"Sheryl Crow meets Janis Joplin, and they drink wine... and get heart-shaped tattoos. That's kinda my sound."
Jennifer Corday is an award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist who has shared stages with Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McLaughlin, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, The B-52s, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. She is a prolific songwriter and seasoned professional with star quality and charisma, presenting live shows that leave people wanting more. Corday has built a large and loyal following in Southern California performing hundreds of shows a year at local bars and venues.
She is a true influencer, building a global brand for lesbians everywhere, with strong networking, clever merchandise, and grassroots live tours that capture life-long fans. Combined with smart marketing, her dynamic personality and musical skill have earned her over 8K Facebook followers and a flourishing YouTube Channel with over 10K subscribers.
Corday is performing live all over SoCal, at venues now open, and out of her new Jeep equipped with lights and sound. Corday's show schedule is in full sweing, even as she records new original songs.
"Lollipop" was released in July of 2021! This retro hip-hop jam presents the theory that we may all have hard candy shells outside, but inside "we are all Tootsie Rolls." The video was shot in Huntington Harbor and included over 300 Tootsie Pops and 50 pounds of taffy. Co-directed by Corday and Dave Richmond, the video features Jay Boogie and his dance team and over 25 actors that start out hard, but soften up by the end.
Inspired by the pandemic lockdown, Corday invested in a 2021 Jeep with pro sound and lights so she can bring her music to the streets! Meanwhile, she continues to write and record, delving into the hearts and homes of her West Coast fans.
"Shoulda Left Sooner" was the first song of 2021: This hilariously fun, country-rock romp includes a top-notch video shot in Pioneertown, starring lesbian comic Suzanne Westenhoefer. Recently honored with a screening at the 2021 Long Beach Queer Film Festival, the video debuted on Westenhoefer’s new talk show, after other famous celesbians like Martina Navratilova and Lily Tomlin, and caused a lot of LOL.
Corday's remake of the classic Helen Reddy song "I Am Woman," co-produced with L.A.-based mastermind Matt Thorne of MT Productions, dropped in February, just after the inauguration of our first ever female Vice President! Corday produced a slide show video featuring powerful women who have been an inspiration to her over the years.
Corday in 2020
While sequestered during COVID-19 lockdown, Corday recorded and released several parodies, including the "Bohemian Virus Rhapsody" that went viral with nearly one million views. She also got serious and recorded “Anchor,” one of her greatest songs to date. The video for this amazing love song was shot outside the Queen Mary in Long Beach waters and soared into the hearts of fans.
Corday also penned "I Can't Breathe" after George Floyd's murder, staying up all night to write and record the cello parts. The song has become a beloved anthem in support of Black Lives Matter. "Home," is a raw, acoustic track that is featured in the movie Maybe Someday, where Corday also makes an appearance as an actress.
Corday’s Track Record
Corday has over five award-winning studio albums and 20 awards under her belt, including Best Female Acoustic Act, and Best Live Band at the OC Music Awards. She's also performed for the troops overseas in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Macedonia.
Corday’s music and videos have been awarded by LA Weekly, GLAMA Awards, and LA Music Awards. She's been a Battle of the Band Finalist for KISS FM and STAR Radio. You may have seen her as an actress on the national Ride with Pride Uber commercial, in award-winning lesbian films, or heard her music in MTV documentaries and numerous movies.
In addition to her Corday career, she created the Melissa Etheridge Experience and the Sheryl Crow Show—two top-notch tribute acts that perform at large concert venues and casinos across the nation.
Corday’s festival resume speaks volumes. In addition to her yearly performances at The Dinah Shore Weekend, Corday has performed at Womenfest in Key West, Women’s Week in P-Town, and at Pride Festivals across the nation. She has also performed on Olivia Cruises, The Melissa Etheridge Cruise, Country Cruising, and many more including a river cruise down the Danube—expanding her fanbase around the world.
Corday’s anthemic sexy drinking song "Second Shot" (featured on You Can't Change My DNA) is the title track of the series, starring Fortune Feimster and Jill Bennett, and can be heard in the movie At Your Own Risk that was played at the 2018 WOMEN IN ACTION Film Festival Opening Night.
Her video "Daffodil Shotguns" showed at the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles, spawning loyal followers against gun violence.
Teaming with photographers and filmmakers Jane Clark, Jen Rosenstein, and Michelle Ehlen, Corday has furthered her career with stunning videos and imagery. Her “Dragonfire” video received rave reviews at film fests across the nation. "Tear Into You" was shot and edited by Jen Rosenstein and won Best Music Video at the Cynema Systers Film Fest. "Kaleidoscope," shot DIY style while touring in Europe, is a fan fav and celebrates the beauty of the broken.
Her producers include Matt Thorne (The Eels, Trapt, Ratt, Warrant, Everclear, Eddie Money, Game Of Thrones) Brian Pothier (Peter Asher, Bob Malone) and Gavin MacKillop (Sarah McLachlan, Toad The Wet Sprocket, The Escape Club). Corday works with incredible musicians including drummers Jorgen Ingmar (L.A.Vation), Keith Larsen (Oedipus), guitarists Brian Pothier (Peter Asher), Damien Smith, Larry Bustimante, and Darryl Marini (The Johnnies), bassists James Rubel, Terry Law, Mikey Hachey (String Puppets, L.A.Vation), and many more.
Corday was inspired to record Helen Reddy's anthemic feminist hit song "I Am Woman" after performing it live at a Women's March down Main Street in Seal Beach, CA. "It got such a great response," explains Corday, "and it was super cool to see really young girls diggin' it too. I hope the song underlines their belief in themselves and the reminder that they can indeed do anything." The song was released right after the inauguration of the first female Vice President, Kamala Harris, which is especially sweet timing. "It's so exciting to finally have a woman in the White House," beams Corday, "and I hope this song can be turned up and enjoyed even more, as a reflection of the time." The production was intense, and Corday tracked most of it at her home studio. Besides singing the vocals, she added four tracks of acoustic guitar, twelve tracks of live cello, and invited nine or her fellow singer-songwriter friends to sing on the recording. "It was quite a production," she explains. "I worked with my producer Matt Thorne in Burbank through Zoom. He is just awesome and adds all the other instrumentation." As a final touch, Corday thought of inviting several of her singer-songwriter friends to participate in the recording by adding their vocal to the final chorus. "It's so important to collaborate, especially during these dark times of isolation during the pandemic," Corday asserts, "and I am so grateful they all agreed to participate." Nine women ended up singing from their home towns and home studios, and sent in files for Corday to add to the mix. It was actually a lot of work," Corday laughs, "and my producer yelled at me for adding so many more vocal tracks!" But it was worth it. "I think it sounds amazing. It gives me chills to hear that huge group of women singing together. It's such an empowering song." Corday remembers her mother listening to Helen Reddy, and followed her work ever since. "It is tragic that she passed in 2020, but I am glad to be keeping her music alive. I hope new generations of listeners will be turned on to the song when they discover my interpretation of it."
Guest Vocalists: Krysta Carson, Laura Coyle, Kelly Fitzgerald, Ali Handal, Michelle Mangione, Carmela Scalzo, Larisa Stow, Tanya Tassi, and Sean Wiggins.