I gotta tell ya, I sure love narwhals They’re the unicorns of the sea I’m pretty sure that their tusks are magical So raise your hands up if you love narwhals The mega mammals of mystery My forever friends they’ll always be...I love narwhals
Enjoy this fun new single all about one incredible creature. Now available on all streaming platforms!
Happy fall, everyone! So for the past two years, like most musicians, I haven't had a lot of concerts. While there was some downtime I decided to do something I've always wanted to do....take voice lessons!!! My 13-year-old daughter and I take weekly lessons from a professor at Willamette University (Salem, OR), and it's been a really fun challenge. The human voice is such a complicated instrument.
I recently recorded a progress marker of sorts, and thought it would be fun to share it. Check it out!
2020 was a difficult year for the entire world, and it was strange to have all my shows cancelled. I wanted to end the year on a positive note, so I recorded my rockin' version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and shot a music video in my house. Enjoy!
As the new year begins, I had a chance to look back at 2018, and me oh my, we had a crazy fun year. I added plate spinning to the show, and now the dancing dinosaur is a standard feature at every show (thanks to my awesome daughters, Maddiesaurus and Sharliesaurus). We played a bunch of libraries around Portland, had a very smoky show in Airway Heights, WA, did a special school luau (I've been working on my Samoan fire knife dancing), and made lots of new friends along the way!
Many thanks to all who booked us. We're looking forward to a great 2019!
Rocking the Salem, OR library!
After the summer shows finished, my favorite holiday arrived...HALLOWEEN!!! This year I wanted to be Left Shark from the Katy Perry Superbowl Halftime Show! I did a special halftime performance at the office (I'm a video producer by day).
Here's the halftime show!
I also learned a new skill; juggling while riding a One Wheel. It was crazy fun!
So a crazy thing happened in the latter half of 2017. I submitted a video to America's Funniest Home Videos of Gemma's Christmas tantrum, and they told me we were finalists in their holiday special! Here's what we submitted:
We flew to L.A. in October and taped the show with Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton from "Fresh Prince") on Friday, October 13.
Incredibly...WE WON!!! It was absolutely bananas. The kids were super excited, and I got to live out my dream of singing on national T.V. Unfortunately I can't post the interview here, but I can post the video of my younger brother watching the dramatic reveal:
So cool. We had a blast with all the AFV staff, and the whole experience was just awesome.
When December rolled around I received another call from AFV. They informed us that we were in the top three for the $100,000 prize! We packed up the kids and headed back to L.A. This time we hit up Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. Did we win the huge prize? Well you'll just have to watch our trip video to find out!
In other news, we have booked lots of fun gigs this summer. Check out the calendar page to catch all the details. And if you come to a show this year you'll get to see a brand new juggling skill...PLATE SPINNING! I'll even be pulling an audience member to be part of the act. I can't wait!
This Halloween my dream FINALLY came true! I have wanted to be Buddy the Elf for years, and this was the year it all happened! My wife spent hours working on our Buddy and Jovie costumes. It was her first time working with fur and making spats! She did all the embroidery on my jacket too.
It was a total blast to wear the costume to work, and the weather was perfect for trick-or-treating. I've never been hugged so much in my life! So much fun. Happy Halloween, friends!
Ahoy mateys! The new album is here, and I'm so excited for you to hear it. "Adventures Ahoy!" was inspired by my gig last fall, where I was a shanty-singing pirate for author Heidi Schulz's release party (check her books out here). I thought, "I bet writing pirate songs is rad," but then I thought, "I can't do an entire album of just pirate shanties!"
Adventures Ahoy features songs about all sorts of adventures. Car trips, snake charmers, ghost peppers, and sunburns. I even tell all my embarrassing sleepwalking stories. And yes, they're all true. I feel bad for my poor family. They have had to deal with a lot of nonsense over the years.
You can hear all the songs on the album, and if you like what you hear, then please purchase the album in a digital or physical format. And if you go the extra mile and write me a review on iTunes or Amazon, I will give you a virtual high five! Now avast, ye landlubbers. Aargh!!!
Merry Christmas, Jenks fans! I hope this December finds you well. 2015 was a fun year for me. I can't wait for 2016. I'm hard at work on a new album, and I'm loving writing and recording new songs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
To ring out the old year, here's a cover of one of my favorite Christmas songs, Little Saint Nick!
Recently I had a very unique request for a gig. Salem, Oregon author Heidi Schulz hired me to be the singing pirate at her book release parties in Portland and Salem. The book is called "Hooks Revenge: The Pirate Code," and it's published by Disney. You can see the book here!
Check out some photos from the events, as well as a video clip.