David Jenson


Oral History Information

David Jenson spent his early childhood in Southern California and was inspired early on by The Beach Boys and surf rock, but began his musical journey in earnest after moving to Utah and beginning piano lessons. He particularly enjoyed playing and improvising with his sisters, all musical. Still feeling a kinship to Southern California, David taught himself guitar by learning classic surf rock songs by The Ventures, Jan & Dean and Dick Dale. As his interests moved to alternative and grunge music, David formed several alternative and indie rock bands with his friends and performed throughout middle and high school. After high school, David returned to Southern California to study and work in film production, but music remained an important part of his life. While in Utah he gained experience selling musical gear when he worked in the call center for Musicians Friend, however, it was after moving to L.A. when David got a job at Guitar Center in Hollywood where he really developed his deep knowledge of musical equipment and instruments. The store was the company’s flagship and David not only got to work with famous customers, musicians and actors alike, but also worked with a team of highly talented musicians, many went on to develop their own careers in music and film. After working in film production for years (10 years at 20th Century Fox), David rekindled his passion for music and, along with his wife Keila-Rae, left Los Angeles to perform on cruise ships for a year, as part of a “life-reboot”. While on a cruise ship performing with his wife, David discovered the magical possibilities looping provided him as a music maker. That deep passion continues to this day; the couple performs as The JourneyBirds in wineries and other venues across Southern California. They are engaging their audiences and encouraging music makers in every performance.