I am a creative dabbler, that is to say I write, sing, play guitar, create and edit videos, and record music in my apartment using the best equipment I can afford, which is nowhere near high-end. I started this blog in 2012 under the title “That Coffee Wench” and what was originally intended as a documentation of my life as I moved back to Toronto has turned into a place for me to document my entire life journey. Nowadays, under the name jensheppard.ca, this has become my personal website as well as blog.
I grew up in Newfoundland and Ontario. My earliest memories are of my mother singing on the front porch and playing guitar. I lost my father to cardiomyopathy in 1998. My family relocated to Ontario two years later. I first started writing songs when I was 9, but they didn’t include music until I was 14. My first EP was recorded at 18. At the time I entertained visions of making it as a singer-songwriter, but now that I’m approaching 30 I make music mainly because it’s fun and to challenge myself. I’m currently recording a full length record using only my computer, an Audio-Technica AT2020 USB mic, my guitar and a $100 keyboard my mother gave me for Christmas several years ago. It ain’t fancy but it sure is fun seeing what I can accomplish with it.
When it comes to writing, I’m somewhere near the middle of a novel I started three years ago… it remains to be seen if I’ll ever finish it. After a year-long absence, I’ve finally started blogging again and with all the things changing in my life very soon, I’m looking forward to keeping a record of what’s to come.
Thanks for joining me!