Jenilee, born in the Philippines, started in music at a very young age, writing her first song at the age of 10. Upon moving to LA, she studied at The Gloria Gifford Conservatory of Performing Arts.
She has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Brian Mcknight and Raphael Saadiq, opening up for Snoop Dogg and Jordan Knight of NKOTB in sold out arenas. She has inked record deals with Golden City/Bad Boy Records, Streamline/Interscope Records and Maxi Media/Universal Records. These labels led her work with hit makers including Mario Winans, Harvey Mason Jr, Rob Knox, James Fauntleroy, Space Cowboy, Dre & Vidal, Tim & Bob, The Smeezingtons and The Stereotypes to name a few. An accomplished writer she continues to write music for various artists as well as for film and television (MTV, E!, Vh1). In 2010, she was featured on a tour in Micronesia and also a USO Tour around Eastern Europe.
As an actress, she’s studied under famed acting coach, Arthur Mendoza at The Actors Circle Theater. Although she has guested on tv shows like “OC” & “Entourage”, including landing several national commercials & campaigns (Target, KIA Motor sports, Bio Silk, Def jam rapstar) she is best known as a “Deal or No Deal” model on NBC for its first season. She has starred in a few acclaimed indie films “Carts” & “Brown Soup thing.”
In May 2011, she put together an A CAPELLA group called Kinfolk 9 that made it on the third season of NBC’s “THE SING OFF” and quickly became a fan favorite, getting voted #1 best performance for the premier episode. Kinfolk 9’s rendition of the Beatles “Let it Be” has topped the Itunes charts coming in at #3 below the original version at #1 and the “Across the universe” soundtrack at #2.
The summer 2011 release of her mixtape “Sex, Love and Lock & Load” preceded with a video for “Assassin” has created an online buzz through RefinedHype.com and Mixtapedownload.com where more recently, her mixtape single “I wanna love you” (from her upcoming follow up mixtape) became the #1 downloaded song in the first week of its release. She is currently in the studio writing and recording her debut album with International hitmakers DEEKAY (JLS, Sugababes, Tinie Tempah) with an expected release early next year.