Jenny & Tyler headline memorable night at the 509

By Jared Huhta

Jenny & Tyler play "One Eyed Cat" at the 509. (Photo by Jared Huhta)

On Nov. 30, Jenny and Tyler Sommers performed at the 509 Community in support of their new album “Open Your Doors.” The concert was organized by Alicia Fisher, a 2011 alumna.

The pop-folk group has released three albums and two Extended Play List and has toured across the U.S. since then. They have performed at HU several times in the last three years, including at the Fandana Festival in August.

“We write [songs] pretty differently actually,” Jenny said. “I tend to write when I am very inspired, and it’s usually the relationships I’m in, the conversations I’m in.”

Tyler said they work well as a team.

“We’ve gotten to a place where we can critique each other in a healthy way,” he said.

“It’s really fun because even though we write separately, we always bring the songs together and finish them together,” she said. “It’s really cool to have another person to pull from.”

Vince Bruinsma and James and the Drifters opened the 7 p.m. show before Jenny & Tyler brought the same acoustic, pop sound found on their albums to the stage. They performed songs from all their albums, including “One Eyed Cat,” “Faint Not” and “Skyline Hill.”

More than 130 people attended the concert, most of them students, Fisher said.

“I was super excited about the turn out,” Fisher said. “I really couldn’t have asked for a better concert.”

Even though they were overcoming sickness, Jenny & Tyler were pleased with the show.

“We never really know what to expect,” Tyler said. “This definitely exceeded any expectations we had.”

The couple said they enjoy performing in Huntington.

“We’ll definitely try and come back,” Jenny said.

Andrew Malloy, a senior, said he loves watching Jenny & Tyler live because they interact together on stage.

“They’re just one of those artists I’d rather see than just listen to,” he said.

Jenny & Tyler are currently planning a 2013 tour in California where they’ll play in fans’ houses. They also plan to release an EP of love songs in the spring and a full-length Christmas album at the end of 2013.

Even though they just released “Open Your Doors” in April, they are already planning a fourth album for spring 2014. For more information, visit

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