Jenn Bostic interview
Nashville-based country starlet Jenn Bostic is currently touring the UK promoting her new album, Jealous. She kindly found the time to talk to TDF about how past events have shaped her music and how it has helped deal with the loss of her father...
Introduce yourself to the TDF readership.
My name is Jenn Bostic. I am a singer/songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. I'm currently touring the UK sharing the stories and songs of my heart. I have a brand new album called Jealous, which will be released on March 25th, the first single is a song called 'Jealous of the Angels', that was written as a tribute to my father, James Bostic, who passed away in a car accident when I was ten years old.
He was the first one to ever encourage me to play music, and after his passing songwriting became a form of therapy for me. It is an overwhelming honor to see people around the world being comforted by this song.
You're just starting your UK tour and your album is due soon - can you tell us a bit more?
Jealous is a collection of my best work so far. The songs are so close to my heart and I am so excited to be sharing them on tour in the UK and Ireland over the next few weeks. Most of the dates on our tour schedule I've never been to, and I'm having an absolute blast exploring your gorgeous country so far. The reaction to 'Jealous of the Angels' has been absolutely humbling and I'm anxious for my second single 'Not Yet' to come out on April 1st.
'Not Yet', was written to encourage people not to give up on a dream, the music business is a difficult one and this song helped me through a very difficult season in my life.
Do you have an earliest musical memory? Was there a record or act that made you think 'I want to do this!'
My favourite childhood memories are those of my family sitting around my dad at the piano or guitar singing songs like 'Sunny Side of the Street'. I grew up in an extremely loving home and music brought us all so much joy. At ten years old, my father tragically passed away in a car accident while driving my brother Jeff and I to school; music was the therapy that helped me mourn through this. The first time I sat down at the piano after losing him I closed my eyes and just started playing. I could honestly feel my dad's presence next to me, and it was from that moment I knew I wanted music to be a huge part of my life forever.
'Jealous of the Angels' has been amazingly well received; how does it feel to have been so well received by fans and critics alike?
I thank God everyday that he has given me 'Jealous of the Angels'. Not only has it helped my family and I find healing, but it has also brought comfort to so many others. It is an absolute honor to be a part of this song. It's something so much bigger than me. I feel so blessed that of all my songs, this is the one that people are really connecting with.
If we were to look at your MP3 player, is there anything on there you'd rather we didn't see? Do you have your own stuff on there?
Maybe just a few unfinished song ideas of mine that have been recorded into my iPhone. :) I am constantly learning, growing and creating. I like to spend different seasons listening to different styles of music and drawing from other artists. You would find both 'Keep Lookin' For Love' and 'Jealous' on my iPhone. As a songwriter, a lot of my songs were written to help me through some difficult periods of life, as well as to express the happiest ones.
Each song brings back a specific memory for me, whether it's the writing session, or the emotions in which I drew from. It's fun to look back and see how far I've come. Those songs are little pieces of my heart.
Is there any style of music you just don't get?
Every style of music is an expression of someone's emotion and I think that's a really beautiful thing. While there are some styles I prefer over others I'm open to listening to anything.
What's are your plans once you've finished your current tour?
I'm looking forward to shooting a music video for my upcoming single 'Not Yet', as well as a few shows in the States including Philadelphia and New York City. Right now I'm just trying to live in each and every beautiful moment of this tour. I feel very blessed for this opportunity to tour the UK and Ireland.
What's the question we should have asked you today?
Hee hee, you asked a lot of great ones! A few of my favorite artists include Bonnie Raitt, Sarah McLachlan, Sara Bareilles, Missy Higgins, Adele and Ed Sheeran. Play their songs and I'm a happy camper. :)
Jenn Bostic's new album, Jealous, is due for release on 25th March. You can buy it from any of the links at the top of this article. You can visit Jenn Bostic's website here. She is currently in the final leg of her UK tour with dates in Cardiff (27th February 2013) and Belfast (3rd March).