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Jenn Wertz is a singer-songwriter perhaps best known as an original member of Pittsburgh-based multi- platinum roots rock band Rusted Root.


She is also a successful mixed media artist, Quantum Healing Practitioner, and a budding author.

“I stay healthy by staying creative,” says Wertz. ”It’s my meditation. If I’m not working on something, I lose my emotional and spiritual grounding.”

"That 1970’s rock-radio aesthetic still has a powerful influence on me.”


Produced by Wertz and Dana Cannone at The Church Recording Studio in Pittsburgh throughout 2018, Take 'em as They Come reimagines that 70’s feel, set against a modern alt-country backdrop.

Wertz began her career with Rusted Root in1990, amid the budding arts movement in post-industrial Pittsburgh, PA.

“When I joined Rusted Root in the beginning, it was something that I stumbled into, and found I had something unique to offer to the project, both musically and interpersonally. I had a natural comfort onstage and with improvisation, and that was a strength that I found early on.”

After years of touring and recording, Jenn left the band in 2008.


“When I came home from those last tours, I felt like my relationship with music had become strained,” Wertz laughs. “I genuinely thought that maybe that phase of my life was just coming to a close, except it wasn’t.

"When the songwriting came back, like a knock at the door, I was just—where ya been, come on in.” It's the type of friend you never really lose touch with, but also all of these layers had developed. My creative expressions were informing one another all along. So, even if I’m dormant as a songwriter, it’s all connected— When I expand over here, painting or writing, it all translates over to the songwriting. It’s a very rich inner life. I’m very grateful for that."

Projects and Discography

Jenn Wertz Band 2019-present

Rusted Root from 1990-1995, and from 2000-2008.

Lovechild 1996-1999

Isabella from 2000-2003

1990- Cruel Sun, Rusted Root/ Independent

1994- When I Woke, Rusted Root / Mercury Records

1997- Lovechild, Lovechild/ Independent

2003- Welcome to My Party, Rusted Root/ Island DefJam

2004- Jenn Wertz Acoustic, /Independent

2006- Live, Rusted Root

2019- Take 'em as They Come, Independent

Rusted Root

Rusted Root was a Roots Rock band started in 1990 in Pittsburgh, PA. The band's 1994 release "When I Woke" (Island Def Jam)  is a multiplatinum full length album featuring the hit "Send Me on my Way," which has been featured in many feature films, TV shows and commercials. 

The band, known for their high energy, sweaty live shows toured for many years to sold out crowds across North America, sharing billing with classic acts like The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead, Santana, Page and Plant, and the Dave Matthews Band, among others. 

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