It's no secret that women can rock just as hard, if not harder, than men. But there seems to be a disparity when it comes to their representation in the music industry. They are topping the charts but barely getting any slots at big name festivals (this years Coachella lineup is 90 percent male). To do what we can to celebrate these women and give them the positive recognition they deserve, each week Music Times will introduce you to a female in the music industry whom we love.
Singer-songwriters, rappers, DJs, producers, filmmakers, and any woman who is part of the music industry is fair game for this segment. So read on, and get to know the women who continue to wow us. This week we'd like to show off...
Name: Jenny Lewis
Profession: Singer-songwriter, musician, actress
From: Las Vegas, Nevada
Why We Love Her: Jenny Lewis is a prime example of what it means to go from being part of an influential band (Rilo Kiley) and taking off as a solo artist. She's been plenty busy over the past few years working with the likes of Conor Oberst and M. Ward, putting out Rabbit Fur Coat in 2006 with The Watson Twins and Acid Tongue in 2008. She's also collaborated with The Postal Service and Cursive in the early 2000's. Most recently, Lewis has made headlines with her song "Completely Not Me," produced by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, which showed up on the season three premiere of Girls.
Background: Lewis was born in Las Vegas. Her mother, Linda, was a professional singer and her father, Eddie, was a member of the Harmonica Gang. Clearly musical talent runs in the family. Lewis has managed to make a name for herself both in the music industry but also as an actress. Back in the day, she made brief appearances on Baywatch, The Golden Girls, Growing Pains, Just the Ten of Us, and Roseanne.
Fun Fact: Lewis got her acting start in a Jell-O commercial.
What Now: Lewis has stated that her next album will come out this spring. She recently told Rolling Stone that the inspiration for the album was insomnia.
Listen: "Completely Not Me" from the Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do... soundtrack.