"Jennifer Barnes is an amazing musician
and one of the best scat-singers I've ever heard!"

Tierney Sutton
Telarc Recording Artist & Jazz Vocalist

You Taught My Heart


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Jennifer Barnes: Vocals, Piano

Karl Montzka: Piano, Hammond B3 Organ

Shawn Sommer: Bass

Steve Barnes: Drums

    with special guest,
Don Shelton: Clarinet, Alto Flute


Click on underlined titles to hear sound clips:
1. It Could Happen To You
2. We Kiss In A Shadow
3. Just In Time
4. Isotope
5. Detour Ahead
6. While We’re Young
 7. Kobe
 8. I Mean You
 9. So Many Stars
10. Crazy Rhythm Tales
11. Brother Hubbard
12. You Taught My Heart To Sing

"You Taught My Heart is a true jazz-lovers buffet, with powerful vocal renditions of straight-ahead jazz standards, bebop, lush ballads, and original music and lyrics. "Jennifer scats like Ella, delivers ballads like Sarah, and swings like CRAZY..."

-Rufus Reid

See Reviews & Press for liner notes by Rufus Reid


TV, Radio & Film

Friday, March 3rd, 2006 4:35 PM

Jennifer’s voice has been featured on nationally aired television and radio commercials since 1975, when she began singing "youth" commercials for such products as Kellogg’s cereals, McDonald’s, and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. As an adult, Jennifer has brought her signature sound and style to advertise such products as Chili's Restaurant, Epson and Old El Paso, as well as appearances on and in television shows (including the FOX smash hit, "Glee"), video games ("World of Warcraft", "God Of War") and film scores ("Enchanted", "Wall-E", "Ice Age 2 & 3", "Live Free or Die Hard", "Star Trek", "Speed Racer"). Click below to hear the content of Jennifer's vocal studio demo, and please also visit the "Contact" page if you would like to request a copy of the complete vocal demo CD or MP3s to be sent to you.


Play mp3 Play all tracks:

  1. Epson* (Solo/multiple styles)
  2. Chili’s Bar and Grill* (Solo/jazz with scat)
  3. Rhythm of the Night (Group/pop)
  4. Let’s Get Loud (Group/pop)
  5. I’m Beginning to See the Light (Solo/Swingin’ big band)
  6. Carnival, Part 1# (All vocals/A cappella pop a la Patti Austin)
  7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas+ (Group/smooth jazz)
  8. At The End Of The Day (Group/Broadway - legit)
  9. When The Sun Comes Out (Solo/Ballad with big band)
  10. Crown Him With Many Crowns# (Group/Christian choral)
  11. Carnival, Part 2# (All vocals)
  12. Lady Marmalade (Group/pop)
  13. Just In Time# (Solo/Bright jazz)
  14. I’ve Got No Strings# (Group/A cappella swing)
  15. Old El Paso* (Group/Pseudo-classical)
  16. Kalimba# (Group/A cappella “vibe”)
  17. Carnival, Part 3# (All vocals)
  18. You Taught My Heart To Sing (Solo/Full-length ballad performance)

* - Nationally aired spots
# - Vocal arrangements written by Jennifer Barnes
+ - Performed Soprano 2, Alto 1/2, Tenor 1 parts


Play mp3 Chili’s Restaurant

On-camera duet with bassist Dave Stone
Aired nationally on major and cable networks
Produced by Wojahn Brothers (Los Angeles, CA)
GSD&M Advertising (Austin, TX)


Play mp3

Epson Stylus Printers

Solo vocal Aired nationally on radio
Produced by Wojahn Brothers (Los Angeles, CA)
DDB Advertising (Los Angeles, CA)


Play mp3 Old El Paso

Group vocal
Aired nationally on television
Produced by Steve Ford Music (Chicago, IL)


Vocal Arrangements

Jennifer has developed a reputation as an outstanding arranger in a variety of contexts, including commissioned works for academic and professional vocal ensembles at all levels, children’s choir arrangements, solo vocal arrangements with rhythm section, and sacred choral arrangements with a jazz flair.

Click below to see a complete catalog of vocal ensemble arrangements which Jennifer has written.


View List of / Listen to Vocal Jazz Arrangements


"My ensemble recently took its first serious foray into vocal jazz and acappella pop. Jennifer was very helpful in steering me to appropriate repertoire for my singers, who are primarily classically trained. Our concert included two of Jennifer's charts. "The Nearness of You" is one of my favorite arrangements; it connected deeply with our audiences. We also sang "Kalimba," which evokes a fabulous sound-world that a cappella singers don't get to enter very often; it, too, was one of the tunes our audiences commented on most after the performance."

Jonathan Miller

Musical Director, Chicago A Cappella