Artist Spotlight: Jena Irene Asciutto

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

A weekly feature showcasing local artists

Name: Jena Irene Asciutto

Sound: Polished pop/rock with strong vocals

History: Asciutto’s name sounds familiar because she was the runner-up on the 2014 season of “American Idol.” After her “Idol” tour, the Farmington Hills native grew up a bit, adding a hipper edge to her sound (and adding a few tattoos to her look).

Future: Her new EP, “Innocence,” comes out April 22.

Next up: Asciutto headlines Thursday at PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan in Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. and 21 and older are welcome. She also plays the Loft in Lansing on Friday in support of Vandalay, which is celebrating the release of its new album “Flicker.”

Melody Baetens