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Jennifer Porter - 'Road to Redemption'

Review Written by Victoria Scott & Staff

The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for "We Are the Music Makers.' Jennifer Porter's Album "These Years" was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Album in the Roots / Americana / Bluegrass / Blues music category.

Jennifer Porter’s country gospel “Road to Redemption” from the album These Years is a story about a redemptive soul. The slow build in the drum groove introduces a soulful organ and bluesy piano. The chorus builds steadily as the deep lead vocals gracefully move along with the blues progression. The chorus repeats and a heavenly choir sings a warm harmony. There’s a distant echo in the background as the break comes in with the blues guitar singing the hook. Producer Jay Newland elevates Jennifer’s beautiful alto tone allowing the vocal performance to captivate your full attention.

When you've reached a breaking point, everything seems lost and unforgivable. Jennifer Porter's "Road to Redemptions" is about taking steps to be a better person. Lryically, the song explores an uncertain journey that pushes towards the path to atonement. Jennifer sings the chorus,

“Broken down on the road to redemption So far from home Lost my way Fell to my knees Now I’m lost on the road to redemption Broke down on the road to redemption.”

“Road to Redemption” is a song for the spirit and soul. Jennifer Porter is an awarding winning artist with exceptional musicality and unique artistry. Her use of analogies is brilliant and her stunning vocals delivery her words brilliantly. She sings with such ease and purpose, in a way that listeners become engrossed in her message. This song is solemn and has a profound emotional message about penitence. She conveys her message clearly and purely with dynamic instrumentation and velvet vocals. In "Road to Redemption", Jennifer Porter shines from the heart which seems to be where her music and message come from.

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About Jennifer Porter

Jennifer Porter is an award-winning musician, actor and screenwriter. Jennifer, who is a musician’s musician, has sung with Classical and Jazz Orchestras, including the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, and smaller combos including her own quintet. She is also an accomplished Blues pianist, and has played with C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band, Nathan and The Zydeco Cha-Chas, and Ils Sont Partis. Her musical repertoire spans from Jazz and Blues to Country and Opera. She has recorded 7 albums to date. Her last album, “These Years,” was recorded with producer Jay Newland. These Years has seen significant radio play and received rave reviews in Europe and The United States. Her song Road To Redemption, from These Years, charted at #1 on National Indie Radio, the Independent Music Network Country Charts, New Music Weekly’s Country Charts and National Radio Hits Country Charts. Road To Redemption also reached the top 3 on The Independent Music Network’s Mainstream charts, and National Radio Hits and New Music Weekly’s Adult Contemporary, and Top 40 charts. She was also nominated for 5 Independent Music Network awards and won Female Crossover Artist of the year. Her album Easy Living (2014),, was nominated for a 2015 Independent Music Award in the Jazz With Vocals category, and was heard on jazz stations around the United States, including KJAZZ in Los Angeles, WWOZ in New Orleans, and Public Radio International’s Jazz After Hours. Jennifer is currently working on an exciting new album with legendary producer, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie.

As an Actor, Jennifer starred in, and composed and performed the film score for BALLAD OF IDA AND DOOB (1999) and wrote, starred in, and composed and performed the film scores for the critically acclaimed MR. BARRINGTON (2003) and the multiple award-winning 40 WEST (2011). For her work on 40 WEST, Jennifer received Awards of Merit for Acting and Original Score from The Accolade Competition, Gold Prestige Awards for Acting, Original Score and Original Song, and a Silver Prestige Award for Original Screenplay.

Jennifer is a proud member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild of America, SAG / AFTRA, and Actors’ Equity Association.


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