Christmas music video! 

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!

 

2018 was awesome!!! 

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!

 

Lebanon, OR

Lebanon, OR

Beaverton, OR

Salem, OR

 

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!

AFV! 

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!

Halloween - Buddy the Elf! 

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!

Adventures Ahoy! 

The cover image for the album Adventures Ahoy

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!!!

Pirate captain Jenks looks out upon the ocean blue

Pirate captain Jenks be surprised to see ye!

 

Merry Christmas! 

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! 

Aargh! Behold, pirate captain Jenks 

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.

Pirate Captain Jenks - September, 2015

 Pirate Captain Jenks - September, 2015

 

Pirate Captain Jenks - September, 2015

Pirate Captain Jenks - September, 2015
Blimey! Gutted by me own offspring!

Pirate Captain Jenks - September, 2015
You really gotta belt out them high notes!

Pirate Captain Jenks - September, 2015
Crossing blades with me hearty 10-year-old.

Pirate Captain Jenks - September, 2015

Who says pirates can't be good dads?

Summer shows galore! 

July was a crazy busy month, with lots of events. I played 17 shows, which is the most I have ever done in a month. I played the Fourth of July in Endicott, Washington, all of the libraries in the Spokane County Library District, the Salem Art Fair in Oregon, and more. I made lots of new friends, and it was a total blast! Here are a few of the highlights (for more, click on photos):

 

Teaching the kids how to do a sweet dinosaur impression!

Teaching the kids how to do a sweet dinosaur impression!

Played Spokane Valley, which used to be our home library!

Hanging out with an awesome fan, who even brought his own kazoo so he could rock along!

Rockin' Robin!

After the shows, I ordered a sweet new guitar. Check it out!

So what's next? Well I'm all ready to work on a new album. I already have two songs ready, and more are on the way. I can't wait for you to hear what's next!

Teaching juggling and Go Ergo! 

Happy June, Jenks fans!

I wanted to share a fun music video I recently created at my day job. I was working on a safety video series about office ergonomics, and I was asked to come up with a creative way to promote the series. Relying on my Jenks experience, I decided to write a sweet rap song! They let me shoot a sweet music video, starring myself and about 50 of my coworkers, and we put it on YouTube. It's fully my style, and I had a blast creating it. Check it out: 

I also was recently hired by Salem's "Statesman Journal" to teach columnist Capi Lynn how to juggle. We did a preview article, which you can read HERE. A few weeks later, I met Capi at the park right next to Oregon's capitol building, and she learned to juggle! Read the article, see the pictures, and watch the video HERE!

Corey teaches Capi Lynn to juggle

Two-person juggling

Ready for action! 

So last year marked a big change for Jenks. I relocated my family from Spokane, Washington to Salem, Oregon. I got a sweet new job making videos for a large company. In 2014 I played some new gigs around the Salem area, and of course I made it out to Spokane and the surrounding region for some of my favorite shows. 

In October I had the gig of a lifetime! My wife and I were flown to Anchorage, Alaska so I could perform on a sweet reindeer farm. We spent a few days driving around and seeing the gorgeous sights, and then I performed for the Reindeer Farm's fall family festival. Even though it was raining, I had a total blast. Check out some of the pictures!

I am really looking forward to a great 2015. I have booked a series of library shows in Spokane the week of July 6, and there are some other great shows and events on the calendar as well. Rock on!