Jenny Howe

Jenny HoweJenny, who comes from County Cork, NI, moved to London in 1992 and began her singing career in various theatre productions.

She joined NYJO as a vocalist in 1994 and toured extensively with the band, both in the UK and abroad. She appeared several times at Ronnie Scott’s and featured on many of NYJO’s albums, including Cottoning On, In Control and A View From The Hill. She is also featured on the compilation album Nite at Ronnie’s.

After leaving NYJO in 1996 Jenny joined Shakatak on vocals and toured Japan with them. She subsequently recorded the main soundtrack for the film The Brylcreem Boys, starring Gabriel Byrne and Jean Butler, and sang at the Cannes film festival, where it was premiered.

She has been featured singing in films including Dream, Hot Gold and the James Ellroy film L.A. Sheriff’s Homicide, and she also played the part of Mrs Croucher in the Spike Milligan film Pukoon, starring Elliot Gould and narrated by Sir Richard Attenborough.

Other TV credits include TFI Friday, the BBC’s Hall of Fame, the Channel 4 comedy series Barking and the BBC’s Looking Good. Jenny has also done voice-overs for programmes such as the BBC’s Ballykissangel, Falling for a Dancer, the Channel Five series The Imperial War in Colour, the National Geographic channel, and an Alfa Romeo commercial.

A dance album – Downtime – released by the band Playpen featured Jenny singing lead vocals on two co-written tracks that have been played on many ITV and BBC programmes. Jenny has also appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall singing with a 45-piece orchestra in the show Rhapsody in Blue, celebrating the music of George Gershwin.

More recently she has recorded an album Second Take with pianist/composer Chris Lee, featuring re-voiced arrangements of songs from artists such as Bob Dylan and The Beatles.