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Jen Grygiel


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Music makes it better. Jen Grygiel, originally from upstate NY, learned this early on after her parents brought her back a guitar from a trip to Branson, Mo. Little did they know that this instrument probably saved her life.

After playing under various band names (MEandJOANCOLLINS, Steel Poniez, and Yes, Sir), Grygiel is embracing who she is—an out musician who is proud of her name. She identifies both as a musician and as an LGBT/social activist. Her current self-titled EP GRYGIEL benefits the It Gets Better Project, which seeks to help LGBT youth envision a life that’s worth living. She also co-founded an organization, No Gay Left Behind, to encourage high school alumni to form virtual gay-straight alliances.

Grygiel writes about love, painful experiences, and things that piss her off. The lead track on her latest EP, 5:30 am, is a result of nights spent lying awake prior to a break-up, while Drive Me is a hopeful track that captures those excited moments after finally meeting a “sweet girl.” With the help of Woolly Mammoth Sound, she will be releasing a single this fall titled, Make it Out, which is a song-ified version of her It Gets Better story. She will also be performing at CMJ and with the Lovers (Portland), Des Ark (Philly) and The Shondes (NYC).

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