Lewis performing in 2014
|Birth name||Jennifer Diane Lewis|
|Born||January 8, 1976 or January 8, 1977|
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Origin||San Fernando Valley, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Indie rock, alternative country, indie folk|
|Instruments||Vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, harmonica|
|Years active||1983–1998, 2008–present (acting)|
|Labels||Team Love, Warner Bros., Brute/Beaute, Saddle Creek, Barsuk, Third Man|
|Associated acts|| Rilo Kiley |
The Postal Service
The Watson Twins
Jenny and Johnny
Nice as Fuck
Jennifer Diane Lewis(born January 8, 1976, or January 8, 1977) (sources differ) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. She was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the indie rock band Rilo Kiley.
Lewis gained prominence in the 1980s as a child actress, appearing in the films Troop Beverly Hills (1989) and The Wizard (1989) and the television series Brooklyn Bridge (1991–93). In the mid-1990s, Lewis semi-retired from acting to focus on her musical career, and formed Rilo Kiley in 1998 with fellow former child actor Blake Sennett. Rilo Kiley released four albums before they disbanded in 2014.Lewis has released four solo albums: Rabbit Fur Coat (2006), Acid Tongue (2008), The Voyager (2014) and On the Line (2019). In addition to Rilo Kiley and her solo career, Lewis has been a member of the Postal Service, Jenny & Johnny and Nice As Fuck.
Lewis was born in Las Vegas.Her mother, Linda, was a professional singer, and her father, Eddie Gordon, was a member of the Harmonica Gang. Lewis is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
Lewis made her professional debut in a Jell-O commercial. She later appeared in commercials for Mattel's Barbie [ citation needed ] and Kellogg's Corn Pops, among others. She was featured in the short-lived 1986 Lucille Ball sitcom Life With Lucy , where she was cast as one of Lucy's grandchildren. She also had small roles on TV shows, such as Murder She Wrote , The New Twilight Zone , Baywatch , The Golden Girls , Growing Pains , Just the Ten of Us , Roseanne , Mr. Belvedere , and Brooklyn Bridge . She appeared on a Kids' week episode of the game show Card Sharks on August 6, 1987, at age 11, and won $500 but did not win her match.and Baby Skates dolls, Toys "R" Us toy stores, the Black & Decker Popcorn Maker,
Lewis appeared in over a dozen teen movies, such as Troop Beverly Hills and The Wizard in 1989. She was featured in the 1996 made-for-TV movie Talk to Me with Yasmine Bleeth, as well as the films Foxfire , Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even , and Pleasantville . She played the part of Evangeline "Eva" Saint Claire in the 1987 film version of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin , and also appeared in 1988 made-for-TV film set in Vienna at the start of the Holocaust, A Friendship in Vienna . She played Beverly D'Angelo's daughter in the 1996 made-for-TV film Sweet Temptation. She continued acting until 1998, although her final movie – Don's Plum , filmed 1995–96 – went unreleased until 2001.
In 1998, Lewis and friends Pierre De Reeder, Dave Rock and then-boyfriend Blake Sennett formed the band Rilo Kiley. (Rock was eventually replaced by Jason Boesel.) In an interview with NPR's All Songs Considered , Lewis remarked that she wanted to name the group Love's Way (after her parents' lounge act in Las Vegas), but Sennett "didn't go for it."Originally asked to sing back-up vocals by Sennett, Lewis refused to join the band unless she was able to sing lead vocals.
Beginning with a country sound, Rilo Kiley gravitated toward a downbeat indie rock sound, gaining the attention of Warner Bros., who signed the band for the release (via its own imprint, Brute/Beaute Records) of their 2004 album More Adventurous, which gained the band some success. Critics such as Pitchfork attributed this to the "wise" decision to emphasize Lewis's voice and presence more so than in previous albums.The song "Portions for Foxes" was a hit. Rilo Kiley's 2007 album Under the Blacklight was released directly by Warner Bros.
In 2011, Sennett hinted that Rilo Kiley had disbanded.Lewis confirmed the band's split in 2014.
A retrospective of Lewis's career by Jessica Roy in 2016 commented that Lewis was a style icon to music-loving young people in the 2000s. Roy commented:
For a particular brand of suburban girl who fancied herself cooler than her peers, Jenny was a fire-haired figure of worship. With her endless supply of cool sunglasses, vintage dresses, and hats ... she was a beacon of hope for introspective teens ... as a microgenerational sad-girl touchstone, many of us have our own Jenny Lewis Anecdote, our lives touched by her magnificent tweeness in different ways.
