With a sultry voice that carefully articulates every syllable of wisdom sewn into her lyrics, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Jensen McRae crafts sentimentally deep music that has come full blossom this year with the release of her debut EP, Who Hurt You?. Her propensity for songwriting and singing is also exemplified in her latest single “My Ego Dies at the End” and in recent collaborations with other artists such as Chiiild’s single “Gone.”
Guided by executive producer Rahki (Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, EarthGang, Sampa The Great, etc), McRae’s EP blends a songwriter’s subtle touch — McRae penned all the song’s on her album — with a polished and hi-if sound. Slow and methodical, the album rushes through with undercurrents of deeply seeded emotions and on-the-surface observations. Writing both about love, life and the complicated moments we find ourselves in, McRae handles themes with care and finesse.
Born in Santa Monica and growing up in Woodland Hills, McRae is an L.A. artist through and through, steeped in the rich musical and cultural influences around her, including her own background growing up in a bi-racial Black and Jewish family.
This year’s success for McRae has been slowly brewing for a long time, with years of dedication and passion for music that led her to GRAMMY Camp in L.A. and to USC’s Thornton School of Music on a full scholarship. With a mountain of momentum behind her, Jensen McRae comes into 2022 with performances at Primavera Sound and additional tour dates across the U.S. supporting Amos Lee.
Words: Patti Sanchez