Jena Rose Raphael, a 12 year-old singer/songwriter from Plano, Texas is a musical child prodigy. With a natural gift for songwriting, and a unique indie pop style, her melodic strolls captivate and enchant her audiences. With poise that is well beyond her age, she has left her fans in disbelief with performances at the House of Blues, American Airlines Center, Hard Rock Cafe, and Six Flags over Texas. Having won Overall Best Musician award two years in a row at the Septien Entertainment Group Commercial Artist Showcase and Overall Best Musician at the 2013 Master Showcase, her sultry music rekindles the soothing sounds of a modern day Carol King.
Jena Rose Raphael song You For You pretty much positions her for the knowing listener. That is, if you like smart, sensitive singer-songwriters who can shout as well as whisper, you’re going to love this singer-songwriter too. She might just have the most expressive and beautiful voice, for a twelve-year old, you’ve heard in a long time.
The sheer emotional power of You For You rips through your soul like an out-of-control freight train, stirring up heartache, lost love and painful past memories, yet is healing and bittersweet all at once. The talent, wisdom, torment and life experience present in her vocals contradicts her age…by years!
It’s great to see emerging talents right as their talent and recognition starts to develop. This simply is a great single (and video), with lots of layers, variety, emotion, power, subtlety, all wrapped in a smooth alt-pop sound. Jena Rose Raphael sounds like she’s been around for years, developing her craft.
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You For You is a true listening pleasure. The candor of the lyrics and the raw honesty of Jena Rose Raphael ‘s voice are like nothing I’ve heard in a long while. The passion of the way her voice breaks when she’s belting it out – as if conveying the emotion is more important to her, than the appropriate delivery. The song is weighty and profound. Her music has a versatility that blurs the lines of genre.
Jena Rose Raphael rocks, she sings ballads, and she does her own writing. She does not try to hide the influences in her musical background, as her sweet lilting voice wow’s you. If you enjoy a well-crafted, soul touching song, you’ll love this. The more I listen to her, the more I’m convinced that Jena Rose can extend beyond the limits of any particular genre. She has traces of folk, whiffs of country, sprinkles of pop, and undertones of the blues.
You For You has currently hit my best seller list. I look forward to future works from this very talented young lady.
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