Melodies that stick in your head in a good way... A voice that cuts through over a hip-hop beat... Songs that take you on a journey and crossover from the acoustic delicacy of 'Falling', alongside the 80s electro inspired 'Make Believe' and the dark string hooks of 'Immortal'. In short with Jeni Saint you get style AND substance. With a classical training and a catalogue of popular inspiration (including Fiona Apple, Beck, Blondie, Nancy Sinatra, Human League) Jeni moved from her south coast hometown to London and hit the acoustic circuit. Gigging several times a week at the height of the acoustic movement in such venues as The Borderline and the 12-Bar Club. Whilst she initially accompanied herself on the keyboard, it wasn't long before she realised she wanted to stand out from the crowd and swapped the keyboard for her cello. With this set up, she was one of the first artists to perform at the Lock Tavern's acoustic night and was also the first acoustic artist to play at the Big Chill's Enchanted Garden Festival. However, entrancing as this arrangement was, the sound still needed a boost so Jeni set about finding some collaborators. What followed was a period of experimentation and discovery. She played with folk trios, funk bands, chill out groups and even wove her electric-cello melodies into a rock- metal inspired scenario. Slightly deafened by this experience, she set up a home studio and began to program her own tracks. One thread remained the same throughout this time - the strength of her songs. The inspiration could spring from a small feeling or observation: 'Maybe later, the feelings turn into thoughts I can translate with a note or two, a chord or three and hums and whispers later. Sometimes I write at the piano to figure out chords but the cello is great for riffs and patterns.' After all this exploration and having kicked the computer once too many times, she realised what was missing from the jigsaw puzzle - a legendary beatmeister... A few months later, some friends told her of a new studio set-up in West London so she marched up there, tunes in tow. There she found her musical other half in Full Phatt producer, Matt Ward. His re-mixing and production experience (Christina Milian, Outkast, Mutya, Fried) complimented Jeni's songwriting and classical training. It was from that moment that the album 'Orchids' was born. A mysterious flower that's ready to blossom... 'This album gels like I always dreamed it would. Every element of everything I ever learned has somehow come together. The electro, the hip hop, the classical and the folk. I think I found my spark...'
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