In 2004, Conor Oberst invited Lewis to record a solo record for record label Team Love. Described by Lewis as "a kind of soul record"[ citation needed ], Rabbit Fur Coat (released January 24, 2006) features contributions from Oberst, M. Ward, and Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine. Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie guests on a cover of The Traveling Wilburys' "Handle With Care." The Watson Twins provide accompaniment on the album, billed as Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins. Lewis toured with the Watson Twins in support of the album three times in 2006 and appeared with her band on the Late Show with David Letterman , The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson , Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Later with Jools Holland . They also appeared on a Washington, D.C.-based children's music program called Pancake Mountain , performing the song "See Fernando". The album received positive reviews, with Entertainment Weekly writing, "Consider Lewis the Emmylou Harris of the Silverlake set" and Rolling Stone commenting that "her girlishly seductive vocals are more versatile than ever". The A.V. Club, Spin, and NPR music critic Meredith Ochs named it among the best albums of the year.
In 2008, Lewis released a second solo album, this time without the Watson Twins, titled Acid Tongue .
On July 29, 2014, Lewis released The Voyager . The album took 5 years to complete and is a reflection on Rilo Kiley's break-up and the death of her father.The release of the album was preceded by the single "Just One of the Guys". The music video for "Just One of the Guys" was released on July 15, 2014 through GQ and stars Lewis, Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart, Brie Larson, and Tennessee Thomas, former drummer of The Like (now disbanded). Lewis also directed the music video.
On January 23, 2019, Lewis announced the release date of her new album On the Line would be March 22, 2019.The lead single "Red Bull & Hennessy" debuted with positive acclaim.
In 2010, Lewis formed the duo Jenny and Johnny with her then-boyfriend, musician Johnathan Rice, and the pair released an album titled I'm Having Fun Now on Warner Bros. Records. In 2015, Rice and Lewis wrote the song "Cold One" for the film Ricki and the Flash .
On July 8, 2014, Lewis began her "The Voyager" tour at the Ottawa Bluesfest in Ontario, Canada. She spent July touring the United States and released the album The Voyager on July 29. Her tour included performances at Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the 2014 ITunes Festival in London, two performances at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas.
In 2002, Lewis was asked to contribute vocals for the band The Postal Service. Lewis performed in the video for "We Will Become Silhouettes", and toured with the band in 2013.
In 2003, Lewis contributed vocals to several tracks on the Cursive album The Ugly Organ .
In 2005, Lewis contributed to the UNICEF benefit song "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?", along with Sennett and Jimmy Tamborello.
In 2006, Lewis made a cameo in Episode 25, Season 1 of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour , and six of her songs (three with the Watson Twins and three with Rilo Kiley) were featured in various episodes of the show.
In 2007, Lewis contributed vocals to various songs on Johnathan Rice's album Further North, and she appeared in the music video for "We're All Stuck Out In The Desert (And We're Gonna Die)". She provided vocals for a track on Dntel's Dumb Luck LP.
In 2008, Lewis contributed backing vocals to several songs on the Elvis Costello and the Imposters album Momofuku .
In 2008, Lewis voiced the role of the Assistant Director for Walt Disney Pictures' Bolt and provided the song "Barking at the Moon."
In March and April 2009, Lewis traveled to Australia for the first time, as an act for the V Festival, as well as a supporting act for Snow Patrol and performing one solo Sydney show.
On April 18, 2009, Lewis performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
On May 5, 2009, Lewis performed on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson [ citation needed ]
Lewis makes an appearance on the track "Hard Enough", taken from the 2010 album Flamingo by fellow Las Vegan Brandon Flowers.
In 2013, Lewis created the music score for Tribeca Film's feature, Very Good Girls . She provided original music and also included older music from her previous band, Rilo Kiley, such as the song, "Go Ahead".
In 2014, Lewis contributed an exclusive track to HBO's Girls , in collaboration with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij titled "Completely Not Me". The song was featured in the Season 3 premiere "Females Only". The song is the second track on Girls Volume Two: All Adventurous Women Do.
In 2016, Lewis contributed to She & Him's second Christmas album, Christmas Party, appearing on the track Winter Wonderland.
