jess penner

Thank you! We made it to #2!



Wow! Imagination shot up to #2 on the iTunes Children's chart on the day of release. It was so much fun to watch it climb up the charts... I feel truly humbled by all of your support and messages of encouragement regarding the release of my first ever Kid's record!

There have been so many blog features and cool little press tidbits that I would love to share with you about the new record. Also a HUGE shoutout and thank you to Beth Blenz-Clucas from Sugar Mountain PR for her awesome work getting the news out.

Garden Island (Kauai, HI) – feature story

Indiewire – posted about the album and a “track premiere” 

Summitzine – feature by Gary Chun 

Eat the Marshmallow --  a super fun review in August newsletter and blog:

Motherhood Moment-  review posted on 8/16!: 

Mr Jeff 2000 – NYC based dad blogger posted about the lyric video in a roundup :  and reviewed the album :

A Nation of Moms -  review posted on August 11:

Rock Mommy - -Marisa posted interview on August 14:

So Cal City Kids – music video debut onJuly 18:

Good Stuff Podcast – Interview with Jess: Posted on8/24


I look forward to sharing more great news with you as it rolls in.

Thank you so much for your love and support <3


NEW MUSIC ALERT!! Check out my sidepiece Kayjez

My band Kayjez just released our first ever full length record! 

We wrote and recorded most of this during the last few months of my pregnancy. I barely finished the vocals before I literally ran out of air... like, my lungs yo. The body is weird and wonderful and also amazing, and I'm super grateful to be able to use it to sing and also make people.

Anywhoo. If you love some pretty/gritty pop and a couple of chicks singing about candy, wanderlust, and destiny, you might enjoy this record. 

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog.

Much love and Alohas,


Baby Squid Costume Tutorial + Free Pattern

So it's almost Halloween which means it's time to get costuming! One of the requests I got on my youtube channel was to make a costume for my baby (it will be his first Halloween) and after much pontification and searching the vast plains of the inter webs I decided I would make him a squid. 

When it comes to sewing I would classify myself as a "serious dabbler". My mom started teaching me to sew as a young girl. Some of my earliest memories are of her sitting at the machine sewing me lace edged dresses and my very own childhood Halloween costumes... I've even sewed a wedding dress or two (just for fun... because... I'm a freak).

This costume was a lot of fun to make AND a lot of work, and truthfully I am super excited to share it with you guys.

Here is the PDF pattern and instructions!

Slice and Song #3: Lilikoi Chiffon Pie - Sweeter

Slice and Song #3 Lilikoi Chiffon Pie - Sweeter

It’s new video Monday! This weeks episode of Slice and Song features a super nostalgic (aka: Hamura Saimin Copycat) Lilikoi Chiffon Pie. Lilikoi is the Hawaiian name for passion fruit which I grew up foraging for and eating all throughout my childhood and beyond.

If you want to see a Hawaii girl lose her mind - show up with something lilikoi flavored! Lilikoi cupcakes, lilikoi margaritas, lilikoi chiffon pie... all of it.

I thought it was only fitting to perform “Sweeter” in this episode seeing as it is actually the only song of mine in which ukulele is the predominant instrument played.

Hope you enjoy :)


New VLOG series!

Hey friends! Super fun news :)

I just uploaded my first ever VLOG. After years of wanting to start and multiple ultimately abandoned half assed attempts I am super excited to have followed through.

When we were in Hawaii this summer I was thinking about how I wanted to share and connect with people in a more informal way, but I wasn't comfortable just sitting in front of a camera and talking... I'm much more comfortable "doing". Laying on the beach in Hanalei I had the idea for a series where I would do a pie tutorial and then a live performance of one of my songs. I wanted to call it "A slice and a song". When I got back to Los Angeles I was talking to a good friend who recently started V-Logging about this idea (Tudor Williams) and he was like "We're doing this. See you on Monday!".

I was like "OMG NO I'M SCARED!". My fear of commitments (I take them very seriously) and a classic rampant bout of perfectionism gave me 1000 reasons why this wasn't a good idea, but with my family and friends by my side we took the plunge. I'm so glad I decided to do this because it was SO much fun, and honestly who doesn't love pie?

So there it is. I will be uploading a new VLOG every Monday on my youtube channel. The first six episodes are of "Slice and Song" and I'm not sure what will follow on the Mondays after that, but it's going to be SOMETHING fun.