JENN GRANT at C'est What (67 Front East), Friday (June 8), 1 am. $10, free w/ $28 NXNE wristband. 416-867-9499. Rating: NNNNN
Jenn Grant would make a great merch girl. At least that's what Leslie Feist thought when she mistook the Halifax-based songstress for her T-shirt-peddling assistant.
"I was just standing there with the merch," says Grant. "She really only thought that for one second."
If anything, Feist should have mistaken Grant for, well, herself. The 26-year-old occasional member of the Heavy Blinkers has the same warm, jazzy warble as Feist and a similar minimalist sound.
Armed with an acoustic guitar, a bevy of catchy tunes and a killer new album Orchestra For The Moon (Paris 1919), which was recorded at the CBC Grant might just give Feist some serious competition.
While she exudes confidence and has a knack for performing, there was a time when a career in music was in doubt.
"I played some gigs when I was about 14, and after that my stage fright kicked in," says Grant, who's also an accomplished painter.
It was so bad that her voice and hands would shake uncontrollably.
"I couldn't execute the shapes of chords. I felt like I had a gift and couldn't share it. It was devastating."
Fortunately, after playing a very small gig with two cousins in front of seven people, she managed to kick her phobia. Now Grant's embarking on an East Coast tour that includes a jaunt to New York.
There's growing buzz, and it seems like nothing can keep Grant from becoming Canada's next soul-pop darling. Well, almost nothing.
"For the record, I would be Feist's merch girl. No problem."