Trinity House Theatre exists to enrich and enliven the communities of Southeastern Michigan through brave, truthful and necessary works of art.

Trinity House Theatre
38840 West Six Mile
Livonia, MI 48152

The Lucky Nows – November 11

Advance tickets for the Lucky Nows must be purchased at this link.

Born to unusually hip parents in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, singer-songwriter Jen Cass was raised on a healthy mix of folk music, homegrown vegetables, spontaneous dancing, black licorice and Motown. When asked about her childhood Jen muses, “I remember my mom doing pirouettes around the living room with Joan Baez and Simon & Garfunkel blasting in the background. Then dad would pull out his guitar and we’d all sing Tom Paxton songs. My sister and I werent allowed to watch TV, so we sang, danced and read every book we could get our hands on. By the age of five, I was a miniature troubadour in bad seventies clothing, quoting Jack London and belting out Jim Croce tunes. I love my parents for that.

While her fashion sense has evolved over time, Jen has always remained true to her folk roots, writing beautifully crafted songs that draw comparisons to songwriting legends Bob Dylan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls, and Dar Williams, as well as playwright Eugene O’Neill. In the words of Suzanne Glass of Indie-Music.com, Cass songs are lyrical gems. She weaves fables with her words that would make Aesop jealous. In November 1996, Jen released her first CD, Brave Enough To Say, and quickly sold over 2000 copies. Jen recorded Brave with the help of the world famous Russian surf-rock band Red Elvises. We mixed contemporary folk, traditional country, gypsy scales, oatmeal raisin cookies and extreme sleep deprivation to create a totally unique sound, quips Jen. Rick Nelson of the Tacoma News Tribune agrees, calling Brave Enough To Say an excellent debut and Jen a gifted storyteller with a great voice. Agendas Alan Goldsmith raves, Jen Cass paints heartbreaking snapshots of lives gone wrong like nobody else.

After years of tireless touring, Jen caught the attention of producer John Jennings, who has co-produced eight albums and four #1 singles by Mary Chapin Carpenter, as well as discs by John Gorka, Janis Ian, Beausoleil, and many others. The result of their first collaboration, Jens sophomore release Skies Burning Red, received glowing reviews from critics worldwide including Rich Warren of Sing Out! and Pam Winters of Dirty Linen, was nominated for 2 Detroit Music Awards and 6 Review Music Awards, was #12 on WHFR’s Best of 2003 list (between John Mayer and Evanescence), was a Midnight Special Pick Hit of the Week, and received radio play all over the world. The songs from Skies Burning Red won awards in nearly every major songwriting contest, including the 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the 2003 USA Songwriting Competition, the 2003 International Songwriting Competition, the 2004 Great American Song Contest, and the 2004 Billboard Worldsong Contest.

Jen’s latest release, “Accidental Pilgrimage” was also produced by Jennings, and features the work of Jon Carroll and Dave Mattacks. “Accidental Pilgrimage” was one of the most added CDs of the summer of 2006 for folk and Americana radio, spawning five Top 25 hits including “Dear Mr. President” which finished the year at #26 on the 2006 Folk Chart, and is still receiving airplay worldwide. “Accidental Pilgrimage” was a Midnight Special Pick Hit and CD of The Week in June 2006, was featured in Dirty Linen and Sing Out!, and won the 2007 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Acoustic/Folk Recording.