Jennifer is a professional singer/songwriter based in the Live Music Capital of the World – Austin, TX! She’s also an American Idol Finalist, the reigning Ms. Texas, a presenter on Big Review TV and a regular performer at various venues around Austin. Jennifer is available performances and appearances – for more information contact Jennifer at jenniferfuentes.com.
The Song-filled Road I’ve Traveled . . .
Every one of us is on a journey where we are continuously growing and changing. Jennifer Fuentes has come a long way since her childhood in Homestead, FL where she first took the stage.
Like many children, Jennifer had a passion for performance from a young age. Talent shows, school plays, pageants – she seized every chance she could. After being crowned “Miss Homestead”, Jennifer was proud to become the youngest contestant to ever compete for the Miss Florida crown. It was an experience that set the stage for what was to come next.
From American Idol to Ringmaster of the Greatest Show on Earth
In 2003, Jennifer’s life and career changed in a way she never would have imagined. That year a little show called “American Idol” discovered Jennifer among the 60,000 hopeful contestants. Her rich voice and warm personality won the judges over, bringing her all the way to the Top 30 Finalists. She was a personal favorite of judge Paula Abdul. Jen still owns a personalized necklace Ms. Abdul gave her, which says “When you wish upon a star you’ll soon become one!”
Suddenly Jennifer found herself in an extremely large spotlight. She was being featured in major media outlets like USA Today, People Magazine, YM Magazine, Latina Magazine and Entertainment Weekly. But the highlight was getting an invite to perform the National Anthem at the most important venue in the country - the White House.
Just when Jennifer thought things couldn’t get better she received the call of a lifetime. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus wanted Jennifer to join their act as a singing ringmaster. It was the first time in the history of the circus that a woman had been asked to take on the role. Without hesitation Jennifer stepped into the ring for a U.S. tour as the Songstress of the Circus for The Greatest Show on Earth.
Jennifer got a real taste of what it’s like to tour and perform around the country. In addition to performing up to 13 shows a week, Jennifer also acted as the ambassador of the Circus. One moment she would be interacting with the young fans and the next she’d be taking E! reporters backstage for a news segment.
“I really had the chance to discover myself. It was the most amazing touring life experience that no one could teach in a classroom!”
Making Beautiful Music of Her Own
After honing her live performance skills, it was time for Jennifer to take her singing talents into the studio. Her first country track recording of “Angel Give Me Wings” with producer Brodie Stewart was so well received she was given the opportunity to record a demo CD in Nashville. She was also signed under manager Robert Hayes of Sound Mgt.
That path ultimately led her to the “Live Music Capitol of the World!” Living and working in Austin, TX among so many other talented artists has been an inspiration for Jennifer. It’s an experience that has helped Jennifer craft a unique sound and voice all her own.
Her vibrant yet soulful voice was quickly noticed. Jennifer was asked to join Sauce the Band, a popular 10-piece cover show band led by two-time Grammy winner Carlos Sosa.
See Jennifer Perform Live!
Jennifer continues to work on original music that she shares with audiences around Central Texas. Blending together her love of pop, Latin, blues, jazz, country, rock and folk, Jennifer has created a one-of-a-kind sound that’s unlike anything else in the Live Music Capital of the World.
You can catch Jennifer’s shows at Truluck’s Downtown and Manuels or book her for your own event. Her impressive repertoire, chameleon-like voice and captivating stage presence will entertain audiences of all sizes.
~Peace, Love, Happiness and Music Forever ~