Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist Jenni Alpert (Birth name: Cameron, Cami) was born in Los Angeles CA and adopted out of the foster care system at the age of four. She started to sing and play piano while staying in various foster homes. By the encouragement and support of her adoptive family, she learned to play the guitar as well and began writing and record songs.
With her honest rich songwriting and soothing musical melodies, songstress Jenni Alpert’s haunting, powerful, and sultry voice has gained the respect of fans and music tastemakers worldwide (AOL music). Her emotionally driven songs blend modern day pop influences with favorites Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London, Patsy Cline, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Rickie Lee Jones, and Edie Brickell. Equally inspired by the vocal delivery and songs from male soul singers Bill Withers, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, and Soloman Burke, Jenni Alpert weaves a unique web of eclectic Soul-Americana Pop.
Upon recently reuniting with her biological father who was homeless, addicted, and running from the law at the time, a documentary film team decided to make a film Homeless: the Soundtrack about their reunion and the unique bond they share. The two perform and share their story together along side supporting the film as a duo under the name Cami and Don.
After years of being estranged from both her birth parents from having been placed in the foster care system to be adopted out in the early years of her life, and having missed the opportunity to met her birth mother when she was still living, years later with the assistance of a private investigator, Alpert found and reunited with her biological father. During their first meeting, which was initially all that had been intended, upon introducing herself as her birth nickname “Cami” to connect the early dots of both their pasts, she discovered he was happily homeless, running from the law, and addicted to drugs, but also a musician just like her. A few weeks into their reunion her birth father chose to leave a life of petty crime and drugs behind to join forces with Alpert. As their incredible developing relationship took flight, she met Chockstone Productions producers Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, who upon hearing details their reunion story and reading ‘Home is Where My Heart Is’ the self penned article by the duo of Alpert’s adoption and of their biological reunion story published by Groknation edited by friend Mayim Bialik, Chockstone producer Steve Schwartz introduced Alpert to award-winning who is an nominated, Peabody and Emmy winning documentary film director Irene Taylor Brodsky who later followed, filmed, and interview, the dynamic duo during the second phase of their relationship detailing their life stories apart as well as their reunion and now life together. As Alpert aided her birth father through different stages of rehabilitation, acclimation, and self-discovery also getting to know him musically through developing and recording music together, documentary maker Brodsky filmed many days of them together editing what was to become the documentary short “Homeless: The Soundtrack” which was selected and screened at Tribeca Film Festival 2018 and honored with a Jury Award, won best short film at Nantucket Film Festival 2018, had a one week run at the Laemmle Royal Theater in West Los Angeles, and is short listed for an IDA award in the short doc category.
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As familiar with jazz and Americana as she is pop, Alpert graduated from UCLA’s Ethnomusicology Department after completing a four-year jazz program headed by Kenny Burrell. No stranger to the recording studio, Alpert released 8 albums: Pieces (produced by Jimmy Paxson, Dixie Chicks Stevie Nicks, Jimmy Messer Anna Nalik, and Stevie Blacke, Pink Ellie Goulding), 27 Minutes in Bologna (produced by Nicola Fantozzi, Laura Pausini Josh Groban), No Second Guesses (produced by Julian Coryell Aimee Mann Alanis Morrisette), Underneath the Surface (produced by Brad Smith, Blind Melon Anna Nalick), and Take It All (produced by Mikal Blue, Colbie Caillat). While touring in Europe, Italian label Cappuccino Records decided to release Shining Light, Alpert’s first vinyl, a collection of solo live performances recorded in Italy. Not long after, on a cross country tour of the US, Alpert stopped in Nashville to record a selection of songs live in one take with guitarist Guthrie Trapp (recorded and mixed by Rob Matson) which garnered the attention of Scurve Records who signed her and released Until Then, her most recent acoustic body of work featured on Sirius XM radio. Following that, she recently has released her newest fully produced album, Nothing Less.
Alpert has independently performed in over 14 countries and her music has been featured on major Network Television shows including Castle (ABC), CSI Miami (CBS) The Real World, Teen Mom, 16 and Pregnant (MTV), and has been featured on Sirius XM Radio The Coffee House. She has supported veteran touring artists such as Loudon Wainwright III, Luka Bloom, and Kaki King both in the US and in Europe. Upon releasing a few independent albums on Itunes, Alpert was selected to record her song Untied by The Sun Studio Sessions for PBS at Sun Studios in Memphis, TN, recording home of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, and B. B. King. In Europe, she has covered quite some ground. Fans in Europe may remember her performance in Cambridge supporting Hank Marvin, her full band performance at Morning Glory in Paris, her first vinyl record release on Italian label Cappuccino Records recorded live in Bologna Italy, or perhaps from watching her on tour in the Netherlands, supporting UK artist Jon Allen, Irish songwriter Luka Bloom, and Dutch songwriters Giovanca, and Elske de Wall performing in venues Paradiso, Paard van Troje, and Doornroosje, Tiviloi, Paard Van Troje, Nieuwe Nor and on radio 2 and radio 6 Dolf Jansen. Aussies may recall hearing her music on ABC radio while on the In Search of the Perfect Flat White Tour.
Jenni Alpert mainly plays Gibson and Gretsch guitars and uses D'addario, LR Baggs, Nord Keyboards, Luna, and Bose products.
It is the deep connection to the roots of historical recordings of memorial artists and timeless songs in Soul, Country, Amerciana, Jazz and Blues genres made at Motown, Stax, Muscle Shoals, Sun Studios, and Capitol Records that keeps Alpert writing, recording, and performing original music.