(Alexandria, MN) I'm not sure who's more excited about the two-concert show in Alexandria this weekend, Jennifer Maloney, her father Jon Haaven, or the public. The concert is called "I've Heard That Song Before." It's a concept that Haaven thought would be a way for his talented daughter to utilize her amazing singing voice and combine their shared love of history and music.
Jennifer graduated from Jefferson High School "a while ago", but has sung professionally at a number of levels and in a number of places during her lifetime.
She recalls her first big break, riding in a little hatchback car up to a singing job in Canada. The car, driven by her dad, was packed with her equipment. She says he drove her up there, left her and the car and flew back home. With that, her music career really began. There was a time when Jennifer sang with a band called Skyline back here in West Central Minnesota. Decades later, after many years singing as a lounge singer in Minneapolis and Arizona, she returned to Alexandria. She sang with Brad Lake for many years, but then for a variety of reason, she kind of faded away.
Sparked by an interest to get back on a stage, she auditioned and got a role in Nunsense at the Andria Theatre. Jennifer was no stranger to theatre, having played leading roles in “Oklahoma,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Annie Get Your Gun”, among others. She was excited to return; however only four days before the start of the show in April 2018, she slipped in the alley near her chiropractor's office. During the fall she suffered a concussion, a broken right wrist and sprained her left wrist. A big part of Jennifer's talent lies in her ability to play piano. Despite several surgeries, she is still not able to use her right wrist properly in order to continue that passion, but she is optimistic that will return.
This show is special in many ways, including how it uses a lot of visual memories and musical interludes that'll have the audience going back in time.
The performances will be held at First Congregational UCC this Friday night at 7:00p. and again on Sunday September 22nd at 3:00pm.
First Congregational is located at 221 7th Ave. W. in Alexandria. Jennifer (and Jon) is donating her time and talent with 100% of the proceeds going to the church.
For ticket information, call 320-763-3341.
To hear more from Jennifer in her interview with VOA's Joe Korkowski, click on the audio clip (BELOW)