Of the many fandoms in the world, few are as passionate, all encompassing, loyal and innovative as Trekkies – the loyal fanbase of Star Trek followers. Whether it is learning the language of the Klingons or perhaps abiding to the original series’ godless premise, the cultural impact of the franchise has been immense. With this in mind, I recently caught wind of some Klingon opera, by a performing artist who enjoys singing popular and classic songs in the fictional alien language.
Jennifer Usellis, also known as Commander jenbom sutai-toQqul or The Klingon Pop Warrior, has crafted an entire career around her musical talent and adoration for the Klingon language. As unusual as this may sound, I personally believe that everyone should live their truth and do what makes them happy. In this sense, Jennifer is doing what she loves and her passion clearly shows through her work.
Despite not understanding Klingon, I absolutely adore Jennifer’s voice. It is indisputably clear that she is talented. More so, I adore how she has merged her fandom with her talent. Doing so has allowed her to carve a unique niche in both the music industry and Star Trek fandom. Her unique talent allows her to be the quintessential Klingon opera singer, one who also dabbles in pop and rock.
If you are a Star Trek fan and have ever wondered what some music might sound like in Klingon, she is the artist to follow. Whether you might enjoy the more Klingon opera infused “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” or more modern hits like “Bad Romance”, Jennifer is the Klingon musician you never knew you needed in your life! Heghlu’meH QaQ jajvam!
[Sources: Klingon Warrior]