It was easy to become smitten with Jennifer Hartswick's voice, seeing her perform as part of Chicago rock band "Van Ghost" at Wicker Park Fest this past July. I had intended to leave the Fest in time to catch Chicago-based Funkadesi at the Celebrate Clark Street Fest. But once I heard Jennifer sing, I was so mesmerized that I forgot all about those grand plans.
Her most impressive vocal range, slightly reminiscent of Ann Wilson, demonstrates a Fleetwood Mac like blending ability, particularly when she sings as part of Van Ghost with Michael Harrison Berg. Her silky voice quickly and easily evolves into an explosive timbre.
When Jennifer sings, you really cannot take your eyes off of her. From breezy, softer melodies to belting out balls-to-the-walls rock songs, she can do it all. And just when you think you know what she might do next, she surprises you with a trumpet and plays the hell out of that, too! How lucky is Van Ghost to have Jennifer Hartswick in its band!? At a time when artists tend to use all manner of flamboyance in an effort to be noticed, it is refreshing to see Hartswick's commanding stage presence that actually leads with her talent, rather than a gimmick.
Jennifer Hartswick is the kind of singer whose voice you want to hear more of. She's accessible, full of raw soul, and gives her all in every performance. Her jazz album, “True,” seems to express the core heart of this singer and musician's extraordinary musical stylings.