Nova Scotian pop singer-songwriter Jenn Grant emerged in the mid-’00s, first with a self-released EP, and then a full-length debut. She’s released five LPs to increasing critical acclaim since, sharpening her instincts and imbuing her contemporary folk-pop with increasingly lush atmospheres along the way. Paradise is her latest, and it’s available now on the Outside label in Grant’s home country and through Ba Da Bing! in the USA.
Prior to stepping out on her own, Jenn Grant was a touring-member of the long-running Halifax-based group the Heavy Blinkers; her EP “Jenn Grant and Goodbye Twentieth Century” came out in 2005 and stirred up enough notice that the Paris 1919 Sound label chose to finance her second effort of two years hence.
Enlisting the Blinkers, fellow Canadians Ron Sexsmith, Matt Mays, Jill Barber, and numerous others, Green injected occasional touches of jazzy tastefulness into an Americana-ish folk-pop equation for Orchestra for the Moon, with much of the disc suitable for café listening. 2009’s Echoes was the first of three releases for Six Shooter, the set raising the intensity and placing her firmly in the contempo alt-indie framework.
2011 brought her next album, Honeymoon Punch showcasing her versatility by opening with a rocker, though not so raucous as to alienate those attuned to her wavelength. Mostly, the record illuminated Grant’s inclination to tinker with the rudiments of her sound; the next year’s The Beautiful Wild was even more ambitious, validating the tag of songstress as she exhibited pop-auteur moves and raised the lushness quotient.