New Castle News

September 21, 2013

Re-creation: ‘Book of Jenesis’ CD launches county native’s career anew

David Burcham
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Just when it appeared Jennifer Austin’s budding music career might be over, there was a new beginning.

Soon after graduation from New Castle High in 2005, Austin moved to Orlando, Fla., in search of fame, fortune and an opportunity to express her faith in song.

She had performed for more than a decade, first with her family, including parents Gordon and Leslie as part of a ministry in song, and then with sisters Lindsay and twin Jessica in a group known as AusTEN.

But after marriages, Jessica and Lindsay found their priorities had changed. “They had lives of their own,” said Jennifer. “Just getting together was difficult.”

So Jennifer set her sights on a solo career.

“I’d been been trying to pursue this for a long time,” she said. “But I was at a point where nothing was happening.”

Jennifer, 26, was ready to concertrate solely on her job as an inventory control data analist for Disney. “I had a full-time job and I liked what I did,” she said.

“But then out of nowhere somebody who knew somebody that I knew offered me an opportunity to be in a music video.”

Soon the creative juices were flowing again.

Writing songs and inspirational lyrics as a way to express her relationship with the Lord was feeling natural again.

It all resulted in a new name, a revived career, a new CD and 10 new songs that will be debuted during a Sept. 27 performance at the Crossroads Church, 707, Thomson Park Drive, Cranberry Township to celebrate the release of “The Book of Jenesis.”

She uses the name “Jenesis” — a suggestion of a friend — because it mixes her first name with the first Book in the Bible.

Jennifer will perform songs from the CD, which will be available for purchase at a price of $11. The event is open to the public.

One of the most meangful songs on the CD is entitled “Meaningless” and she hopes it will impact those who hear it.

Her idea came from the book of Ecclesiastes in which King Solomon goes through a list of things he tried in seeking fulfillment — career achievements, materialism, alcohol, pleasure, even wisdom. His conclusion? All of it is “meaningless.”

“It’s as if I am talking to myself about all the things we try to acquire in life are meaningless,” Jennifer said.

“I know what I believe and what I stand for,” she said. “That’s what I want people to hear.”

The sisters sing together ocasionally. They will be reunited during the release party with Jessica and Lyndsay singing backup voals.

(Email: d_burcham @ncnewsonline.com)