Jenn Grant Biography
Born on Prince Edward Island to Ken (a vascular surgeon) and Heather Grant, she moved to Halifax with her mother and brother at age ten when their marriage broke up. She attended Saint Mary's University for a time and later graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting.
She performed as a musician for a time in her early teens, but stopped due to a bout of stage fright, and didn't return to performing until her early 20s when she played some shows with The Heavy Blinkers. She then released an independent EP, Jenn Grant and Goodbye Twentieth Century, in 2005.
She collaborated on her debut album, Orchestra for the Moon, with such artists as Ron Sexsmith, the Heavy Blinkers, Matt Mays and Jill Barber, and later toured Germany and Canada in support of the album, including as an opening act for The Weakerthans.
She later began recording her second album, Echoes, on a farm in rural Ontario in 2008. That album was released in 2009.
Grant has said in interviews that her music is inspired by her everyday life:
“ I draw inspiration from any situation going on around me. I was writing a song yesterday and it dawned on me, it was about people I know. I thought, 'Oh god, they are going to figure it out.' Then I played it for my neighbour, Tanya Davis, and she figured it out. I was like, 'Oh damn.' ”
She also continues to paint, including designing her own album covers.
In 2006, she won Best New Artist and Best Female Artist at the Nova Scotia Music Awards.
Grant's song "Dreamer", from Orchestra for the Moon, is featured as the theme song on CBC's Heartland. Her song "Make it Home Tonight" will be played at the end of episode 11 of Flashpoint.