Jen Miller is recording artist, activist, and political commentator based in Nashville, Tennessee. Jen Miller grew up near Columbus, Ohio where she found love in a ukulele and an old, out of tune piano in her parents’ living room, where she began creating her own unique style and sound — but music wasn’t her first love. Like many other artists of her generation, 24-year old singer-songwriter Jen Miller sparked her musical career through the Internet, fostering an initial following on YouTube. Today, Jen’s tweets alone reach nearly 25,000,000 people every month and her YouTube channel’s racked up over 1M views. With a dry, quick-witted and goofy sense of humor and an authentic voice, Jen is guaranteed to make you feel something when she’s in the room or on the screen.
She grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where she found her first love in playing competitive travel soccer… so she committed to play Division I soccer her junior year of high school. Although Jen “deeply loved and appreciated music”, she didn’t accidentally stumble upon her passion for music until the age of 17. During the biggest recruiting season of her life, Jen suffered two devastating knee injuries within a year, leaving her without a scholarship, and with her passion for soccer dampered. Out of desperation to find something new to put her time and effort into, Jen turned to her first ukulele, and began uploading covers and original songs to YouTube. After mastering soprano ukulele, Jen picked up piano, baritone ukulele, and guitar.
Since then, Jen has kickstarted two projects — her first EP in May 2012 and her latest LP “Overgrown” (2014), which found huge independent success. Both projects debuted at #15 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart for two consecutive weeks. Her album raised over double the funds requested to create it and sold over 3,000 digital units the first year after its release. Since 2012, she’s shared the stage with many well known acts, including Passenger, Stu Larsen, Mayday Parade, Paleface, Lily & Madeline, Kopecky, Girltalk, and Shovels & Rope.
So, what’s next? 2016 was a busy year for Jen. Most of her days were spent bustling downtown into Washington, D.C. to do work in public affairs and engage in various forms of activism. At night, Jen holed up in the studio, writing and producing her upcoming LP with Jake Vicious at House Studio. The first collaboration between Jake and Jen was the single “Bullshit” – a grunge-pop feminist mantra about losing your shit over a cup of coffee mid-meeting – off of the studio’s collab album #5149. After racking up over 125,000 plays on Soundcloud, “Bullshit” was chosen as the theme song for “Uninterrupted”, a new podcast from Women’s Health that hosts experts, activists, celebrities, doctors, and more to talk about the political and social issues that matter most to women.
Miller isn’t slowing down in 2017. After making a big move from D.C. to Nashville, Jen is cutting her teeth songwriting and producing in Nashville. The road may be next. Let’s wait to see where the wind blows her.
For now, Jen is dropping singles all spring. She self describes the collection of singles as, “the kind of songs I wish fourteen-year-old me would have heard on the radio. Then I would have known others like me existed.”