Jen Starsinic is a singer/songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, arts educator, and creative community organizer. Her work has been featured in American Songwriter, NPR’s Here & Now, and on NBC’s Today Show.
Her work is informed by the power of personal storytelling, repetitive structures of minimalist composition and traditional folk music, and the celebration of music creation and performance as a communal, human, and participatory practice.
A professional violinist since 14, her youth was spent hanging out in central-PA ambient rock bands and sneaking off to music festivals in West Virginia for trance-y, all-night, moonshine-fueled old time jams.
She was a 2012 winner of the BMI John Lennon Scholarship, followed by similar recognition from the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in 2014 while touring nationally as a violinist in several Americana bands and making a new home in Nashville, TN.
In 2016, she co-founded Girls Write Nashville, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to building positive community and empowered expression for teen artists. As executive artistic director, Starsinic wrote a modernized, community-based hybrid music education and social-emotional learning curriculum that provides mentorship and community building experiences for hundreds of youth and adult artists in Nashville.The organization’s work is currently funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and was a 2021 semi-finalist for the Lewis Prize for Music.
Of Starsinic’s music, critics say: “a striking vocalist… all-encompassing,”; “a musical setting that is at once deeply familiar and stunningly new,”; and “there is a blissful aura that surrounds Starsinic’s sound.”
Her most recent album of songs, 2020’s dreamy, confessional indie rock EP Bad Actor, has been described by PopMatters, American Songwriter, and other outlets as “poignant, intimate, and stunning.”
In 2021, she completed her first music for film, a documentary about medical discrimination against adults with IDD titled Let Them Go.
She lives in Nashville, TN and is working on her next album (and other projects) in addition to serving as Girls Write Nashville’s current Artistic Executive Director and the host of synthquest, a biweekly improvisatory ambient livestream and podcast.