Jen Ayers

Jen Ayers is a vocal dynamo, pianist, songwriter, playwright and recording artist. She and her guitarist partner Graham formed Seattle indie alt-rock band Honey Tongue, playing thousands of shows across the U.S., releasing 3 albums and sharing bills with the likes of Jack Johnson, Tom Petty and Bill Frisell.

Her powerhouse vocals and electric stage performances have earned high-profile invitations to sing the National Anthem at NBA/MLB games nationwide and share the stage with members of Heart, REM, Pearl Jam and most recently Dave Matthews at Seattle’s Moore Theater for SMASH. She “delivered mind-bending vocals” in “House Of Thee Unholy” (Led-Zeppelin inspired Broadway-level burlesque at Seattle’s Triple Door) and currently fronts Wild Rumours – A Fleetwood Mac Experience.

Since 2012, Jen has also been performing at Teatro Zinzanni. First in “Return To Paradise,” which enabled her to dabble in the things she loves most: singing, acting and dancing. She even spun from a cirque cage while performing Honey Tongue’s original song “I Wanna Go.” Then, in “Be Italian” and “Hollywood And Vine,” she brought the character of Donatella DiMarco to life – a feisty Italian New-Jersey born chanteuse.

She also collaborated with Zinzanni to develop "Big Top Rock: Dream On," a Rock ‘N Roll Family Show in which she played the role of the Blondie-esque Jenny Jupiter. And subsequently starred in "Big Top Rock: Rock This Way" as Donatella with an all-star band (Hans Teuber, Keith Lowe, Igor Abuladze and Jose Martinez).

Jen followed up her debut solo CD “Every Day Is A Parade,” with “SHe Said”, a concept album and theatrical production about gender identity and transition, encompassing Ayers’ signature blend of piano-driven 70’s soul/pop meets rock-n-roll with soaring vocals - a nod to classic rock operas (The Wall, Tommy) & gender-bending musicals (Hedwig). 

The "SHe Said" double album, produced by Jeff Fielder, was released on vinyl, CD and digital distribution September 2022.

The “SHe Said” show, directed by Daryle Conners, hit the stage October 2022 for a 4-night, sold out run at Seattle's Broadway Performance Hall to huge acclaim - and featured Jen, Graham Ayers, Marc Kenison (aka Waxie Moon), and a live band (Kathy Moore, Rebecca Young, Melissa Montalto, Geoff Reading and RL Heyer). Stay tuned. More SHe Said goodness to come!


photos by Ernie Sapiro