Performing in musicals from an early age, Jen discovered such masters like Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, and the Gershwin Brothers while she was still in high school. After graduating with an honors degree in performance from Penn State, she moved to New Orleans to further her jazz studies (and drink Hurricanes) before coming to Chicago.

Since her arrival in Chicago, Jen has impressed audiences with her diverse repertoire and arresting voice. The Illinois Entertainer calls her a cross between "the great Anne Ross and Rickie Lee Jones."

For almost twenty years, she has appeared throughout Chicagoland as a solo performer and featured vocalist for several of the city's finest orchestras.  As the lead female singer of The Chicago Rhythm Review from 2000-2012, Jenniphre performed at every major Chicago landmark, including Navy Pier, the Sears Tower, The Taste of Chicago, and the Taste of Naperville. From 2005-2013, she was the featured entertainer every weekend at two of the city's most famous music rooms -  The Pump Room, where Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee jump-started their careers, and in the Palm Court of the Drake Hotel, where she continues to perform as a special guest with  Chicago favorites, The Flat Cats.

Samba Bamba
As lead singer for the wacky Latin funk band, Samba Bamba, she was featured on Wild Chicago's Emmy Award winning 12th Anniversary show, and appeared on The Jenny Jones Show, at the Taste of Chicago, Halsted Street Market Days, Taste of Lincoln Avenue, The Museum of Contemporary Art and most recently, Martyrs.
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The Merry Janes
Since 2009, Jen has been spreading holiday cheer as co-founder of The Merry Janes, an all-female a cappella trio that sings Christmas favorites in the style of classic girl-groups like The Andrew Sisters, The McGuire Sisters, and The Supremes.  The holidays never sounded so good!  Now booking for the 2021 Holiday Season!
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Whether fronting a duo, combo, or orchestra, Jenniphre's awesome voice and dynamic interpretations will keep you wanting more!
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"Zias' soaring, infinitely versatile vocals seize the ear."
Etelka Lehoczky, Windy City Times
Jen's CD, Take Me With You, is here!