America’s Violinist, Jenny Oaks Baker, is a Grammy Nominated, Billboard No. 1 recording artist, and performer. Whether her music is experienced live or through one of her many recordings or music videos, it is impossible to escape the magic of her artistry.
Jenny began playing the violin at age four, and made her solo orchestral debut in 1983 when she was only eight years old. She received her Master of Music Degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Jenny Oaks Baker has released fourteen albums as a Shadow Mountain Artist, having sold nearly a million copies since 1998. Her album “Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney” earned a nomination at the 54th GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Jenny’s albums consistently chart on Billboard, with her 2010 album “Then Sings My Soul” hitting the #1 spot on the Top Classical Albums chart two weeks in a row. Her next project, “Noël: Carols of Christmas Past” was produced and arranged by Emmy award winning composer Kurt Bestor and features former “Celtic Woman” star Alex Sharpe. Her next CD, “Classic: The Rock Album” was also been met by critical acclaim and is yet another Billboard chart-topping album. Jenny’s subsequent album, “Awakening”, featuring soul-filling inspirational hymns and epic classics, spent 20 weeks on the National Billboard Charts, hitting No. 4 on the Classical Chart. Her newest album, “The Spirit of God: Classic Hymns & Spirituals” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Charts.
Jenny Oaks Baker’s performance career is equally impressive. She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, the Library of Congress and as a guest soloist with the National Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the internationally acclaimed Tabernacle Choir on Temple Square. She has also been featured in television and radio broadcasts nationwide. Over the years Jenny has collaborated with such luminaries as Gladys Knight, Kurt Bestor, Marvin Hamlisch, and the former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Jenny’s emotionally stirring music has been featured on the soundtracks of many films, including Helen Whitney’s PBS Documentary, “The Mormons”, TC Christensen’s hit films, “17 Miracles”, “The Cokeville Miracle”, & “Love Kennedy”, and alongside music by “The Killers” in Mitch Davis’ film, “Christmas Eve”. Additionally, Jenny starred as the violinist character, Mandy in “Christmas Eve”, a film starring James Roday, Jon Heder and Patrick Stewart. Jenny was also featured performing the Barber Violin Concerto in the award-winning documentary “Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty”. And music from her Grammy Nominated Album, “Wish Upon a Star” is featured at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Disneyland to introduce their nightly fireworks shows.
The Jenny Oaks Baker YouTube Channel features Jenny’s inspiring and entertaining music videos and enables more people throughout the world to experience the thrill of her music and performance. These videos have been enjoyed by over 5 million viewers and are partially made possible through Jenny’s Patreon.
With her extensive performing and recording careers in addition to her superlative education, Jenny is an esteemed expert and has served as a judge for The Stradivarius International Violin Competition. She is also the recipient of the Utah Governor’s Mansion Artist Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression.
For seven years, Jenny Oaks Baker performed as a first violinist in the National Symphony Orchestra before resigning in 2007 to devote more time to her young family. Jenny, her husband, and their four musical children reside in SLC, UT. Jenny and her children perform together throughout the world as Jenny Oaks Baker & Family Four.
Some of Jenny’s music