a singer since the age of 12; grew up & socialised with such rock
notables as 'Robert Plant' & The Band of Joy:Slade: Jeff Lynne: Glenn Hughes (Trapeze/Deep Purple) Carl Wayne & The Move: Jimmy Page etc. Performing at various U.K. venues, & promoted by the same local Agents who were instrumental in booking many of the above.
Heavily influenced by rhythm & blues players, then going on to obtain a two singles deal with Phillips/Fontana, under the name of ‘JENNY WREN’; Having a Northern soul hit
with her first single ‘Chasing my dream all over town’ (Which now sells for over £1.250 due to its rarity)
In her early twenties, Jenny burst onto the Rock scene - Supporting AC/DC on a six week U.K. Tour. Notably, only the only Female rock singer ever to do so.
Missing out by a hairs breadth, with a late single release of HEARTBREAKER (a hit for American Rock vocalist PAT BENETAR (but written exclusively for Jenny) re her Northern songwriting/ recording team - Geoff Gill & Cliff Wade. The song itself was initially released six month's esrlier on her
‘Queen of Fools album’.
With recording and releasing four albums on the DJM label - featuring the likes of future Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain; then going on to support many high end artistes... (Be Bop Deluxe on - BBC’s - ‘Rock goes to College’) Patti Smith/Status Quo/Streetwalkers etc. at U.K Festivals.
For a short time in the 80’s, Jenny also recorded with ‘Dave Hill’ (Slade)
Many gigs, tours, & Festivals later, Ms Darren hung up her rock heels for a time, to cross over into other jazz/classical & experimental genres.
Fast forward to 2015 - saw her returning to her rock roots. ‘Angel Air records’ released 'Heartbreaker - 'The Best of' Compilation, of the early DJM vinyl releases, getting Jenny's music onto CD for the first time. Ultimately deciding to re-record ‘Heartbreaker' on the recommendation of a friend, she began to work on a brand new album....
‘LADYKILLER’ - ‘Jenny Darren and the Ladykillers’ (which was released in August 2017)
Two versions of HEARTBREAKER were featured, plus a brand new take on her rock classic -’LADYKILLER’ ... amongst a host of other gems & original songs. Some penned by the lady herself, & performed by famed musicians - Graham Oliver (Saxon) Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) Pete Way (UFO) Chris Slade (AC/DC) Robin George (Magnum) Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) Tony Williams )Jaqui Graham) Muddy Manninen & Bob Skeat (Wishbone Ash)
In 2016, Jenny joined forces with Finnish Prog Rock Band - PAIDARION.
The album - ‘The Finlandia Project’, was released November 1st -2016.
2018 saw re-releases of many forgotten original songs that Jenny wrote with Prog Rock keyboardist Robert Webb. The - ‘Rare Bird in Rock album’ which was released in the Summer of 2018.Then a re-release ( on download only of the 1980 album )
'Jenny Darren' - re- - titled ‘The Pink Album’.
Previous guest appearance releases have also added to Jenny's quota of recordings.
In 2009, with Robert Webb on both the ‘Box of circles’ & ‘Liquorice Allsorts albums.’
Mid -2018 saw Jenny recording a new album in collaberation with rock guitarist -
ROBIN GEORGE, which made its debut on February 8th 2019 on download.
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JENNY DARREN will be having a BIG BIRTHDAY GIG PARTY on
October 13th 2019
A wonderful show presenting
THE POWERHOUSE BAND
+ Counter Measures (4 Part Vocal Group) Sheila Gott (Soul Singer)
NJ Gardner (Singer Songwriter)
A limited edition USB Audio/Video
will be released to commemorate Jenny's special Birthday
October 3rd 2019 - Jenny Darren