- The Fairfield County Weekly (CT)
Jenny Goodspeed is a singer, songwriter, and vocal arranger based in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. A founding member of Americana harmony trio The Boxcar Lilies, she regularly performs with the band, playing bass and guitar and creating harmony arrangements for many songs in the band's repertoire.
Goodspeed began writing and performing songs in Colorado during the rich Boulder/Denver acoustic music scene of the mid-90s where she played local venues and festivals and recorded a demo with respected producer Patrick Brickel (Greg Brown). After moving to Western Massachusetts in 1999, she unexpectedly rediscovered her love for theater and spent the next decade acting with local theater companies. All the while, she continued to write songs, quietly hone her craft, and occasionally perform live.
In 2007 a concert presenter heard Goodspeed sing at a festival and offered to finance a CD. The end result was the release of her debut album Under the Ash Tree, a sparkling fusion of folk, pop, and Americana drawing on influences from 70s era singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, and James Taylor.
Under the Ash Tree debuted at #12 on the Roots Music Report Folk Top 50 and spent five weeks in the Top 20. Songs from the record were added to over 100 radio stations in 30 states and earned Goodspeed finalist slots in numerous songwriting competitions including the 2009 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase and the 2009 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest.
In 2009, Goodspeed shifted focus from solo musical pursuits to performing as a founding member of The Boxcar Lilies. Read more about The Boxcar Lilies here
"We are fortunate to live in an area that is rich with talented singer-songwriters and we can now add Goodspeed to this esteemed group." - Sheryl Hunter, The Recorder (Greenfield,MA)
"Jenny Goodspeed is just folk enough to sound authentic and just pop enough to keep the attention of the ever-shuffling iPod crowd. With a voice as soft as velvet (and almost as rich)...soft vocals, lulling guitars and harrowing cellos are laid out gently, like jewels, each getting a chance to glimmer." - The Fairfield County Weekly (CT)
"[Under the Ash Tree] is a sparkling folk-pop album guaranteed to brighten your day. Her wry comments about relationships seem personal but universal enough that you'll find yourself nodding your head and thinking, "How did she slip into my life?" - Jamie Anderson, Minor 7th
"There's a solidity to Goodspeed's lyrical poetry and more than a little bit of Joni Mitchell in her voice as she sings: "And the tide rolls in / Whether or not I see you again / And the salt green gray / Comes right to my doorstep then / follows the moon back to the sea / With or without me." What a pleasure. What a great find." - Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live! (NY)
"A sparkling folk-pop album guaranteed to
brighten your day." --Minor 7th
Under the Ash Tree (2007)
Knockout Rose (2015)
Sugar Shack (2013)
Beth DeSombre, At Home in This Town (2010)
Dave Potts, Southside Diner (2000)
Written by Jenny Goodspeed and sung by The Boxcar Lilies
Written by James Taylor and sung by The Boxcar Lilies
-2016 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Tricentric Showcase Artist
-2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival: Voted #1 Most Wanted Emerging Artist
-2013 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Formal Showcase Artist
-2012 International Folk Alliance Official Showcase Artist
-2009 Northeast Regional Finalist, Mountain Stage NewSong Contest
-2009 Emerging Artist, Falcon Ridge/Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase
-2009 Winner (Folk), Ourstage.com and 3rd place overall
-2009 Winner (Americana/Alt-Country), Ourstage.com and 3rd place overall
-2009 Honorable Mention, American Songwriter Lyrics Contest
-2008 Winner, Portland Songwriter Association Songwriting Contest (Folk/Acoustic)
-2008 Finalist, Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest
-2008 Finalist, Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition
-2008 Showcase Finalist,Plowshares Songwriting Competition
-2008 Showcase Finalist, Solarfest Songwriter Competition
-2008 Finalist, Susqehanna Music & Arts Festival Songwriting Contest
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