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Jen Ayers ~ Singer

Jen Ayers joins the musical element of “House of Thee Unholy” for the fourth time. Jen has a throat of gold that could go one-on-one with any rock diva. She’s been singing, playing piano and writing music since age 5. Her most beloved possession as a kid was a red transistor AM radio she carried with her wherever she went. She grew up on classic tunes and melodies – knowing every word to every song and singing them loudly and passionately. Playing dress-up in public was also a favorite pastime – like the time she impersonated Shirley Temple and won a prize for singing “Animal Crackers In My Soup” at a local talent show.

The classically trained pianist, choir performer and lover of rock music moved from the Midwest to Seattle with her partner Graham to start a band. Together they formed three different projects – Pompous Fedora, Fedora and Honey Tongue – writing, recording and performing thousands of shows nationwide. She’s studied with nationally renowned vocal coaches Maestro David Kyle and Susan Carr to learn how to perfect a high rock scream without doing damage or losing her voice. These skills came in handy when Jen took on the challenge of channeling Steven Tyler in “Dream On,” an all-girl Aerosmith band, while Honey Tongue was on hiatus.

Jen’s powerhouse vocals and gritty performances have earned invitations to sing the National Anthem at NBA/MLB games coast to coast, the opportunity to belt out Led Zeppelin tunes at Seattle’s Triple Door for “Bonzo’s Celebration Day” (featuring drummers from Heart, REM, Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees and more) and “House of Thee Unholy” – a Broadway-level burlesque show – AND a starring role in the indie movie, “The Stranger” which Honey Tongue also wrote two songs for, and performed on screen.

In 2012 Jen released her first solo CD, “Every Day Is A Parade” – inspired by the magical island of Bali and explores the journey from rock music to motherhood.
Recently, Jen was cast in the role of Linda Emery (Bruce Lee’s girlfriend) in Teatro ZinZanni’s production of “Return To Paradise.” This opportunity enabled her to dabble in the things she loves most at the same time: singing, acting, dancing, and even spinning from a cirque cage while performing Honey Tongue’s original song “I Wanna Go” – all while wearing colorful, custom-made costumes.

 

photo by Michael Doucett

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