Saturday evening, 17 September 2016, was an exuberant night for some of the many talented artists in the Beehive State as they attended the 2016 Utah Music Awards gala event held at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo, Utah. In attendance and an award recipient, was independent American composer, pianist, violinist, and concert performer, Jennifer Thomas.
The awards are designed to give promising musicians some recognition and an opportunity to network. The judges for the competition are all professionals in the music business, and many of them work in fields that hire new talent.
Jennifer collaborated with Utahn Tel Stewart to create a great forest ballet to accompany her awesome rendition of “Carol of the Bells.” The video published on her YouTube channel on 16 December 2015, won Best Cinematography.
In the description of the video, Jennifer comments, “Carol of the Bells is a song that has been a favorite of mine for many years. I’ve been known for performing it around Christmas time as well, and so when I was writing music for my “Winter Symphony” album, I knew I wanted to include this song. I wanted it to be a very cinematic version of the music, and so it’s with great pride that this music video turned out as beautiful as it did – because I feel that it fits the music so well.” The video features the beautiful and talented 16-year-old Carolynne May Guinup as the ballerina. The song and album are available for download on iTunes, for streaming on Spotify, and for purchase on Amazon.com.
Jennifer was trained by her mother (Carolyn Southworth) and started playing the piano and violin at the age of 5. Her genres of music include Classical, Crossover, and New Age. She began composing music in 2004, and in January 2007, she released her debut album Key of Sea – an album consisting of her original compositions and arrangements.
Jennifer is the mother of three and the wife of an ultra-marathoner. She is best known for writing and performing piano-centered orchestral music from classical music to classical music crossover and cinematic instrumental. Most of her works are original creations, but she also covers classical pieces as well as pop music and movie soundtracks.