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Local Singer Songwriter Releases First Album at 16

Local Singer Songwriter Releases First Album at 16

December 2016 debut gets CD release this month

Local artist Jenna Dunlap is a girl and a guitar singer songwriter from Los Lunas, New Mexico. She’s 16, and a student at Keith Sanchez’s New Mexico Academy of Rock and Blues.

Out of My Head is short, but sweet. The six tracks feature wistful vocals delivered in a way that will remind you of indie rock songstresses like Feist, Daughter, or Anna Nalick. The guitar is skillful and soft, peppered with occasional well-timed reinforcement from bits of piano or percussion.

“Another Town” has warm guitar and a catchy chorus that pops, “Burning Eyes” is an impassioned plea to not be left alone set to soft strings with simple lyrics, “Old Story” has a ghostly anthemic feel to it, and the title track “Out of My Head” reminds me of some of my favorite soft spoken female indie acts.

Jenna excels at making emotional overtures with more heartbreak to them than your average teen ought to have, there’s a feeling of echoing loneliness in her songs, which she delivers well.

I look forward to a full length album, I get the feeling Jenna is going to have a lot more stories to tell.

Jenna Dunlap’s debut album, Out of My Head, came out last December, but is getting its CD release March 25 at the Monte Vista Fire Station.

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Bradley T. Schuman is a pop culture geek and music nerd with far too many records and opinions. Reach him at music@freeabq.com.

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  • Ana
    March 17, 2017, 8:51 am

    We are so proud of Jenna. Her talent is matched by her dedication to grow her music skills. She is truly a remarkable young soul. We are so looking forward to introducing her beautiful voice to more happy ears.

  • ronnievghn@yahoo.com
    March 17, 2017, 12:42 pm

    She’s a wise soul at such a young age. Her music gives me chills and the sky’s the limit for this young lady.

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