I’m Jenni, a 22-year old songwriter, musician, and all-around creative type from Huntington Beach, California. A major part of my identity is my multiracial heritage – Chinese and Russian-Jewish. As a songwriter, I’m very passionate about using my music and storytelling to empower and uplift girls of color – not only through my own music but also music I write with other female artists of color. Representation is so important, but not just *any* representation – authentic, multi-dimensional representation.
“(Blame it on the) Black Dress” is a funky and uplifting song I wrote and performed with my friend Makayla Colonello. We set out to write a song that was both a danceable, empowering bop and a big middle finger to victim blaming, shaming and other societal pressures that determine what women are allowed to wear, say, and do. This song placed in Berklee’s Songs 4 Social Change contest, where we had the honor of performing it with a band entirely of female and non-binary musicians. The song was also featured on Berklee Revelation Records’ social change-themed EP, Horizon.