AWARDED CELTIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY CELTIC MUSIC RADIO AND NOMINATED FOR TRAD ALBUM OF THE YEAR BY TRADCONNECT, THIS NORTH CAROLINA FOLK SINGER, HAS A STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MUSIC THAT TRAVELED OVER WITH THE SCOTTISH SETTLERS.
Spending her youth as a competitive Scottish Highland Dancer encouraged her interest and love for the Scottish traditions. Jennifer is an exceptional vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who plays the piano, guitar, and bodhrán (Irish drum). After living almost a decade in Scotland and Ireland, Jennifer realized the strong similarities between Scotland and North Carolina...and her music began to branch out into a genre that honors those connections.
“I believe that the music needs to connect with the audience through our shared emotions and experiences for us all to feel that which can only be experienced through music.”
Jennifer works as a performer, educator, and advocate for cultural inclusion in education. She founded and operates the non-profit Highland Echoes carrying out three large-scale projects to support the mission of cultivating awareness and preservation of Scottish culture, she runs The Cultural Classroom providing resources and support for teachers, and she has her own podcast called Respecting Diversity in the class.
Jennifer is currently living in Brazil as an ex-pat, raising two trilingual and extremely energetic boys, and a very sweet white lab named Bailey. In her free time, she enjoys running and being by the ocean in any capacity. Probably not important to a professional bio, but Jennifer’s favorite color is aqua, her favorite food is mint chocolate chip Ice cream (Yep, that’s real food) and her Starbucks choice is a grande americano.
"Licko certainly has a voice made for the concert hall..."Boston Irish Reporter
"From Swansboro, North Carolina, super-soprano and mega multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Licko could very well be the heir-apparent to Canada’s Loreena McKennitt and Clannad’s Maire Brennan." Celtic Life Magazine
"...For those unfamiliar with Celtic music, it was obvious from where much of America's folk and bluegrass were birthed." Brad Rich, Tideland News
"The CD delivers a folk vibe while staying true to her beloved musical influences from living in both Scotland and Ireland where she experienced music that felt close to her heart and home." Irish American News