The Wailin’ Jenny’s are a Canadian folk trio composed of Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody, and Heather Masse. Each of the members of the group comes from a different musical and personal background, but together they create a unified folk-pop sound loaded with vocal power.
The group formed when the three solo singer-songwriters joined together for a one-night-only performance at a guitar shop in Winnipeg. Mehta, Moody, and Masse started writing music together following that performance and released their first full-length album, 40 Days, in 2004. The album won the Juno Award in 2005 for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Following frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, the Jennys accrued a wide international following, and started to play sold out shows across Canada, the United States, and throughout the world.
The Wailin’ Jenny’s second album, Firecracker (2006), was a step in a new direction, exploring the genres of alt-country, pop, and rock. Firecracker was nominated for a Juno Award, and spent over 56 weeks on the Billboard charts. The 2009 bluegrass album, Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House, also spent over a year in the charts and was lauded for its tight harmonies, instrumental prowess, and onstage banter. The Jennys’ latest album, 2011’s Bright Morning Stars, was equally innovative and critically acclaimed, winning another Juno Award for its fresh sound and innovative blend of Americana, pop, and traditional folk.
The Jenny’s still perform regularly at sold-out venues, and are often booked for corporate entertainment events and private parties.