Jennifer Saran – Artist Biography – 2016
Jennifer Saran is a North American alt-pop/adult contemporary artist, songwriter and vocalist based in Hong Kong. Her debut holiday-themed album Merry Christmas, You Are Loved was released in 2015 to critical acclaim and widespread radio exposure. Her 2016 follow-up album Walk With Me was produced and co-written by legendary producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Sting), and released on his Tarpan Records label. The first single ‘Rise Up Time‘ reached #37 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Indicator Chart.
Her new single ‘Wake Up‘, features not only Narada once again but the incredible talents of Carlos Santana and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The stunning collaboration is a heartfelt appeal to the world to recognize and address inequality and impoverishment, a cause incredibly personal and important to all the amazing artists involved.
Jennifer Saran was born in Washington DC to a Canadian mother and American father. Her mother loved the music of stage theatre and opera and her father was a trained classical pianist. She spent her early years in Chicago, Illinois, where in primary school her music teacher told her mother she had perfect pitch. Jennifer was not allowed to miss any school concerts because she had “the strongest voice in the choir.” She then went to boarding school in Switzerland, where she learned to speak French and German and enjoyed winter sports within a multicultural environment. It was at the local Episcopal Church with her school in Villars, Switzerland, where she first realized how much she loved to sing, performing Handel’s Messiah a cappella (alto) with her school and the village choir.
Attending high school in Alexandria, Egypt, Jennifer performed in school plays and learned to speak Arabic. She then attended The American University in Cairo, earning a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. Throughout her years growing up in Egypt she and her friends always followed the local Egyptian live bands that performed American and British pop music, dreaming of one day being a professional singer.
She spent years away from music – raising children, working in various corporate roles, only singing in the shower or her car, rarely having any time away from work or children. She was moved to Philippines for an international corporate role where she spent 2 years, followed by another role in Singapore where, after two years she moved to Hong Kong. Hong Kong has been Jennifer’s home for the past 24 years.
Stumbling upon a women’s choir with the AWA in Hong Kong in 1992, Jennifer joined as a Mezzo (second soprano/first alto). She and members of that choir broke away in 1997 and formed a registered charity in 1997, named The Hong Kong Women’s Choir, where the group performed to raise money for local charities. Under the brand name ‘NOVA’, along with an additional cappella subgroup named ‘The Grace Notes’, the choir’s aim was to perform more contemporary music and raise money for the disadvantaged in Hong Kong. THKWC has performed for multiple events over the last 19 years, including charity functions and public performances, and while many local and international women have joined and departed over the years, Jennifer is the sole remaining founding member.
Jennifer Saran established a memorial trust in 2007 in the name of her late husband, Kuldeep Saran, who was one of the promoters of Distacom Communications Ltd, a telecommunications enterprise with investments in Sunday Mobile (HK), Spice Telecommunications (India Pvt Ltd), Madacom (Madagascar), Asia Pacific Capital (Pvt) Ltd, and Lifetree Technologies Pvt Ltd., and was executive Chairman of e-Kong (HK) at the time of his death.
The mother of 3 children, Paul, Phillip, and Anjali, Jennifer is also involved in many charitable efforts, including The Kuldeep Saran Memorial Trust, whose objective is to support the education and well-being of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong, and KSMT Ventures, which manages the use of donations which fund charitable projects. (One such project is AnEW, a Christian Action program supporting refugee women and asylum seekers in Hong Kong). Proceeds from her musical endeavors will go to the Kuldeep Saran Memorial Trust and the Hong Kong Women’s Choir, for the educational support of disadvantaged children.