Growing up in Ontario, Canada, Jennifer Budd fell in love with music early on. Her mother, a church singer who raised her on musicals and folk legends influenced her love for music and the arts, and she found her way to the stage. Jennifer attended many musical theatre camps where she met her first vocal coach, Barbara Young, at the world-renowned Shakespeare Festival Theatre Summer School. At age fourteen, she began songwriting after her piano teacher, Debbie Robertson, encouraged her to write for the academy’s annual performance. Over the years Jen has been coached by multiple teachers such as Janet Obermeyer, Charmaine Brown, Kitchener (the only Brett Manning Associate in Canada), and Brett Manning, (Singing Success.)
In 2014 Jennifer graduated from Redeemer University with a B.A in Music and a minor in Religion & Theology. Her four years at Redeemer shaped her both musically and personally allowing her to transition from a folk artist to soul and R&B.
Now based in Hamilton, Jennifer joined forces with Michael Keire, a Canadian based producer, to release her debut album, Lip Service in late fall of 2015. Inspired by everything from the blues to the melody-driven musicality of gospel music, neo-soul and funk, the album featured Jennifer’s bold and spirited debut single “Don’t Even.” With feel good vibes, heavy funk sound, and meaningful authenticity the album was an introduction to Jennifer’s approach to songwriting. Following her January 2016 appearance on the cover of Hamilton Magazine, Budd won Best New Artist of the Year and was nominated for Pop Recording of the Year at the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards.