Jimmy Sferes and Jennifer White’s shared musical journey began in 2002, and since then they’ve recorded several CDs, been featured on the Hallmark Channel’s New Morning TV show, performed on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and, most recently, written the soundtrack for the film Out of the Wild.
Jimmy played his first guitar at age seven. Now, (never mind how many) years later, he says, “It’s like an old friend who won’t let you down.” Born in Queens, you can bet New York was an easy place to get lost in the shuffle with so many musicians on every corner. But when Jimmy played the slide guitar there wasn’t any doubt, it was the slide that got the gigs. Moving to Colorado in the 70’s, it didn’t take long for him to get involved in the local scene. Through the 80’s he continued to stretch his musical tastes, playing in funk, jazz-fusion and R&B bands. As he says, “It’s all fun to play, no matter what the style, I just love getting out there and doing it!” During this time, he performed at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (1996) and the Oregon Summer Solstice Festival (2001).
He has opened for such diverse luminaries as David Wilcox, Delbert McClinton, Blues Traveler, Larry Coryell, Richard Elliott, and America. Jimmy has released CD’s with his last four collaborative projects. The first was the five-piece southern rock flavored band “Borrowed Time.” After that, he took the acoustic direction as a duo, making the self-titled CD “Acoustic Food Chain” in the mid 90’s. Following that was a CD with “Dixon, Sferes, and Shreve” combining the talents of singer-songwriter Moe Dixon, and the extraordinary guitar playing of Tommy Shreve. He’s currently working in the studio composing music for film and television.
Jennifer grew up in a musical family, and has been singing and playing percussion since she was a child. Since beginning her professional career in 2002, she has done studio recordings and radio sessions; she has also performed with acappella groups, acoustic duos and trios, rhythm and blues bands, and a country rock band. Her first studio effort involved providing backup vocals for the Narrow Gauge Band’s CD, Gravedigger’s Delight,” produced by Doug Haywood (an original member of Jackson Browne’s band) and Guy Murrel. After that she sang some backup for Cup-a-Jo’s latest CD “Enough’s Enough.”
Listening to her father playing stand-up bass she was exposed from a very early age to blues, jazz, gospel and big band sounds. These influences can be felt in her soulful performances, as can her appreciation for artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, and Rickie Lee Jones. Jennifer’s other passion is environmental sustainability, and she was the Executive Director of a national nonprofit called the Simplicity Forum, a multidisciplinary alliance of leaders committed to “achieving and honoring simple, just and sustainable ways of life.” She also was the Co-Founder and Director of Education for the Green Heart Institute (GHI) which helps people understand the global impact of their choices, connect with their values and live more sustainably. She is currently the Director of Sustainability and an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Studies Department at Colby-Sawyer College.