Jenny Phillips can still remember the power she felt listening to gospel music as a young girl and the desire she had even then to help others feel the same power. That vision carried her to where she is now—a leader in inspirational music and one of the highest-selling LDS music artists of all time. She has released 15 albums, and performed across at over 1,000 performances in twenty one countries.
Phillips began her professional musical journey in 1999, after graduating from BYU, when she independently released her first album. Jenny eventually became a top-selling artist with Deseret Book’s music label and Jenny has become known throughout the world for her powerful presentations and music for the youth of the church. Her music has been translated into 19 languages and performed by youth groups in over 50 nations.
During the creation of her second and third albums, Phillips formed a choir to tour with her. They began small—only eight members performing twice a month. Now the choir has grown to 140 rotating members that perform with Jenny across the world. The Jenny Phillips choir has recorded on over a dozen CDs including EFY and Hilary Weeks projects.
Jenny lives in Saratoga Springs, Utah with her husband and four children. In 2011, Jenny left the Deseret Book music label and all retail stores in order to reduce the stress and time commitments that naturally come with a music label so that she could focus more on her young family. Jenny still writes and releases music and books, but exclusively on www.jennyphillips.com where her music still goes out to tens of thousands of people all over the world every year.
BIO FOR FIRESIDES
Introduction for Jenny Phillips’ Firesides
Jenny Phillips has been writing music and singing since she was 6 years old. She can still remember the power and the spirit she felt listening to religious music as a young girl and the desire she had to help others around the world feel the same power and spirit through music. After graduating from Brigham Young University, Jenny began writing and recording professionally. She has put on over 1,000 firesides in 31 states and 21 countries. Her music has been translated into 15 languages and has been performed by young women groups all over the world. Jenny lives in Saratoga Springs, Utah with her husband and 4 children.
If the choir is performing with Jenny:
Performing with Jenny tonight is a group of talented singers from across Utah. Jenny started this choir in the year 2000 with 8 members. Twelve years later that group has grown to 140 rotating members that perform all over the world. This choir gives of their time and talents on a volunteer basis, and we hope tonight you will be able to feel each one of their testimonies.
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We now turn the time over to Jenny.
2000: Jenny has a baby boy and releases her second CD “Heal Me,” again distributed by Excel. Jenny organizes a small fireside group (about 8 members) and starts doing 1-3 firesides a month.
2001: Jenny is invited to Japan for her first international performance.
2002: Jenny has a baby girl. She signs on as a label artist with Excel Entertainment who releases her album “Parables.” Jenny increases her fireside group size to 30 members and performs 6-7 times a month.
2003: Parables is translated and released in Spanish. Jenny takes an international tour to Mexico. Jenny performs throughout the United States at 10-12 firesides a month.
2004: Jenny’s releases “Journey Toward Zion,” which makes the LDSBA top-10 best-selling list. Jenny takes this program to England, Scotland, and Wales. Jenny becomes a label artist with Deseret Book.
2005: Jenny releases “A Great and Marvelous Work: Songs for the 2005 Young Women’s Theme” which reaches #3 on the LDSBA list. Jenny and her fireside group of 90 members perform at over 200 firesides throughout the US. Jenny tours Denmark, Germany, and Sweden and 14 different states. Jenny releases the “Journey Toward Zion European Version” with music in Danish, German, and Swedish-the first LDS music released by Deseret Book in those languages. Jenny releases “Arise and Shine Forth.” Jenny records selections from her upcoming project. “The Miracle” in Swedish while touring Sweden.
2006: “Arise and Shine Forth” becomes a #1 bestseller. Jenny’s seventh album, The Miracle, releases. She continues touring in 2006 in Utah, California, Nevada, Tennessee, Alabama, Nebraska, Colorado, Oregon, Kentucky, Washington, Indiana, Wyoming, Idaho, South Carolina, and Georgia, and internationally including a 10-day tour through Australia as well as a tour to New Zealand and Samoa. Jenny wins a Pearl Award for “Best Musical Presentation or Soundtrack.” She also wins the LDSBA Listener’s Choice Award for Female Recording Artist of the Year. Jenny writes and records a song on the 2006 EFY CD. Jenny releases “Daughter of a King” which becomes her best-seller yet. Jenny has another baby girl—just in time for Christmas.
2007: Jenny releases a CD for the women of the church: “Sisters of Light” which become an instant best-seller. Jenny performs in Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Idaho, and North Carolina. She wins the LDSBA Listener’s Choice Award for Female Recording Artist of the Year again and Album of the Year. Jenny writes and records two songs for the project “The Ten Virgins.” Jenny creates the new girl’s group Mercy River, to be released in 2008. Jenny releases “Steadfast & Immovable: Songs for Youth 2008” in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, as well as recording some of the songs in Polish, Czech, Finnish, Russian, and Dutch. Jenny’s CD “Daughter of a King” wins a Pearl Award for “Musical Presentation or Soundtrack.”
2008: Jenny releases “Every Breath: the Jenny Phillips Collection” and “Light Keepers: Be Thou an Example-Songs for Youth 2009.” After tours to Africa and the British Isles, Jenny slows down her performing drastically as her kids get in school and start to have more activities. Jenny has select soloists from her choir perform her firesides under the direction of Maryanne and Michael Martin. Jenny releases her first book “The Parable of the Princesses.”
2010: Jenny has her 4th child–a baby boy. She releases her second book “The Parable of the Golden Pathway,” which becomes a #3 best-selling book at Deseret Book. She takes her family and choir to New York and Vermont to perform, as well as performing in Tasmania.
2011: Jenny leaves the Deseret Book music label and all retail stores to reduce the stresses and time commitments involved so she can focus more on her young family. She releases “Arise and Shine Forth: Songs for Youth 2012″ and “Choose the Right: Songs for Primary 2012″ exclusively on her website. Jenny records a CD in Mandarin Chinese and goes on tour to Taiwan. Even though she is only selling her music on her website now, she has her highest-selling year yet.