In 2016, the trio Nice As Fuck comprising Lewis, Erika Forster (of Au Revoir Simone), and Tennessee Thomas (of The Like) debuted at a Bernie Sanders benefit. The group opened on a number of tour dates for M. Ward.
On June 25, 2019, Lewis performed "Wasted Youth" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
On October 28, 2019, Lewis is featured on the fifth issue of Archie Comics' comic book series Jughead’s Time Police , was released on October 30.
On November 13, 2019, it was announced Lewis would be an opening act for Harry Styles on the North American leg of his 2020 Love On Tour.
|1983||It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown||Ruby (voice)||TV|
|1985||The Twilight Zone Segment "If She Dies" (1 Episode)||Sarah (ghost child)||TV|
|1986||Life with Lucy||Becky McGibbon||TV series|
|1987||Trading Hearts||Yvonne Rhonda Nottingham|
|1987||The Golden Girls||Daisy (A Sunshine Cadet)||TV series|
|1987||Uncle Tom's Cabin||Evangeline 'Little Eva' St. Claire||TV|
|1988||Growing Pains||Judy Jones||TV|
|1988||A Friendship in Vienna||Inge Dournenvald||TV|
|1988||My Father, My Son||Maya||TV|
|1988||Who Gets the Friends?||TV|
|1989||Shannon's Deal||Neala Shannon||TV|
|1989||Baywatch||Alex||TV – Shelter Me|
|1989||The Wizard||Haley Brooks||Film|
|1989||Troop Beverly Hills||Hannah Nefler||Film|
|1990||Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter||Melanie Benson||TV|
|1991||Brooklyn Bridge||Katie Monahan||TV series|
|1991||Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story||Ellie||TV|
|1992||Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even||Corinne|
|1994||Murder She Wrote – episode "A Murderous Muse"||Leslie Walden||TV|
|1994||Runaway Daughters||Laura Cahn||TV|
|1996||Sweet Temptation||Jade Larson||TV|
|1996||Talk to Me||Kelly Reilly||TV|
|1997||Little Boy Blue||Traci Connor|
|2001||Don's Plum||Sara||Filmed 1995–96|
|2010||American Dad!||Amy||Voice (Merlot Down Dirty Shame)|
|2014||Comedy Bang Bang||Herself||Replacement for Reggie Watts on "Zach Galifianakis Wears a One-Armed Jacket", season 3, episode 5; June 5, 2014|
|2015||A Very Murray Christmas||The Waitress||TV – Netflix Original|
|2019||Jenny Lewis’ On the Line Online||Host||JennyLewis.com streaming special|
Rilo Kiley was an American indie rock band based in Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1998, the band consisted of Jenny Lewis, Blake Sennett, Pierre de Reeder, and Dave Rock.
The Execution of All Things is the second full-length album released by Los Angeles-based indie pop band Rilo Kiley. Expanding on their previous musical sound that mostly incorporated guitars, vocals, percussion and pianos, the album contains heavy electronica sampling mixed into the songs in a rather unusual and displaced-sounding way. Also, unlike their previous tracks which were written in very traditional manners, the lyrics to the songs on Execution are very wordy and read like prose. Musically, the record has a very sunny disposition, with bouncing bass lines and simple melodies complemented by lead singer Jenny Lewis's vocal style, but the upbeat music is generally counterpointed by the often dark and morose subject matter that the lyrics reference. The album was recorded at Saddle Creek Records in Omaha, Nebraska, and the aforementioned features show the influence of that studio's associated Omaha Sound.
Rilo Kiley, also known as The Initial Friend EP, is the first release by Los Angeles–based rock band Rilo Kiley. It was initially released independently in 1999 under the title Rilo Kiley. It was subsequently re-pressed in 2000 and again in 2001, under the name "The Initial Friend EP" with an alternate track-listing and cover. All three releases commonly sell on eBay for between $250–400 and are fairly rare.
More Adventurous is the third full-length album released by Los Angeles-based band Rilo Kiley. The album, released on August 17, 2004, marks a significant change in the band's sound with the goal of being "more adventurous" than their previous music. The effort paid off by increasing the group's audience and garnering critical praise; noted rock critic Robert Christgau, initially naming the album the fifth best release of 2004, included it in his recap of the greatest albums of the 2000-2009 decade, placing it at the twenty-fourth spot. Christgau also declared "It's a Hit" song of the year for 2004, subsequently declaring it the eighth best song of the decade. The album eventually placed at the fourteenth spot in the Pazz & Jop ballot for 2004.
