|Birth name Jena Kraus|
Role Singer · jenakraus.com
Name Jena Kraus
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Associated acts Blind Melon
|Occupation(s) Singer, musician, songwriter|
Genres Rock music, Folk music, Soul music
Record labels Warner/Chappell Music, Giant Records
Similar People Glen Graham, Rogers Stevens, Unified Theory, Christopher Thorn, Chris Shinn
Jena Kraus is an American singer/songwriter and self-taught musician born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Discovered at the age of nine by vocal coach Rita Cavell she was thrust into the world of entertainment, and influenced heavily by her hippie parents' vast record collection. Kraus had written her first collection of songs before the age of twelve. As a teenager, Kraus entered a model search contest held by Ford Models on a dare. After winning, hand-picked by Eileen Ford herself, Kraus went to New York City to be groomed for a career in modeling. However, while still writing songs and playing in the New York music scene, she quickly lost her taste for the model lifestyle and decided to focus solely on music and forming a band. Though still underage, she was able to charm her way into bars and night clubs to sing and play her songs.
While trying to find musicians to work with, Kraus met the (then unknown) members of the band Blind Melon. The band took her under their wing, introduced her around and recorded several demos with her. Later, Kraus sang on the critically acclaimed song "Mouthful Of Cavities" from the band's album Soup. She was featured singing the song alongside Shannon Hoon in the documentary Letters from a Porcupine . She subsequently signed a deal with Warner/Chappell Music and Irving Azoff's Giant Records. Several musical endeavors followed, including being featured in films, on movie soundtracks, jingles, and reuniting with Grammy-winning songwriter Eric Bazilian who had met her some years earlier while singing on a street corner in Philadelphia. Kraus has made vocal contributions crossing over musical genres on albums as diverse as CKY's An Answer Can Be Found to Joseph Arthur's Temporary People.