Jenny Lewis

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Jenny Lewis
Jennylewis.jpg
Lewis performing in 2008
Background information
Birth nameJennifer Diane Lewis
Born(1976-01-08) January 8, 1976 (age 38)[1]
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
OriginSan Fernando Valley, California
GenresIndie rock, alternative country, indie folk
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, harmonica
Years active1985–present (acting)
1998–present (music)
LabelsTeam Love, Warner Bros., Brute/Beaute, Saddle Creek, Barsuk
Associated actsRilo Kiley
The Postal Service
The Watson Twins
Jenny and Johnny
 
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Jenny Lewis
Jennylewis.jpg
Lewis performing in 2008
Background information
Birth nameJennifer Diane Lewis
Born(1976-01-08) January 8, 1976 (age 38)[1]
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
OriginSan Fernando Valley, California
GenresIndie rock, alternative country, indie folk
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, harmonica
Years active1985–present (acting)
1998–present (music)
LabelsTeam Love, Warner Bros., Brute/Beaute, Saddle Creek, Barsuk
Associated actsRilo Kiley
The Postal Service
The Watson Twins
Jenny and Johnny

Jennifer Diane "Jenny" Lewis (born January 8, 1976)[1] is an American singer-songwriter musician and actress. She was the primary vocalist of the indie rock band Rilo Kiley,[2] and has released two solo albums.[3] She currently performs as part of the duo Jenny & Johnny with boyfriend Johnathan Rice. She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Personal life[edit]

Lewis was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her mother, Linda, was a professional singer, and her father, Eddie, was a member of the Harmonica Gang.[4][5] Lewis is Jewish.[6][7]

Acting career[edit]

Lewis made her professional debut in a Jell-O commercial. She was featured in the short-lived 1986 Lucille Ball sitcom Life With Lucy, where she was cast as one of Lucy's grandchildren.[8] She also had small roles on TV shows, such as The New Twilight Zone, Baywatch, The Golden Girls, Growing Pains, Just the Ten of Us, Roseanne, Mr. Belvedere, and Brooklyn Bridge.[8]

Lewis appeared in over a dozen teen-themed movies, such as Troop Beverly Hills, and in 1989 starred in The Wizard. She was featured in the 1996 made-for-TV movie Talk to Me with Yasmine Bleeth, as well as the films Foxfire, Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even, and Pleasantville.[8] She played the part of Evangeline "Eva" Saint Claire in the 1987 film version of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.[8] She played Beverly D'Angelo's daughter in the 1996 made-for-TV film, Sweet Temptation. She continued acting until 1998, although the last released film – Don's Plum, filmed 1995–96 – was not released until 2001.[8]

Music[edit]

Rilo Kiley[edit]

In 1998, Lewis and friends Pierre De Reeder, Dave Rock and then-boyfriend Blake Sennett formed the band Rilo Kiley. (Rock was eventually replaced by Jason Boesel.) In an interview with NPR's All Songs Considered, Lewis remarked that she wanted to name the group Love's Way (after her parents' lounge act in Las Vegas), but Sennett "didn't go for it."[9]

Beginning with a country sound, Rilo Kiley gravitated toward a downbeat indie rock sound, gaining the attention of Warner Bros., who signed the band for the release (via its own imprint, Brute/Beaute Records) of their 2004 album More Adventurous, which gained the band some success. Critics such as Pitchfork attributed this to the "wise" decision to emphasize Lewis's voice and presence more so than in previous albums.[10] The song "Portions for Foxes" was a hit. Rilo Kiley's 2007 album Under the Blacklight was released directly by Warner Bros.

It was announced on July 14, 2011 that Rilo Kiley had officially split up.

Solo career[edit]

Lewis in 2006

In 2004, Conor Oberst invited Lewis to record a solo record for record label Team Love. Described by Lewis as "a kind of soul record"[citation needed], Rabbit Fur Coat (released January 24, 2006) features contributions from Oberst, M. Ward, and Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine. Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie guests on a cover of The Traveling Wilburys' "Handle With Care." The Watson Twins provide accompaniment on the album, billed as Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins. Lewis toured with the Watson Twins in support of the album three times in 2006 and appeared with her band on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Later with Jools Holland. They also appeared on a Washington, D.C.-based children's music program called Pancake Mountain, performing the song "Fernando". The album received positive reviews, with Entertainment Weekly writing, "Consider Lewis the Emmylou Harris of the Silverlake set"[11] and Rolling Stone commenting that "her girlishly seductive vocals are more versatile than ever".[12] The Onion AV Club, Spin, and NPR music critic Meredith Ochs named it among the best albums of the year.[13][14][15]

In 2008, Lewis released a second solo album, this time without the Watson Twins, titled Acid Tongue.

Jenny and Johnny[edit]

In 2010, Lewis released the song "Scissor Runner" with her boyfriend Johnathan Rice under the moniker Jenny and Johnny. The song was made available for free download from the duo's official website, and is taken from their first studio album I'm Having Fun Now.[16]

Other musical projects[edit]

Lewis performing in 2007

In 2002, Lewis was asked to contribute vocals for The Postal Service. Lewis performed in the video for the hit "We Will Become Silhouettes", and toured with the band in 2003 and 2013.

