Jennifer Foster is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter and musician who has released three solo albums, and has also contributed her talents to some of the country’s finest acts.
Jennifer’s latest full-length recording, Songs From the Alien Beacon, is a wide-ranging collection of songs which earned a JUNO nomination for Producer of the Year for Michael Phillip Wojewoda. It features a co-write with new-wave pioneer Carole Pope, and memorable performances from keyboardist Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), bassists Chris Stringer and Maury LaFoy, and guitarists Martin Tielli (Rheostatics), Kurt Swinghammer, and Ford Pier. The result is an intoxicating album that fuses art-rock and pure pop.
As a singer and multi-instrumentalist Jennifer has lent her musical know-how to many on the Canadian music scene. In addition to touring and recording with The Pursuit of Happiness, she has appeared on numerous recordings by artists including the Rheostatics, Flashed Lightnin’, Kevin Hearn & Thinbuckle, and Melanie Doane.
She has two previous solo albums under her belt. TPOH front man Moe Berg produced her first album, Speedyhead, alongside Paul Myers. Anything but sophomoric, Speedyhead presents at once the young artist’s depth of imagination, vulnerability and savvy. Foster then headed to Los Angeles to record her second CD, Fit For Mars. A voyage of discovery in more that one sense, Fit For Mars, produced by David Garza, opened up even more vistas of musical possibility.
Jennifer grew up in New Brunswick and joined her first band there as kid – a ukulele group at school. An obsession with that first instrument led to many others she would use to write and perform. What began as a love for musical experimentation and collaboration has coalesced into live performances that showcase Jennifer’s sophisticated voice, diverse pop-rock sensibilities and lyrical artistry. Current band members include bassist Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Ohbijou), guitarist Rob MacDonald (Dirt Farmer) and percussionist Cheryl Reid (Ember Swift), all of whom effortlessly unpack Foster’s sound from studio to stage.
Jennifer most recently released a pop single with The Prince Brothers, “Artificial Heart”, and is currently in pre-production on her next studio project which feature co-writes with Ron Sexsmith.