Jenny Whiteley is a Canadian country and folk singer-songwriter. She was a member of the band Heartbreak Hill, and released several solo albums of folk music. She has won two Juno Awards for her music.

Jenny Whiteley
Born (1971-01-14) January 14, 1971 (age 49)
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresCountry, folk
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1976–present
LabelsMapleMusic Recordings
Associated actsSarah Harmer
Amy Millan

Early life and familyEdit

Whiteley grew up in Toronto. She is the daughter of blues musician Chris Whiteley and his wife Caitlin Hanford.[1] Her brother is Dan Whiteley, who is also a folk musician and singer, and her uncle is folk musician Ken Whiteley.[2][3]


She began her musical career as a child, recording with Canadian children's musician Raffi along with her brother Dan.

In the 1990s she performed with the bluegrass band Heartbreak Hill.[4] Just prior to that band's breakup, she released her self-titled debut album in 2001,[5] and followed up with Hopetown in 2004. Both albums won the Juno Award for Best Roots & Traditional Album of the Year.[6] She has released three more albums since: Dear, Forgive or Forget and The Original Jenny Whiteley, all getting good reviews. Her last four records have been released through Black Hen Music.[7] Steve Dawson produced Hopetown,[8] Dear and Forgive or Forget.[9]

She has also collaborated with Sarah Harmer, Amy Millan, Carolyn Mark and Riley Baugus.

Personal lifeEdit

Whiteley moved from Toronto to a country home near Elphin, Ontario in eastern Ontario with her musician husband, Joey Wright (b. October 9, 1973), in January 2002. She and Joey have two daughters, Lila (born April 16, 2003) and Audrey (born September 18, 2007).


With Heartbreak HillEdit

  • Heartbreak Hill (1998)[10]


  • Jenny Whiteley (2001)
  • Hopetown (2004)
  • Dear (2006)
  • Forgive or Forget (2010)
  • The Original Jenny Whiteley (2016)

Awards and recognitionEdit

Juno Awards
  • 1999 nominee, Best Roots/Traditional Album: Group: Heartbreak Hill
Canadian Folk Music Awards
  • 2007 nominee, Best Contemporary Album: Dear
Juno Awards
  • 2001 Best Roots/Traditional Album: Jenny Whiteley
  • 2005 Roots/Traditional Album of the Year: Hopetown


  1. ^ "Jennny Whiteley – Following family footsteps". No Depression, December 31, 2006
  2. ^ "Jenny Whiteley – Following family footsteps". The Journal of Roots Music. December 31, 2006. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "The Original Jenny Whiteley". Exclaim!. September 16, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Live Reviews: The Stardust Picnic". Chart Attack, July 11, 1999, Howard Druckman
  5. ^ "In harmony with your family roots". The Globe and Mail, Carl Wilson, TORONTO, December 14, 2000
  6. ^ "JunoFest preview: 'Doesn't everybody's mom have two Junos?' Jenny Whiteley's daughters say". Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen, March 23, 2017
  7. ^ "Jenny Whiteley Forgive or Forget". AllMusic, Review by Paula Carino
  8. ^ "Jenny Whiteley Hopetown". AllMusic Review by Erik Hage
  9. ^ "The alphabet project roars back from vacation...there's a fog upon LA, sitting here in blue J way". No Depression, July 2, 2010
  10. ^ "Bluegrass Thrives in Northern Nich"Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (April 11, 1998). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 1–. ISSN 0006-2510.

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