Jennie began her musical career in the classical world. She is both a trained opera singer and an excellent pianist.
She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Barbara Robotham, where she won the Elsie Thurston, John Wray and Kate Snape prizes for singing.
She now performs throughout the country accompanying herself on piano, and with the Rough Hill Band (a 6-piece soul-based cover band). Jennie’s style is very diverse and she has been involved in a number of projects and collaborations as well as her own original music.
She has enjoyed regular work writing and recording jingles for Rock FM and has been lucky enough to write and record with Reece Gilmore, producer of Blue and Atomic Kitten.
Over the last couple of years Jennie has been involved in a broad spectrum of music and events, she has travelled widely, singing in places such as Monte Carlo, Venice and Cannes where she sang at a MIPIM event hosted by Gary Lineker.
She supported Heather Small for the Manchester Tourism awards at the GMEX hosted by Vernon Kay, sang at the Bridgewater Hall with the Royal Marines and the Coronation Street cast as part of a charity concert in aid of The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and also gave two special performances for Rocco Forte at his very own Lowry Hotel in Manchester.
Appearances include the Royal Albert Hall as a guest soloist with the West-End Rat Pack Show, a night with Rough Hill in London hosted by Trevor Nelson and at Old Trafford for a number of evenings in aid of Sir Alex Ferguson’s favourite charity, UNICEF.
Notable performances have been at Ricky Tomlinson’s wedding, Manchester United’s Old Trafford for the Champion’s League Final, the opening of Harvey Nichols in Manchester and an appearance at Ronnie Scott’s famous jazz club in London.
She also sang at Wayne Rooney’s I8th birthday party, Charles Kennedy’s birthday at London’s Dorchester Hotel, the Carlton Tower Hotel with Brian Connelly, the Manchester United Players’ Christmas party and Arsenal’s Martin Keown’s testimonial dinner at the London Hilton.
More recently, Jennie has had a number of engagements at The Ritz, London, has sung for the Blackburn Rovers for their Player of the Year awards, and has also had the pleasure of playing for footballer Neil Mellor’s wedding in Liverpool.
Jennie also appeared last year on the BBC2 talent series “Let Me Entertain You” in which she was a semi-finalist. For the last year she has been concentrating on recording her new album of original material which she hopes will be finished by the New Year.
Jennie Sawdon Music Samples