Jennifer DeFrayne is a self-taught pianist and composer. She won 'Best New Artist' for 2014 at the ZMR Awards in May 2015 for her album ‘By a Wire’ which includes other musicians, many Grammy Award winning/nominated and ZMR Award winning/nominated artists, such as Jeff Oster, Tony Levin, Fiona Joy, Eugene Friesen, Jill Haley, Jeff Haynes, Charlie Bisharat and more.
Her music is beautiful piano-based instrumental music that expresses the emotional journey of everyday life. Sharing hopes, dreams and the stories we hold closest to our hearts, Jennifer is driven by a passion to 'connect with the wires', an ability to speak through her music, and captures the listener with evocative performances that are heartfelt and inspirational.
Most of her compositions have always come from an improvisational song writing approach. Even from a young age of 5 she was in love with the baby grand piano she grew up with and by 13 was improvising and writing music she would then memorize. Later in her teens, she realized that there were others out there making music the way she did – in the flow, from the heart and gut like George Winston. That changed Jennifer’s life, and she went on to find additional influences like Liz Story, Yanni and more. She is able to find inspiration for her music in many different areas of life, from growing up in a small town in northern Michigan, where the beautiful nature of the area inspired her, the loss of loved ones, the joys of children, to the inspirations of overcoming personal health challenges.
Her 2014 debut album, ‘By a Wire’, has been hailed as both “an auspicious debut recording” and a “deeply moving listening experience.” Jennifer recorded ‘By a Wire’ with dynamic co-producers pianist/producer Fiona Joy and legendary Will Ackerman (Founder of Windham Hill Records) at his Imaginary Road Studios. But not long before that, doing any such thing truly was an “imaginary road” for the young mother of two, who had suffered a devastating stroke just four years earlier in 2009.
Jennifer says "The Piano is my haven amidst turmoil and loss and my happy place in times of joy. I will always run to it when I need to tap deeper into emotions. In some ways it saved my life." ~ Jennifer DeFrayne
Her second album "Sisu" was released in March of 2017 co-produced with her husband, and Grammy Award winning Producer and Engineer Corin Nelsen.
"Jennifer DeFrayne's music comes from passion, emotion and a story worth telling. Her music is real and it is deeply touching." ~ Fiona Joy
"Music is the language from the heart, when you can't find the words to speak." ~ Jennifer DeFrayne
Comments by Jennifer DeFrayne
@encourage-2: Thank you so very much! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it. Please take a listen to my most recent album Sisu. I'd love to hear what you think. :)
Love this message and your voice!
Great, Love this!
Wow, so emotional. Great!
@encourage-2: Thank you!!