Blake Sennett is an American musician who served as the lead guitarist for indie rock band Rilo Kiley, as well as the lead singer/lead guitarist for his alt-rock side project the Elected. Until recently, he led Night Terrors of 1927 with Jarrod Gorbel. In addition to being a musician, Sennett was a child actor, appearing on the television shows Salute Your Shorts and Boy Meets World. As an actor, Sennett originally went by the names Blake Soper and Blake Swendson.
Take Offs and Landings is Rilo Kiley's debut full-length album, originally released in 2001 under the vanity label "Rilo Records," then shortly thereafter on the independent label Barsuk Records. It was released for the first time on vinyl on March 15, 2011.
Rabbit Fur Coat is an album by Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley, featuring The Watson Twins. It was released in the United States on January 24, 2006, by Team Love. Lewis has described the album as a "sort of soul record". The album contains a cover of the Traveling Wilburys song "Handle With Care", featuring Ben Gibbard, Conor Oberst and M. Ward.
The Watson Twins are an American alternative country band based in Los Angeles, formed by identical twin sisters Chandra and Leigh Watson.
Nathaniel Clifford "Nate" Walcott is an American musical composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist. He has composed the scores for four feature-length films, including 2014's The Fault in Our Stars. He is a member of the band Bright Eyes, and has played in Conor Oberst's Mystic Valley Band and with singer-songwriter M. Ward. Betweeen 2016 and 2019, Walcott was a sideman for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, joining the band as their backing pianist for their The Getaway World Tour.
Jason Lyon Boesel is an American musician based in Los Angeles. He was the drummer for Rilo Kiley and has also played with The Elected and Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band.
Au Revoir Simone is an American indie pop band from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2003. The group is composed of Erika Forster (vocals/keyboard), Annie Hart (vocals/keyboard/bass) and Heather D'Angelo.
Whispertown is an American indie project of Morgan Nagler from Los Angeles, California, formerly known as The Whispertown 2000. They have toured or performed with Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis, The Breeders, She & Him, Maria Taylor, M. Ward, Margot & the Nuclear So and So's and The Elected. Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley has stated, "Morgan Nagler is my favorite songwriter. Period."
Under the Blacklight is the fourth and final full-length studio album released by American alternative rock band Rilo Kiley. It was released on August 20, 2007, in the United Kingdom - three years and three days after the release of their third album, More Adventurous. Warner Bros. Records released the album one day later in the United States. "Silver Lining" was No. 27 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.
This is a comprehensive listing of official releases by Los Angeles-based indie rock band Rilo Kiley.
This is a comprehensive listing of official releases by Jenny Lewis, lead singer of the band Rilo Kiley.
Acid Tongue is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, released in September 2008 through Warner Bros. and Rough Trade Records. Inspired by jam sessions, the album was recorded in January 2008 in Van Nuys, California with the intent of capturing a more live feeling than 2006's Rabbit Fur Coat. Lewis worked with a number of guest musicians and wrote the album with boyfriend Johnathan Rice. Lewis, Rice, Jason Lader, and Dave Scher produced the album. Acid Tongue features musical styles ranging from indie rock to alternative country and Americana.
"The Execution of All Things" is the title track of Los Angeles-based indie rock band Rilo Kiley's second album. It was released as a single on September 22, 2003 via Saddle Creek. Rilo Kiley's cover of The Velvet Underground's "After Hours" appears as a b-side, as does a new track called "Emotional ". The single and its b-sides are available to download on the iTunes Store.
Michael Evan Bloom is an American singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and mixer who has performed, produced or recorded with artists such as Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis, Julian Casablancas, Johnathan Rice, Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, Rachael Yamagata, and was a co-founder of The Elected. Bloom plays guitar, bass, lap steel guitar, keys, drums, banjo, and harmonica. He is also a composer and has served as music supervisor for films and TV shows. He is the younger brother of actor/writer Brian Bloom and actor/producer/writer Scott Bloom.
Rkives is a compilation album released in 2013 by Los Angeles-based band Rilo Kiley.
Nice As Fuck is an all-female indie rock trio made up of Jenny Lewis, Erika Forster, and Tennessee Thomas. The band first performed at a rally for U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in April 2016 and went on to make their television debut in July 2016 on a live episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert during the 2016 Republican National Convention.Due to TV censors, they were referred to as "NAF".
…singer Jenny Lewis in 1976 (age 42)
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