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Jennifer Denali

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Jennifer Denali
A closeup photo of Jennifer with medium-length curvy brown hair, wearing a custom, Cynthia Rowley designed Cali York T-shirt Jennifer Denali Girlfriend Music Video 2018 - Peekskill.png
Jennifer Denali performing during the Girlfriend Song video shoot in Peekskill, February 2018
BornJennifer Donnelly
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
🏡 ResidenceNew York, New York
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • dancer
  • model
  • businesswoman
  • humanitarian
📆 Years active  2012-present
🌐 Websitejenniferdenali.com

Jennifer Donnelly (/ˈɛnəfər pəˈtrɪʃə ˈdɒnəli/;), known by her stage name Jennifer Denali, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and model. Her musical career began at age 15, when she met producer and mentor Mike Mason.[1] In April 2010, she signed her first independent record deal and released her first set of songs.

Denali's development as a young artist took her on a long unexpected, emotional and physically taxing journey, culminating in a self-imposed hiatus. In early 2015, she entered the world of professional modeling and signed with State Management[2]. Denali reentered the music scene by writing and recording background vocals for other artists in late 2015. In 2016, she was signed to a development deal with producer Anthony Galindo and began working on her debut studio album. In 2018, Denali will step back into the pop arena and will be releasing singles before a debut full-length LP.

Life and career[edit]

1988–2006: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Jennifer was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, to an Irish-American father and Puerto Rican mother.[3] As a young child, Coney Island served as a playing ground. The early spotlight and her parents' love of pop, rock, salsa and jazz energized Jennifer and left her spellbound. At the age of 9, Jennifer dove into a rigorous practice routine, nurturing her nascent musicality studying flute and singing in chorus. Denali’s father worked in musical theater, so she was regularly exposed to the thrill of major stages at Broadway theaters and the Metropolitan Opera, where, in her teens she worked as a prop shop carpenter and learned more about the drama of live performance.[3]

At the age of 14, Jennifer's mentor Mike Mason (Mariah Carey, Tevin Campbell) helped Jennifer hone her songwriting chops and explore the life of a professional musician.[1] After high school, she went on to study Theater Design Technology for stage management and costume design at SUNY Purchase. By the age of 19 she had honed her skills as a vocalist, poet and songwriter through formal training and regular performances, including at the Apollo Theater.

2007–2015: College years, first record deal, New Deco Orchestra and hiatus[edit]

While in college, Denali signed an independent record deal and released her first set of songs produced by Mike Mason. In April of 2013, while in Los Angeles for an ASCAP music conference, she met singer-songwriter Ne-Yo whom connected her with grammy nominated producer Paperboy Fabe. He invited her to his studio and to Fabe's surprise, Denali arrived the very next day. He took it as a sign of her seriousness and tenacity, so he decided to work with her as a developing artist.

Upon her return to New York, Jennifer decided to explore the world of jazz and American songbook and became the lead singer and producer for a 22-piece orchestra, performing at venues like the Highline Ballroom[4][5] and the Broad Street Ballroom.[6]

However, Jennifer’s promising start in music was cut short when she found herself in a toxic cycle of self-medicating from depression. She decided to take an indefinite hiatus from music and focus on a modeling career. In 2015, Jennifer signed with State Management[2], then known as MSA Models, for the fit modeling and parts modeling divisions.

2016–present: Debut studio album[edit]

In February of 2016, Jennifer got a call to lay down backup vocals for her friend, producer Owen Hill Jr. That is where she met producer and songwriter Anthony Galindo. After immediately bonding over their musical skills, background in R&B, pop, and Latin music, and a shared love of Madonna, they signed a development deal. For two years the pair wrote new music[7], which she showcased in a couple of private shows in New York City. In 2018, Denali announced via social media that she had begun full production on her debut album and upcoming performances. On August 29th 2018, Jennifer released her debut single "Painkiller".[8][9]



  1. 1.0 1.1 "PREMIERE: SULTRY SOUL AND SUFFERING IN JENNIFER DENALI'S PASSIONATE DEBUT "PAINKILLER"". Atwood Magazine. 2018-08-29. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "State Management Fit Models". State Management. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Get To Know: Jennifer Denali". Beyond The Stage Magazine. 2018-08-31. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  4. "New Deco Orchestra at the Highline Ballroom". New Deco Orchestra. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  5. "New Deco Orchestra Live". New Deco Orchestra. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  6. "New Deco Orchestra at the Broad Street Ballroom". YouTube. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  7. "VENTS Interviews Jennifer Denali". "VENTS Magazine". Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  8. "Jennifer Denali gets personal on "Painkiller"". Cliche Magazine. 2018-09-08. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  9. "Painkiller". Apple iTunes. Retrieved August 29, 2018.

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