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Trina Willard & Joe Jencks
Empty Sea Studios
Seattle, WA
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Trina Willard & Joe Jencks
Trina Willard is a third generation folk singer from Missouri, her musical roots grounded both in the Southern Baptist music she grew up with and the traditional Appalachian songs her grandparents brought to her from the coal mines.  During her early years in St. Louis, she performed with St. Louis Opera Theater as well as the Repertory Theater of St. Louis.  Upon moving to the Northwest her folk roots were nurtured by our region's vibrant folk music scene.

She has performed with the Seattle Peace Chorus, which also commissioned her work as a composer, debuting one of her pieces at the International Choral Festival in Santiago de Cuba.  Trina directed the vocal trio, Trillium, writing unique harmonies for traditional and original spirituals, folk songs, and a cappella works.  She has performed her uplifting, socially conscious music across the country at conferences, protests, and gatherings, anywhere people want to sing their hopes, dreams, questions, and passion for life.

"One of the purest voices mixed with a soul from heaven leaves us with a musical experience not to be forgotten."

"A voice like Baez with poetry that rivals Emily Saliers."

Joe Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator.  From venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, to coffee houses, festivals, spiritual communities, and schools, Joe Jencks has spent the last nine years touring full time. His songs have traveled to every continent via radio, CDs, web casts, and other musicians. He is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts, inviting them to open. His songs invite us to live inside of our passions and our beliefs.

Jencks applies his conservatory training to a contemporary genre, and offers the listener the best of both worlds. Drawing on his Irish heritage (dual U.S./Irish Citizen), Jencks uses his lush and lyrical voice to enchant, heal, and inspire. Jencks has won numerous songwriting awards and is also highly regarded as a song interpreter. Joe's latest release, Links In A Chain, highlights this aspect of his work.

Links In A Chain is Jencks' 7th CD, and his finest work to date.  The recording features six new original compositions and six songs written by some of Jencks' mentors and influences. Included are songs by folk legends Phil Ochs and Bob Gibson, as well as a vivid rendition of the American classic, Joe Hill. In his original compositions, Jencks explores a wide range of topics, including family history, staying in love, and a brand new piece in the Irish tradition called "On Eireann's Shore."  This beautifully lilting love song genuinely honors his heritage, and sounds as if it could have been written a century ago.  A Grammy winning team of engineers and supporting musicians contribute to make the recording an exceptional piece of work from start to finish. Guests include: Jon Carroll (Mary Chapin Carpenter's pianist) on keyboards, Pat Wictor on slide-guitars, Jim Robeson (Bass & recording engineer) and Charlie Pilzer (mixing and mastering engineer).

Joe's recent release The Candle And The Flame gained international acclaim and made it to the top of the Folk charts in the US.  Links In A Chain is expected to do the same. This recording combines many facets of Joe's diverse musical background and weaves them all together in an aural tapestry that is warm and exquisite. Jencks has the passion of Gospel singer, the knowledge of a classical vocalist, and the soul of an Irish Tenor. And at the center of Joe's music is an abiding love for humanity that transcends the everyday and boarders on the mystical.


Empty Sea Studios
6300 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Empty Sea Studios
On BPT Since: Feb 14, 2009
Michael Connolly

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