Long Island singer-songwriter Jen Chapin will grace the stage of the Grounds and Sounds Café, the monthly live music coffee house in East Setauket, NY., on August 9 at 8:45 p.m. Jen will perform tunes from her highly acclaimed new album, Reckoning, accompanied by her virtuosic Grammy-nominated acoustic bassist/husband Stephan Crump and the "singular" (Village Voice) Jamie Fox on guitar.
“Jen Chapin faces her 'Reckoning' [with] her lush new recording which blends elements of jazz, folk and rock...” Los Angeles Times
"As the daughter of late folk legend Harry Chapin, it's not surprising that Jen Chapin has taken so naturally to intricate storytelling through song." ASCAP Playback
“Reckoning presents the singer at her most mature and most incisive artistically.. a winner.” Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
“Like a good novelist, it isn't in the climactic scenes that Jen Chapin's talents shine but in turning the mundanity of everyday life into delicate lyrical poems.” Chris Griffy, Examiner
Jen Chapin’s music is urban folk soul — story songs that search for community and shared meaning, powered by the funk and improvisation of the city. Critics have hailed her work as “brilliant.. soulfully poetic” (NPR), “thoughtful.. worth-savoring” (People), “addictive” (Boston Globe), “smart, observant, lyrically deft, politically aware and emotionally intuitive” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel). JazzTimes has called her “a first-rate storyteller” while Relix regards her as “one of the freshest voices singing today." Jen has been featured on “Late Nite with Conan O’Brien”, NPR’s Mountain Stage and WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Sirius Satellite’s The Loft with Mike Marrone and Mary Sue Twohy’s The Village, been honored by the USA Songwriting Competition, performed on stage with Bruce Springsteen, and opened up for Bruce Hornsby, Smokey Robinson, and the Neville Brothers. Jen's cover of Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" was prominently featured in a recent episode of the new SyFy series "Defiance".
Jen’s music reflects a diversity of experience. She is mother to 7 year old Maceo and 3 year old Van Crump, who most often accompany their parents on tour. She is an activist and educator, with a life-long involvement in WhyHunger (founded in 1975 by Jen’s late father Harry Chapin), an organization that champions innovative, community-based solutions to hunger and poverty.
To hear Jen's music, go to her website at: http://www.jenchapin.com/