Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Jensen McRae is a wordgirl: an artist, a songwriter, a poet, a novelist, a screenwriter, an essayist, a diarist--you name it, she's written it.
Jensen is currently in her fourth and final year in the popular music program at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. Her emphasis is in songwriting (BOOM. #wordgirl). After dabbling in Soundcloud artistry, Jensen made the bold switch to Spotify, where she released "Worthy" in March 2018 and an EP, Milkshakes, in September 2018. When she's not in class, Jensen gigs around LA, playing at the Mint and Fox & Hounds and the Hotel Café (ask her about the time she fainted there, in the green room, in front of John Mayer). Every year, part of Jensen's performance calendar includes a charity show called Love Notes, enlisting the help of her friends and classmates. So far, she has raised money for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Justin Carr Wants World Peace, No Kid Hungry, the GRAMMY Foundation, and Everytown. Jensen is also a Sofar alum; she played Sofar Los Angeles shows in November 2017 and April 2018, and played with Sofar San Francisco in July 2018.
In addition to writing for herself, Jensen collaborates with pop producers to pitch music for other artists, and for film and TV placements. She has written with Alonzo "Novel" Stevenson, Nick Lee, and Jason "Spicy G" Goldman.
But a wordgirl doesn't just write music; she writes everything else, too. Her poetry has been published by Hooligan, Into the Void, Occulum, and Alchemy. She also won second prize at the 2018 USC Undergraduate Writer's Conference in the Creative category for a collection of poems entitled Requiem for Bundy. In high school, Jensen fell in love with slam poetry, joining her school slam poetry team for her junior and senior years. During her senior year, a poem she co-wrote with a classmate, "Trumpets," was featured on Button Poetry, a slam poetry conglomerate with more than 900,000 YouTube subscribers.
Her love of slam poetry led her to another love: screenwriting. At 16, Jensen penned her first ever feature film, entitled Blister Fiction. The script advanced to the Second Round of the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. Jensen has since written two additional feature films and is at work on a fourth. The short film she wrote and co-produced, "Since Feeling," recently completed postproduction and is being submitted to festivals. Visit the CONTACT page to request information on any of her film projects.
As if this isn't enough, Jensen also for some reason decided to write young adult novels. She wrote her first her senior year of high school, and has written three additional manuscripts since. Visit the CONTACT page to request information on any of her literary projects.
In addition to her four novel manuscripts and three feature films, Jensen has written hundreds of songs and poems. She has filled eight journals and is working on a ninth. The girl really just won't shut up. She has so much to say. As a young black woman living in a particularly turbulent political climate, speaking at all is a radical act. Jensen hopes you know she is speaking in the third person by now, and she also wants you to know how much words mean to her. She believes that language has the power to move people, that a well-placed comma or a particularly poignant run-on can change the course of one's life. She has been touched by countless other writers--Bon Iver and Buddy Wakefield, Kurt Vonnegut and Kaveh Akbar, Corinne Bailey Rae and Chuck Palahniuk, Alicia Keys, Sara Bareilles, Elif Batuman, she's forgetting plenty but trust her, there are so many more--and she hopes one day to reach the next generation of young wordgirls, crying into journals, typing so fast they wake the neighbors.