On September 10th, Jenny Mitchell will release her new single, ‘Wildfires’, the title track from her upcoming album due for release later this year. Jenny’s previous album, The Old Oak, debuted at #1 on the NZ Country iTunes Charts and #2 on the Independent Music NZ Charts, receiving critical acclaim around the globe. John Apice, from No Depression Magazine, perhaps put it best when he said Jenny ‘doesn’t deserve to be discovered 40 years from now. She deserves to be listened to now.’
At just 19 years of age, Jenny has won a NZ Gold Guitar Award, an MLT Songwriting Award and was named Southland Entertainer of the Year. She’s a graduate of the Australian Academy of Country Music and is one of New Zealand’s brightest rising stars, moulding country, folk and Americana into her own unique style. And at the heart of it all is her love of storytelling.
‘Wildfires’ was written about a toxic relationship in an attempt, Jenny says, ‘to explain why I opted to stay in a relationship for so long. When you’re wrapped up in that emotion it’s hard to grasp any perspective, and I really wanted to paint a picture of what that feels like.’
It’s a story of passion and intoxication with an urgent, Americana feel. ‘Wildfires burn so easily,’ sings Jenny at the close, and this track is destined to burn itself into audiences’ hearts and minds.
Recorded at Love HZ Studios in Sydney, ‘Wildfires’ was produced by Matt Fell, who has worked with artists including Brad Butcher, Fanny Lumsden, Shane Nicholson and Sara Storer. ‘I listened to so many records while searching for the right producer for this project,’ says Jenny, ‘and all my favourites had the same name in the production credits: Matt Fell. I’m such a fan of all his work and I’m so glad the universe kept pointing me in his direction.’
Both Jenny’s debut and upcoming second album were crowd-funded, proving beyond doubt that her music has struck a chord with the public. She’s played support for Jason Kerrison and iconic New Zealanders The Warratahs and, having already toured in Australia, Ireland and Sweden, she’ll be returning to Australia for festival appearances and headline shows. ‘The voice of a lioness, the soul of a sage,’ remarked Luka Bloom, and you can hear her roar – in the most melodic way possible – on the following dates:
Jenny will be playing an exclusive Southland Single Release Show in Invercargill on Friday 14th September. Expect a night of storytelling from Jenny & her incredible band – Mike Hood (Moeraki) & Jeff, James & Ben Rea (Crookston). Tickets available here - https://www.ticketdirect.co.nz/event/details/186511/jenny-mitchell