MY STORY

" Music is a world within itself, it is a language we all understand.” ~ Stevie Wonder

An endless passion for music, for voices,
for discovery, for people, for life.

Hello, I’m Jenny. I live on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. I’m a musician and I love all aspects of music. From creating, playing and sharing music, to supporting live music and fellow musicians. I enjoy listening to every genre, and take inspiration from all types of music and musicians. I respect and support other musicians and I love hearing about their journeys.
Music has always played a vital role in my life. I was born in Scotland, and from a very young age, I’ve always been drawn to music. I’d always get chills from music and how powerfully music can affect a moment and impact a memory.
One of my earliest memories of music as a kid is that of taking long drives with my father. Dad would drive us up to the Highlands, where we’d take long walks through these huge hills. We’d be exhausted at the end of the hike, when we’d stumble into the warmth of the car to prepare for the long drive home. My dad would turn up the music and have it blasting, all the way through the hills and back to our house. This is one of my most vivid memories – driving home through the Highland hills, music blasting, comforted, safe and loved.

At school, music was my favourite subject, even at lunch breaks where I’d intentionally go back to the music room to play the piano. I totally loved geeking out in the music room! I started learning piano at 7 years old, but I never fully enjoyed the lessons until my dad showed me how to compose. With this new realisation that I could create music, I fell head-over-heels in love.

I was lucky enough to have a supportive group of teachers who recognised this talent, and encouraged me with lessons and additional tutoring. When I was 15 years old, my 10-minute composition was recognised by the school at a special concert where my solo piece was performed with an orchestra. I felt very lucky to have such a supportive school where my love of music was allowed to grow.

I continued with my love of music by studying arts and music in London. My life revolved around music – from my studies, musical theatre, and learning guitar. Whether it was at college or collaborating with other artists, I loved learning about all aspects of music, and how music could affect people.

It’s also through music that I met my Aussie husband in London. We shared a love of theatre and music, and it was through this bond that we connected and fell in love. We moved back to his home-town of Sydney, married, and started a beautiful family.

It is my love for music and family that directed my heart in my future occupations when I moved to Australia. I love working with children and seeing the impact that music has on their health and happiness. And I was lucky enough to be able to combine my love for music with my empathy for children in numerous roles when I moved to Sydney.

These included working as a Captain Starlight at the Starlight Foundation, performing in Barney the Dinosaur tours, Bob the Builder shows, New Mac Farm – Max & Milly shows, Mad Science and working with the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy.

For the last 5 years, I have been using my love of music while working in the challenging, yet incredibly rewarding, role as a Clown Doctor for the Humour Foundation. I am based in the Children’s Hospitals at Randwick, Westmead, Royal North Shore and Bear Cottage. Armed with my trusty ukulele as Doctor Dotty, and bolstered by other Clown Doctors, I am inspired daily by the courage and love that I see in the families, nurses, doctors and workers I meet.

As you can see, music has affected every aspect of my life, and continues to do so.

I am inspired by the power that music has to describe and elicit emotion. Whether it is joy, belonging or sadness, music can evoke so much, and give so much to both the composer and the listener. Music can describe the broad complexities of life; from the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows.

I believe music doesn’t just have the power to make you feel. It also has the power to heal.

Music can be spiritual, deeply connecting and express emotions that words can sometimes struggle to convey.

I love composing and sharing music. I believe that success is defined by personal satisfaction in creating something you love, regardless of the number of record sales, and it is with this belief that I am embarking on this journey to express myself through music.

My Kickstarter campaign aims to provide a free album to the wonderful Red Nose charity, which helped my husband and I when we lost my 18-month-old son, Jamie, in 2010. Red Nose gave so much to us, and I hope that this album can help other bereaved parents through their grief. The Kickstarter campaign is called Love and Let Go – An Album for Bereaved Parents. The album of 12 songs will be given free to Red Nose to share with all parents who access its services. All proceeds from sales will also go to Red Nose.

I’d love your support on this adventure, and I’d love to hear from you. You can find me at Facebook page Jenny McGregor Music or join my mailing list.

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