Gritty Birds is an XRAY.FM Radio show/Podcast and blog. It’s a show sharing the stories of emerging and established artists and their journey, through their own eyes.

Named by the Willamette Week as a “Top 5 Portland Music Podcast”, the show was a Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant recipient in 2016, an Official Selection for the XRAY.FM awards for it’s episode “Arcosanti” in 2017.

Gritty Birds has featured over 50 artists from around the globe including David Bazan, Ezra Furman, Ken Stringfellow, Reva DeVito, Larry Crane, Thao Nguyen of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Manika, The Griswolds and emerging and established artists in the NW including Pete Krebs, Ages and Ages, Natasha Kmeto, The Thermals, Sisters, Eyelids and more.

You can listen to episodes on iTunes, Soundcloud, Libsyn, YouTube and more.


Jeni Wren is a singer-songwriter and the producer of music industry radio show/podcast, Gritty Birds.

After studying music and communications in Iowa and Seattle, she first broke out as a musician in the PNW as a member of 2013 Willamette Week Best New Band Shy Girls. She co-produced and released her first EP, North star in fall of 2013.

After playing multiple festivals including Siren Nation and Soul’d Out as a solo artist, Wren stepped back to focus on production. After working with Banana Stand Media and producing MUSA Soul Fest, she launched The Gritty Birds Podcast and joined the media sponsorship team of all ages non-profit music festival PDX Pop Now!.

Wren is a frequent contributor to The Portland Mercury and Vortex Music magazine. Her writing has been featured in Paste Magazine and you can hear her weekly on XRAY.FM.

She is a Regional Arts and Culture Grant Recipient and has been featured in Willamette Week, Vortex Music Magazine, The Portland Mercury and dozens of radio shows and podcasts including OPB’s State of Wonder. Wren continues to share her experiences in podcast workshops and storytelling events around the NW.

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