Jenny Lewis
Jenny Lewis
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Genre: Folk / Rock
Online: Artist Website


Born in Las Vegas in early 1977, singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis is one of indie rock's treasured characters, known for her work as the primary vocalist of Rilo Kiley as well as her burgeoning solo career. A former child actress, she helped launch Rilo Kiley in 1998 with fellow musicians Blake Sennett, Pierre de Reeder, and Dave Rock (who was later replaced by Jason Boesel in 2001). Lewis steadily developed her own vocal style, drawing from the sly country twang of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Patsy Cline while remaining indebted to pop music. Collaborations with the Good Life, Cursive, and the Postal Service helped expand her audience, and Lewis began working on her debut solo effort in the midst of Rilo Kiley's third full-length release, More Adventurous. Rabbit Fur Coat was released in 2006, featuring vocals by Kentucky-born singers Chandra and Leigh Watson (thus the moniker Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins) as well as contributions by M. Ward, Ben Gibbard, Jason Boesel, and Conor Oberst, who released the record on his own Team Love label. Jenny Lewis then made the jump to Warner Bros. for the release of Rilo Kiley's Under the Blacklight, which gave the band an unprecedented amount of chart success in the U.S. and overseas. Following that album's accompanying tour, Lewis announced that her sophomore solo effort, Acid Tongue, would be released in September 2008.[AMG Andrew Leahey & MacKenzie Wilson]