Jensen McRae is a singer, songwriter, screenwriter, poet, essayist, novelist–you name it, she’s written it. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jensen began playing piano at age 7 and seriously writing original music in middle school. In high school, she began writing music for charitable organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and No Kid Hungry; the latter led to a collaboration with Chad Clark of Beauty Pill.
Since the fall of 2015, Jensen has been a student at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music as a popular music major with an emphasis in songwriting. Being a pop music major has afforded Jensen several incredible opportunities, including playing her original music for Desmond Child, performing as part of tribute bands for Linda Perry and Lamont Dozier, and performing her original song “Hometown” at the 2016 freshman convocation.
Through USC, Jensen has also collaborated with students in the School of Cinematic Arts on “Since Feeling,” a short film she wrote and produced. It is currently in post-production. In addition to short films, Jensen writes feature length films, one of which, Blister Fiction, is currently being submitted to production companies. Jensen has also written two young adult novel manuscripts, several short stories, and multiple collections of poetry–and her original songs number in the hundreds. Jensen is currently collaborating with USC faculty member and critically acclaimed songwriter/producer Jason “Spicy G” Goldman on several writing project; Goldman is most well-known for his work on Michael Bublé’s platinum-selling 2016 album “Nobody But Me.”
Jensen’s sound has been compared to Sara Bareilles, John Mayer, and Corinne Bailey Rae. Her other musical inspirations include Alicia Keys, Adele, and Bon Iver.