Biography

Biography (i.e the last 10 years) and...what's a "Ginger Up"?

The new original music of long-time partners and co-songwriters Jennifer Spector & Dave Tieman draws inspiration from their favorites... 50's jazz, 60's cocktail culture, 70's classic tunesmiths, 80's pop and 90's modern folk. They are crafting songs that are both fresh and timeless featuring David's exceptional musicianship on guitar/bass, Jennifer's emotive & beautifully unique vocals and their distinctive harmonies together. But here's a little more background...

Jennifer Spector and husband David Tieman moved to the Puget Sound area in 2006 to begin taking the Northwest by storm. Jennifer was one of Phoenix, Arizona's most popular folk musicians and David was a highly respected jazz musician & fellow acoustic composer. They started performing as the power duo "The Hayburners". They released their self-titled CD The Hayburners in June 2008. It features 5 songs from each of this talented pair and features special guest artists from both Arizona and Washington. This includes Mike Smith, pedal steel (Gatlin Brothers) and Zak Borden, mandolin (Grammy Nominated Kate MacKenzie, Rachel Harrington) Nova Karina Devonie, accordion (Sugar Hill Records),among others.

Soon after the move, Jennifer Spector received her first songwriting award in her new home state of Washington at the Tumbleweed Music Festival in Richland, WA. She had already been a national finalist at the 2004 prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festivals' Troubadour Competition for songwriting and twice at the Tucson Folk Festival's national honors. She has shared the stage with folk-greats David Wilcox and Christine Lavin and toured regularly around the Southwest.

Besides being recognized as a great songwriter himself, David Tieman's guitar playing was high in demand live and in the studio around the Phoenix Valley and now in Washington State. In their 2008 release, his song "Bluegrass Band" made it all the way to #19 on the National Folk Radio DJ list! He performed regularly with the SOS (Sounds of Swing) Big Band of Bellevue, WA. and still on occasion performs with other jazz/rock groups as a hired gun. He may take you on as an advanced guitar student if you twist his arm.

In 2014 Jennifer & Dave left for "The Hayburners" behind. They spent a few months in SE Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Thailand & Cambodia) to rekindle their creativity (and inner peace!) and came back as The Ginger UPs."To ginger-something up" means... to spice it up! They were about to spice up their lives and infuse their music with a more diverse set of styles than their old name would allow. This trip turned their leave of absence from their "day jobs" into their notice to terminate their employment. They became full-time artists in June. They dove back into the studio and by the end of the year their new self-titled CD was finished.

The Ginger UPs took off on a 16-date tour through AZ-CA-OR in January 2015. They released their new self-titled CD from the road, starting Jan 20th a song at a time until they reached all ten in February. Hard-working & determined to keep music #1 in their lives...they performed 135 both public & private shows in 2015.

In 2016 they started on their second Ginger UPs recording and went on more adventures. This time motorbiking & island-hopping in the Philippines as well as getting lost on the streets of Hong Kong. They are minimalists...they live simply (and cheaply!) in their shabby-chic, wood-paneled manufactured home in a small park in Snohomish, WA. After 20 years together, they have figured out what is most important to them. Their music, adventure, and each other. Own less...live more!