Jenn Rogar

  • Genre
  • Singer-Songwriter
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Singer-Songwriter ★
  • Musicians
    • Fred Nelson Jr. — drums
    • Jenn Rogar — singer-songwriter
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?


"Imagine" by John Lennon.

Bonus: You're welcome to submit additional questions and answers of your own below.


Why do you sing? I sing because it is the best way I express myself, and I want to be a part of the healing and sowing of love on this planet.

How do you describe your music to people?


Soulful and socially conscious jazzy folk rock.

Tell us about how you first started gigging.


I began by playing open-mics at Capitol Garage back in 1998 and got my first gig not long after that at the Fox & Goose opening for Anton Barbeau.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


My best show was my last one on January 26 at the Momo Lounge, because I had a wonderful crowd and the best sound I ever had (as good as Harlow's when I played there a year ago), and I shared the evening with Skyler's Pool. Great ambiance and wonderful staff! Had a great time!!

Tell us about your worst gig.


A place out on Del Paso Heights Boulevard, and the owner tried to not pay me and told me she "wasn't feeling it.'

What artist or band are you a little embarrassed to love, and why?


Englebert Humperdink. He had a pretty horrible name, but such a wonderful voice.

What was the first song you learned to play?


"Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin.

What's next for you?


Third CD/album, Mothers Heart, in June and an upcoming tour this summer of Northern and Southern California. Music video for "Shadow Man" now and the issue of homelessness.

What's the story behind your stage name?


It is my stage name. My real name is Jennifer.

What's your favorite local artist/group?


Empty Wagon, Skyler's Pool, Steve McLain, Hans Eberbach, Gillian Underwood, David Houston, Kevin and Allyson Seconds, Autumn Sky, Loose Engines, Drop Dead Red, Alicia Asporate.

Who are your biggest influences?


Joan Baez, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughn.

Who first inspired you to play music?


My high school band teacher, Clyde Quick, at Placer High School. I played the flute in the marching band and pep band for four years.

Words to live by?


To each his own, or live and let live, or celebrate diversity.

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