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Editors’ Notes

At once rootsy, elegant and a little mystical, the Wailin’ Jennys advance their art further on Bright Morning Stars. Members Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta, and Heather Masse pool their talents as singer/songwriters to create a luminous harmony-centered sound fusing contemporary folk, traditional hymnody and vocal-jazz styles in varying measure. The trio moves easily from hip-swinging rhythmic tracks like “Mona Louise” and “Cherry Blossom Love” to Appalachian-accented folk ballads like “Bird Song” and otherworldly a cappella pieces like the title tune. Lyrically, a spirit of resolve through hard times resonates within these songs, heard in the billowy opening tune “Swing Low Sail High,” the stirring, Indigo Girls-like “You Are Here” and the waltzing closer “Last Goodbye.” The Jennys wail most righteously on “Storm Comin,’” a defiant tune with the earthiness of a Southern spiritual. Mark Howard and David Travers-Smith’s production keeps the trio’s voices front and center, surrounding them with tasty acoustic textures along with electric guitar, brass, and understated percussion.

Customer Reviews

Amazing talent and lyrics. Absolutely beautiful music. Seriously. Beautiful.

Wow! Just saw them live in Crested Butte!! Absolutely amazing. Great stories behind their songs, inspiring talent and beautiful voices. Seriously. If you get the chance, go see them live. Go. Now.
And if not, at least buy these CDs!


Heard the Wailin Jenny's for the first time on Prairie Home Companion today. Loved the song, "Storm Comin," so I had to look them up. Rarely, if ever, have I purchased an album where I loved every song. The quality of their voices and the sweetness of their harmony make this one I will listen to time and again.

Something new for the Jennys

If you are fimiliar with The Wailin' Jennys, you know they are famous for their amazing harmonies that if heard live, will drop your jaw to the ground. This new album sounds a little different to me then "40 Days," it is a little softer (almost bluesy in a country way) and seems to focus a little more on their instruments then previous albums. That is not to say that you wont hear their harmonies which are still loud and clear, it is just interesting to hear the drums and other new additions. If you are looking for something a lot like their older stuff, I recommend "Bird Song," but I love to hear artists dabbling in new things, so I recommend it all to folks who are generally excited about the Jennys.


Formed: 2002 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Canadian folk trio the Wailin' Jennys began as a onetime-only grouping of three singer/songwriters, but musical chemistry and audience response turned them into an ongoing band. Alto Cara Luft, the daughter of professional folksingers, had played with the Lilith Fair tour in Calgary and released her own album; mezzo-soprano Nicky Mehta also had her own disc, Weather Vane; and soprano Ruth Moody, the lead singer for the roots band Scruj MacDuhk, had issued Blue Muse. But when they played together...
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