocal- ist!... Tefft and her energized band are like a rock and roll steamroller. They come at you in waves of dynamic force, with a hammering rhythm section and exceptional lead guitar...Keep your eyes on this shooting star!” (theglobalmuse.com)
“If there ever was a future Goddess of rock, Jennifer Tefft is just the person to fill those enormous shoes. I haven't heard a rock sound from a female that stuck in my head like this music is so long. Jennifer has a great vocal style that pulls the listener in and controls them with her beautiful tones and vibratos. This is music that I would love to hear a lot more of. Music with a mature appeal and a slight raw rock power to it. If there is one name that you remember, Jennifer Tefft should be the one. Mark my words, this is THE Rock Goddess of the future. Here she is in all of her future glory. -(Michael Allison - theglobalmuse.com)
“Whoever said girls can’t rock? Jennifer takes it more seriously than some. She’s not after the headbangers, she’s not looking for a hard edge you could cut yourself on, she’s just a cat crawling between electric guitars using her whiskers to avoid the shocks....now that meredith brooks is out of the running, we could all use a better bitch to prod and squeeze and look up to!” (musicdish.com)
This band is based in the Boston, Massachusetts area...this is how rock was meant to be played. Jennifer's clean, passionate and at times soaring vocals backed up by her band comprised of solid musicians is definitely a great listen. (buzzemporium.com)