Senior Jenny Yim’s ’20 interest in music started at the ripe age of two, while watching her musician father, Stephen ’78, perform at weddings around town. A few years later, she began studying voice, which led her down a musical path that has lead to her evolution into an accomplished singer/songwriter who’s performed around town at venues like The Republic, Blue Note Hawaii and Blaisdell Center.
I had the opportunity to first see Jenny perform with her twin sister, Madison ’20, two years ago at a Wo Center event, and she has been on my radar ever since. And on a sunny day at the Whittington Family Stepping Stone Bridge at the Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2 – 5, we had a chance to film Jenny, while her mom, Rona Wong ’79, looked on.
Jenny’s musical explorations have been vast, and she readily admits that her junior high orchestra experience wasn’t exactly the thing that catalyzed her interest in indie music and songwriting. Credit for that would go to a Taylor Swift album she received at age 10, and since then, she’s written an estimated 170 songs.
Her work with the Case Accelerator for Student Entrepreneurship (CASE) at the Luke Center for Public Service this past year has helped Jenny consider how her music can support various issues and causes that are near and dear to her heart, including a recent fundraiser for the Domestic Violence Action Center.