Jena Kraus is a self taught musician born in Philadelphia. Discovered by vocal coach Rita Cavell at
the age of nine and was thrust into the world of entertainment. Influenced heavily by her hippie parents vast record collection, she had written her first batch of songs before she turned twelve. On a dare, as a teenager, she entered a Model search contest held by Ford Models. After winning (hand picked by Eileen Ford herself) Jena was on her way to New York City to be groomed for a career in modeling.
While still writing songs and playing in the New York music scene, Jena quickly lost her taste for the model lifestyle and decided to focus solely on music and forming a band. Though still underage, she would charm her way into places to play her songs for people when she met the (then unknown) members of Blind Melon. They took Jena under their wing and made several recordings with her. Subsequently she was invited to sing on the critically acclaimed "Mouthful Of Cavities" from the album "Soup" and was featured singing along side Shannon Hoon in the documentary
"Letters From A Porcupine." She signed deals with Warner Chappell Music and Giant Records. Other musical endeavors followed including soundtracks, jingles, and reuniting
and recording with Grammy winning songwriter Eric Bazilian (One Of Us). He had befriended Jena years earlier after hearing her sing on a street corner somewhere in Philly. Jena has made vocal contributions crossing over musical genres on albums as diverse as Joseph Arthur's, Temporary People to CKY's, An Answer Can Be Found.
Described as "...soulful, sweet, haunting, and angelic, with a knack for creating interesting harmonies." Jena's honest approach to songwriting and her bare bones delivery can make a fan out of almost any genre of listener.