Episode 6

Jen Murdza | LA-based singer-songwriter and software engineer, working to help independent labels keep more of their money.

I talk with Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, Jen Murdza. Her songwriting style has been described as "an ironic marriage of somber lyrics and playful, rhythmic grooves." The Boston Globe wrote, "vocal standout, Jen Murdza, has beaten the pack by continually defying genres." Recording artist, Brandy Carlisle said, "I got to see Jen’s set and thought it was really amazing. It was really nice to see another girl singing really big and singing loud. We may kidnap her and take her on the rest of the tour with us.”

Jen’s career highlights include: Being XM Satellite Radio, Radar Report’s "Artist of the Week," a Boston Music Awards Nominee for "Best New Act," a Starbucks Music Makers Semi-finalist, and a part of New York's Songwriter Circle at The Bitter End (alumni include Vanessa Carlton and Nora Jones).

Jen is also a software engineer, working with a company that has created a platform enabling independent and small labels to keep more of their money and not have to work with and rely on (often) predatory large record labels.

Find Jen's music wherever you listen - and check out her website: http://www.jenmurdza.com/

About the Podcast

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About your hosts

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Lauren Kleciak

Lauren Kleciak is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, with much of her formative years spent in Western Massachusetts. She has spent over 30 years in broadcast news, winning numerous awards for editing, including three Emmy Awards. Lauren enjoys a variety of hobbies, including photography, drawing, woodworking, and, most especially, being in nature.

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Deb Ondo

Deb Ondo is a contemporary oil painter living in Massachusetts. Her work explores the sacred alchemy between human beings and the natural world. Deb exhibited her paintings through Emerge Gallery in New York, and is an exhibitor at the Paradise City Arts Festival. Visit debondowildart.com.

Deb also manages marketing and communications for a regional nonprofit. During her twenty years in local television, Deb received five broadcast Emmy Awards and a Pat Weaver Broadcast Journalism Award. Deb co-produced the documentary film, ArtSpirit, with Lauren Kleciak and their friend, Shirl Roccapriore.