About Jen Korte & The Loss
Jen Korte hit the ground running since she first picked up a guitar 9 years ago. Raised in Texas, this 27 year old songstress, had a strong desire to tap into her eccentric Austin surroundings when she was 18. She began teaching herself to play and soon thereafter began playing small gigs in Austin and surrounding areas. Some of her earlier years landed her opening spots for national acts; Tegan and Sara, Melissa Ferrick, and Bitch (formerly of Bitch and Animal).
In 2005, she packed whatever she could fit in her car and headed off to Denver, CO and has been there since.
Since then, Korte has established her style, her name, and her band, The Loss. She has been nominated as the Denver Westwords Best singer/songwriter of 2008 and 2009 and has played several top venues in Denver including the Bluebird, The Gothic, and The Walnut Room opening for national acts: Chris Pureka, Cameron McGill and What Army, Michelle Malone, and The Grand Archives. She has also been seen in New Mexico, New York and toured in the Midwest of fall of 2009 to Minnesota, North Dakota South Dakota and Iowa. She will be seen at the end of February 2010 accompanying Tiny Television as their female vocalist for Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco and Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA.
Someone has said that if “ Nick Drake and Janis Joplin had a love child, Jen Korte would be it.” Known for her strong lyrics and powerful delivery, her voice has been the master instrument in defining what her music is as well as her dynamically layered guitar playing. Teaming up with “golden throated” Jessica DeNicola, the two have created a pair of songbirds that leave their audience swirling in their harmonies and wanting more.
"Jen Korte is not a thousand feet tall, but her voice makes you believe that she is. From the moment the air leaves her lungs ... her powerful, alluring voice places you out of your mind and into a raw, unveiling of the truth behind her lyrics." Dave Preston, Colorado Music Buzz
Their recent debut album release Jen Korte and The Loss ( September 2009) has been rated one of the top albums of 2009 by the Denver Westword and has been met with overwhelming praise across the board. Korte's weathered, world-weary voice (reminiscent of Rachael Yamagata and Lucinda Williams), harmonies from Jessica DeNicola, and the band’s evocative use of instrumentation create a late-night, listen-by-yourself album that does not neatly fit into any genre. As Korte describes it, "a little bit of make-out music, a little bit of crying music, and a little bit of rock."
“Throughout her debut, particularly on cuts like "Fleeting Love," Jen Korte's voice drips with seduction, longing, saddness and regret. With admirable depth, she also displays unyielding resolve in the face of her inherent vulnerabilities. A talented cast of players, add welcomed texture to Korte's otherwise sparse compositions, making her first outting one to remember.” – Denver Westwords Best albums of 2009
"... it's a work of sheer beauty that utterly consumed us the first time we heard it." Dave Herrera, Denver Westword
"An unbelievable record. It's brilliant." Jake Schroeder, KQMT Radio, The Mountain Homegrown.
Recent media coverage for Korte has included a cover story in OutFront Colorado(September 2009) and a 1500-word feature in the Denver Westword(September 2009).