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Jenn Ghetto (real name Jennifer Hays) is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who performs under the name S. She is a former member of the band Carissa's Wierd.


Early life

Ghetto grew up in Tucson, Arizona where, in the mid 1990s, she worked selling pizza with future bandmates Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke. In 1997 the trio moved to Olympia, Washington for a year before becoming bored with that city and moving to Seattle. Brooke and Ghetto had met in Tucson aged fifteen and had briefly both lived in a poetry commune in Michigan.

Carissa's Wierd

In Seattle, Ghetto and Brooke formed Carissa's Wierd, who released three studio albums, the first two on Bridwell's Brown Records label. The band broke up in 2003 and since then three compilation albums have been released. Carissa's Wierd reformed for a one off show in Seattle on July 9, 2010 to promote their "best of" album, They'll Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003, which was released by Hardly Art Records on July 13, 2010.

In July 2010, Mat Brooke announced that he and Ghetto had bought the rights to Carissa's Wierd's back catalogue from Sad Robot Records. He said, "Me and Jenn have been working for a while to buy back the rights to all of our records and we finally were able to get them all back." This should allow all of Carissa's Wierd's albums to be re-released soon.


Ghetto has recorded three solo albums under the name S. Her songs are usually recorded in her bedroom and feature only vocals and guitar. Her most recent release is 2010s I'm Not As Good At It As You which features eleven songs recorded on an 8 track machine between 2006 and 2008, along with "Wait", the album's opening track, which features her former Carissa's Wierd bandmates Mat Brooke (ukulele & banjo) and Sarah Standard (violin).