2021 Winner of the New England Music Awards “Female Performer of the Year”, Jennifer Tefft is a fired up, energizing presence that creates earthy music from its roots and breathes fresh, soulful, rock and roll life into them. Her music combines intense rhythms with melancholy textures and haunting vocals that wind easily from darkly ethereal to outspoken, creating her own brand of Gritty-Lush Alternative Rock.
After getting her start playing for change in the subways and streets of Cambridge, MA, Jennifer Tefft met guitarist John Parrillo met and they quickly began writing and playing together as a duo. Following several years playing the circuit in Boston and Cambridge, they released their first cd Dig This Thing along with bass player Jeff St. Pierre and drummer Phil Antoniades. They soon hit the road playing shows along the Eastern seaboard and the Midwest. Since then they have gone on to release four more CDs on Tefft’s own Gypsy Spin Music label. The past year has seen a line up change with the addition of Chris Georgenes on drums and Stephen “Sharky” Beccia on bass!
All five releases have received critical acclaim such as a 2019 New England Music Award Nomination for “Best In State”. Boston Music Award nomination for Best Female Vocalist, and a “Boston’s Best Unsigned Band” nod by local press. Shift was awarded “Best Alternative Album” by the Just Plain Folks association in Hollywood, CA. Twelve MyFm Local Music Award nominations and Four Local Music Awards. Songs from all 4 releases have been and continue to be used on National Television shows such as Cruel Summer, CSI, MTV, Stargate Universe, One Life To Live, The Young & The Restless and many others.
Tefft has shared the stage with a diverse range of artists, from Aerosmith, Warrant & Quiet Riot to Sarah McLachlan, Missing Persons, Grant Hart & The Sheila Divine to Ellis Paul and many others.
Tefft currently performs as a solo or duo or full band show and is currently working on new music.