Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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Katie Monahan on Brooklyn Bridge, Indie rock band Rilo Kiley
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Jenny Lewis (born January 8, 1976, in Las Vegas, Nevada) is an American singer, musician, and actress.
Lewis is a current member and lead singer of the indie rock band Rilo Kiley, and has also released a solo album. She is also a former child actress.
Lewis made her professional debut in a Jell-O commercial. 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 such TV shows as Baywatch, Golden Girls, Growing Pains, Roseanne, Mr. Belvedere, and Brooklyn Bridge.
Lewis went on to appear in over a dozen movies, mostly teen-themed movies like Troop Beverly Hills, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. 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, The Wizard, and Pleasantville. She also played the part of Evangeline "Eva" Saint Claire in the 1987 film of Harrriet Beecher Stowe`s novel Uncle Tom`s Cabin. She continued acting until 2001.
In 1998, she and friends Pierre De Reeder, Blake Sennett and Dave Rock formed the band Rilo Kiley. (Rock was later 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."
Beginning with a country sound, Rilo Kiley gravitated toward a downbeat indie rock sound, and with its 2004 album More Adventurous found widespread success. Critics such as Pitchfork Media attributed this to the "wise" decision to front Lewis on most of the songs (on earlier albums, Sennett contributed about half the vocals). The song "Portions for Foxes" was a hit, and in 2005 the band was picked up by Warner Bros. (via its own imprint, Brute/Beaute Records), putting them on a major label for the first time. The band opened for Coldplay on its U.S. tour in 2005. Rilo Kiley`s 2007 album Under the Blacklight was released directly by major label Warner Bros.
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In 2002, Lewis was asked to contribute some vocals for The Postal Service, whose album Give Up was an international success. Lewis performed in the video for the hit "We Will Become Silhouettes", and toured with the band in 2003. Lewis also contributed vocals to several tracks on the 2004 Cursive album The Ugly Organ.
In 2004, Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes invited Lewis to record a solo record for record label Team Love. Described by Lewis as "a kind of soul record," 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 (and Lewis`s bandmate in The Postal Service) 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. 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 Onion AV Club, Spin, and NPR music critic Meredith Ochs named it among the best albums of the year.
In 2005, Lewis contributed to the UNICEF benefit song "Do They Know It`s Hallowe`en?", along with Sennett and Jimmy Tamborello.
In 2007, Jenny 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)".
In the April 2006 issue of Spin, Lewis lists the "Music That Changed My Life" in a full page article, noting predominantly late 1980s and early 1990s hip hop music as important influences on her musical development. Albums such as N.W.A.`s Straight Outta Compton, De La Soul`s 3 Feet High and Rising and Beastie Boys` Paul`s Boutique are listed in the article, as well music by Too $hort, Jungle Brothers, Black Sheep, Souls of Mischief and Freestyle Fellowship. In the same article, she is quoted as saying "I`m an Eazy-E girl" showing her adoration for the deceased rapper and former member of the group N.W.A.. She remembers an encounter with Freestyle Fellowship member Aceyalone, "I actually saw them in the early `90s at a Hollywood Club. I went by myself, and Aceyalone picked me out and freestyled about me. Maybe it was part of his shtick - to dis the enthusiastic but lonely white girl. I must`ve looked like such a poser."
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Jennifer Diane Lewis
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Jennifer Diane "Jenny" Lewis (born January 8, 1976) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. She is best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the indie rock band Rilo Kiley.
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1985–present (acting) 1998–present (music)
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TV commercial for Kellogg's Corn Pops, TV commercial for Toys 'R' Us, (1987) TV commercial for Fruit Corners' product Fruit Swirl Bars (dehydrated fruit) by General Mills, (1987) TV Commercial: Jill talking dancing doll by Playmates
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www.jennylewis.com/, rilokiley.com/, www.npr.org/artists/15453251/jenny-lewis
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Indie rock, alternative country, Indie folk
Vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, harmonica
1985–present (acting), 1998–present (music)
Team Love, Warner Bros., Brute/Beaute, Saddle Creek, Barsuk
Rilo Kiley, The Postal Service, The Watson Twins, Jenny and Johnny
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