In 2004, Lewis contributed vocals to several tracks on the Cursive album The Ugly Organ.

In 2005, Lewis contributed to the UNICEF benefit song "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?", along with Sennett and Jimmy Tamborello.

In 2006, Lewis made a cameo in Episode 25, Season 1 of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour, and six of her songs (three with the Watson Twins and three with Rilo Kiley) were featured in various episodes of the show.

In 2007, Lewis contributed vocals to various songs on Johnathan Rice's album Further North, and she appeared in the music video for "We're All Stuck Out In The Desert (And We're Gonna Die)". She provided vocals for a track on Dntel's Dumb Luck LP.

In 2008, Lewis contributed backing vocals to several songs on the Elvis Costello and the Imposters album Momofuku.

In 2008, Lewis voiced the role of the Assistant Director for Walt Disney Pictures Bolt and provided the song "Barking at the Moon." [17]

In March and April 2009, Lewis traveled to Australia for the first time, as an act for the V Festival, as well as a supporting act for Snow Patrol and performing one solo Sydney show.

On April 18, 2009, Lewis performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

On May 5, 2009, Lewis performed on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.[18]

Lewis makes an appearance on the track "Hard Enough", taken from the 2010 album Flamingo by fellow Las Vegan Brandon Flowers.

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1983It's an Adventure, Charlie BrownRuby (voice)TV
1985The Twilight Zone Segment "If She Dies" (1 Episode)Sarah (ghost child)TV
1986ConvictedShelley ForbesTV
1986Life with LucyBecky McGibbonTV series
1987Trading HeartsYvonne Rhonda Nottingham
1987The Golden GirlsDaisy (A Girl Scout)TV Series
1987Uncle Tom's CabinEvangeline 'Little Eva' St. ClaireTV
1988A Friendship in ViennaInge DournenvaldTV
1988Baby MTuesdayTV
1988My Father, My SonMayaTV
1988Who Gets the Friends?TV
1989Shannon's DealNeala ShannonTV
1989The WizardHaleyFilm
1989Troop Beverly HillsHannah NeflerFilm
1990Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant DaughterMelanie BensonTV
1991Brooklyn BridgeKatie MonahanTV series
1991DaddyMelissa WatsonTV
1991Line of Fire: The Morris Dees StoryEllieTV
1991Runaway FatherMarciaTV
1992Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get EvenCorinne
1994Runaway DaughtersLaura CahnTV
1996FoxfireRita Faldes
1996Sweet TemptationJade LarsonTV
1996Talk to MeKelly ReillyTV
1997Little Boy BlueTraci Connor
1998PleasantvilleChristin
2001Don's PlumSaraFilmed 1995–96
2008BoltAssistant DirectorVoice
2010American DadAmyVoice (Merlot Down Dirty Shame)

Discography[edit]

Rilo Kiley[edit]

Solo[edit]

Jenny & Johnny[edit]

Other appearances[edit]

Videography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jenny Lewis". TV.com. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Rilo Kiley biography". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Jenny Lewis Discography". Star Pulse. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  4. ^ "Jenny Lewis Biography (1977-)". Filmreference.com. 1977-01-07. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  5. ^ Ayers, Michael D. "Jenny Lewis Is Tired of Being in a Band | Blogs". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  6. ^ By Will Hermes (2006-01-29). "MUSIC - Don't Tell the Indie Fans - Jenny Lewis Likes Country Music - NYTimes.com". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  7. ^ "Interview: Jenny Lewis | The Jewish Chronicle". Thejc.com. 2010-11-18. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Jenny Lewis". IMDb. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  9. ^ "The Blue-Eyed Soul of Jenny Lewis". NPR.org. 2006-10-16. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  10. ^ Dahlen, Chris (August 15, 2004). "Rilo Kiley More Adventurous > Review". PitchforkMedia. Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  11. ^ Michael Endelman (2006-01-27). "Jenny Lewis". EW. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  12. ^ Hiatt, Brian (February 9, 2006). "Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins Rabbit Fur Coat > Review". Rolling Stone (993). p. 62. Archived from the original on 11 January 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2012.  Posted on February 7, 2006.
  13. ^ Battaglia, Andy; Christopher Bahn, Jason Heller, Josh Modell, Keith Phipps, Kyle Ryan, Marc Hawthorne, Nathan Rabin, Noel Murray, Scott Gordon, Sean ONeal, and Steven Hyden (2006-12-19). "Best Music Of 2006". The Onion A.V. Club. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  14. ^ Ochs, Meredith (2006-12-05). "Top Ten CDs of 2006". NPR.org. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  15. ^ "The 40 Best Albums of 2006 The SPIN Staff". spin.com. 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  16. ^ http://www.jennyandjohnnymusic.com
  17. ^ "Pop & Hiss goes to the movies: Jenny Lewis gets a dose of Disney optimism with 'Bolt'". Pop & Hiss. 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  18. ^ "YouTube video". 

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