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Jenna Gibbons

Jenna Gibbons

Biography

Jenna G is an independent artist, songwriter, producer and broadcaster from Manchester working in the music industry for 25 years.

Having cut her teeth on mics across Manchester through the late 1990s club and pirate radio scene, Jenna exploded onto UK dance floors soon after with releases via genre defining labels Soul:r, MetalHeadz, Renegade Hardware, V Recordings and Hospital Records.

Published by EMI in 2001 and signed to Warner UK with the band Uncut, The Uncalculated Some, released in 2003, sampled The Doors, Al Green and The Bee Gees. ‘We recreated the samples so the splits were pretty reasonable’ Jenna recalls, ‘I was more focused on having my name in the same sentence as John Desmore and Barry Gibb in the credits. That still blows my mind!’ Jenna continued as a top-line writer for EMI after Uncut’s end, achieving major chart success with Shapeshifters UK (Back to Basics, Incredible and Sensitivity ft. Nile Rodgers) all the while creating drum and bass anthems on her solo album For Lost Friends (2006) and club classics collaborating with artists Frankie Knuckles, The Qemists, Netsky, Chase & Status, Zed Bias and DJ Die.

Jenna has spent her life committed to music – writing, releasing and performing with DJs to full orchestras (in and out of the studio), thousands of performances around the globe with millions of units sold and streamed.

Jenna continues to write and release music independently performing with her band Jenna & The Gs, consulting on event production and supporting young creatives in the Manchester music scene and wider indie community, sharing her experience and platform to amplify, inform and support through projects run by social enterprises Reform Radio, Sharp Futures, Brighter Sounds and music initiatives by The Youth Music Charity. 

Manifesto

I’m fortunate enough to be a part of the small amount of the 18.4% of female PRS members eligible to stand for this position. Understanding the imbalance of this statistic I put myself and my experience up for your vote for a position as a PRS Council Member.

The music Industry has changed rapidly throughout my 20 years of being a PRS member, the most dramatic changes in technology having a massive impact not only on my statements (yeah!) but more importantly the accessibility at which writers/composers from all walks of life can, with ease, now create and capture compositions ready for and accessible to global markets/audiences and the commercial benefits of the music industry.

As a respected rights society PRS has been, for so long, instrumental in being able to respond effectively to protect and collect on its members works within the rapidly changing landscape of the music industry. Staying ahead of these changes for itself, its members, and the industry as a whole means incorporating the experiences, rights and creative expression of all writers/composers into processes that action on their behalf.

Standing for this position my aim is to begin the much-needed reflection of current and potential PRS writer members within the PRS Members’ Council. I’m passionate about preserving accessibility to music and creating diversity across the whole spectrum of the industry and grateful my contributions to music have made me eligible for this opportunity.

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