I wish I had something more profound to say about Jennie Curran’s insanely beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” but  “spine-tingling” appears to be an appropriate description. Even though I’m a bit late to the party in hearing this, I felt the need to share it. Despite the fact that this song is often covered, Curran, adding her own small flourishes, has a way of making you feel as though you’re hearing it for the first time. Instead of blathering on, I’ll simply let  the artist speak…er, sing for herself.

Last October, I mentioned how much I liked Curran’s lovely original composition “Midnight Sunshine”:

On her self-titled debut EP, Jennie Curran has roughly eleven and a half minutes to make an impression. That may be all the gifted New York native needs.  Curran moved to Nashville to study the music business at Belmont University and worked at Warner Brothers Records before transitioning into her current life as a singer-songwriter.  Based on this appealing  first release, she made the right choice.  Of particular note is “Midnight Sunshine,” a slinky, jazz-kissed number that ably presents Curran’s strengths as a performer.  When her warm vocals swell from an intimate hush into some sweet, soulful scatting it’s nearly impossible not to nod along in appreciation.  If Curran shows this much promise on a three-song EP, listeners can only look forward to what she has to offer on a full-length release.

That all still holds true.  I can’t wait to see what else she has in store.

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