Jennifer Bloomer has been performing her own heartfelt songs
for over 20 years. Her music is a blending of pop, jazz, contemporary folk and
classical with soulful melodies and themes.
Growing up in the California Bay Area in a family of classical composers
and jazz musicians, Jennifer was heavily influenced by both genres of
music. She began writing music at the age of seven, and began performing
her pieces at various venues by age ten. Her early tunes were thoughtful
and reflective, with a classical sound. At age 16 Jennifer wrote her
classical solo piano piece, "Andante De Amor", which she features
on her debut album, "Ebb & Flow", and which she performed
live the year she wrote it at a composer's concert at Stanford University.
While in high school and college, Jennifer was very involved in singing
a jazz band, ensemble groups, as well as singing and acting in theatrical
musical productions. For the next ten years after college her songs began
to take on a more jazz/pop feel, which she refers to as her "jazz years",
although a classical-sounding piece would come through now and then, such
as "Green Forest", written at age 20. By age 21 Jennifer began recording
some of her tunes, gaining her initial experience in the recording studio.
In 1987, Jennifer joined the Northern California Songwriters Association
and began performing regularly at open mics throughout the south Bay Area.
She won first place in an open mic competition in 1991 for "Best Performer"
while playing her feisty Latin jazz piece, "This Man From Chile". She
also began playing her tunes at festivals, bookstores, and coffee houses.
In 1992 Jennifer completed her first substantial recording project:
six song recording of her then recent jazz/pop tunes, entitled "Sitting
Pretty". She continued performing at open mics, weddings, and coffee
houses; then in 1995 produced her second recording on cassette entitled
By this time, with two small children under the age of five, Jennifer
decided to give performing a rest and just focus on being a full
mom. Out of this time of "rest" began her spiritual awakening, which
led ultimately to the creation of a whole new wealth of songs, all
of a spiritual nature. These new songs contain some of the jazz
undertones and contemporary folk as well some a more classical feeling,
Jennifer's earliest influences. She began performing her new spiritual
tunes regularly at New Thought churches as well as other spiritual
gatherings throughout Santa Cruz County where she was then living.
In 1999 Jennifer began working with producer/mentor Paul Wagner
on her debut album, "Ebb & Flow". The needs of this
project led her to return to school to study music theory and composition
for one year to gain the appropriate skills to arrange her solo
piano pieces for other musicians on her album, including oboe, cello,
trumpet, and tin Celtic low whistle, performed by David Brewer.
While working on the album she performed in several
full-length house concerts, songwriter's showcases, as well as many
churches.During this time she also formed an early music vocal ensemble,
which performed for several years. She began teaching her unique
method of voice lessons in 2004.
She currently lives in Santa Cruz, California,
with her husband and two teen daughters. Jennifer completed her second album,
entitled "Soul's Expression", as well she is writing a
musical theatrical production inspired by the wisdom in nature.