By Zachary Ahern, Submerge, May 29, 2013
It quickly became clear that Jenn Rogar is much more than just a singer performing folk music as a hobby. She is an artist actively trying to change the world and just happens to be a talented singer and songwriter who spreads her beliefs through song.
As a schoolteacher, law practitioner and mother, Rogar has a wealth of life experience to draw upon. She has also been playing music off and on since 1998, as time permits or whenever she receives waves of inspiration. As it turns out, she wasn’t even familiar with the folk music genre until she met her friend and mentor, singer Diane Patterson while attending college to become a schoolteacher. Rogar cites Patterson, a fellow political leftist, activist and socially conscious local, as a main inspiration for launching her music career.
Rogar debuted Place Called Humanity, a …
Sacramento singer-songwriter Jenn Rogar’s folk songs encompass homelessness, global politics and affairs of the heart
By Rachel Leibrock, Sac. News & Review, Jan. 16, 2014
The first time Jenn Rogar delved into activism, it struck the singer-songwriter as kind of strange.
It was the early 2000s, and Rogar, outraged by the government’s post-September 11 actions in Iraq, grabbed her guitar to join a protest.
“I got out there and sang and marched—I’d never marched before,” she says now. “I felt kind of funny, like I was doing something wrong, but then it was also a liberating feeling.”
Certainly, it fit the path Rogar had already forged both creatively and intellectually.
“I’m a big Joan Baez fan,” she says of the ’60s-era activist folk singer. “I majored in history and dated a guy who was a Communist. I’m definitely left and I’m definitely a Democrat.”
In the years since that …
Homeward StakeDown a great success! 3 day arts activist campout in Sacramento. May 1st through 3rd SHOC held a permitted camp out for homeless participants and advocates on a vacant lot along one of the busiest commute routes into Sacramento’s downtown. Live music was provided by Jenn Rogar, GP Bailey, John Malcolm, and Kingdom. Read more here.…
“Jenn’s music is described as ‘healing’ with ‘great warmth and authenticity.'” – News10 Sacramento
“I’ll definitely put it on my favorites playlist!” – Peggy Bean, KVMR Women’s Collective