Upcoming American country-pop singer-songwriter JESSAMYNN, is set to make her mark on the music scene with her brand new debut single titled “Gold”.
JESSAMYNN has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her brand new release, along with getting to know more from the artist behind the music. Check out what she had to say below.
Hey JESSAMYNN, thank you so much for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
JESSAMYNN: Hello! I’m a vocalist, songwriter, piano player, and a bit of a guitarist. I live in Los Angeles now, but I’m kind of from Texas and kind of from New England. I’ve been playing music my whole life, and I’m excited to be sharing this folk/country side of myself and my music with you.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
JESSAMYNN: I don’t really remember a time when I didn’t love music, which I think is something every artist says. My mom and grandma used to play duets together on this old baby grand piano. I used to lay underneath it while they played and I wished I was big enough to reach the keys. Those are some of my first memories. Looking back, I can’t believe how lucky I was to have an instrument like that in the house, even though it was out of tune and pretty beat up.
Have you always known that a music career was something that you wanted to pursue?
JESSAMYNN: I’ve always known that I wanted to be a musician, there’s nothing else I have ever wanted to be. But, diving into this folk-country realm is a total surprise to me, and I definitely didn’t think I’d end up with this sound. I’ve written pop, rock, neo-soul, and EDM songs, and worked extensively on commercial jingles and radio IDs. But somehow, I never thought I’d be releasing country music!
How would you describe your musical style to somebody unfamiliar with your music?
JESSAMYNN: I describe my songs as folk Americana: they sound current but they’re not always typical lyric content or song form that you’d hear in a pop song. Some have said it’s pop country and others say it’s pretty much just acoustic singer-songwriter. I guess I’m not sure what it is yet, but it’s the type of music everyone can listen to, and I’m actually really proud of that.
You are about to release your debut single “Gold”. How did the idea to create this song come together?
JESSAMYNN: I didn’t really expect to write this song, it just all came out at once in a super short, 20 minute session one night. I was feeling really empty and hopeless about everything going on in the world, and sometimes that almost gives me a sense of release. I had been so focused and anxious about my career for so long, and suddenly the industry was shut down and the world was metaphorically and literally on fire, and I was almost relieved to realize that my career really didn’t matter- there are more important things to focus on.
What would you consider to be the main influence behind the creation of the song?
JESSAMYNN: I think the main thing that influenced me to write this song and sparked this realization was looking at the tiny, tiny house I rent with my husband and dogs, and realizing that we are so fortunate to have what little we do have. I felt selfish and silly for having these grand visions of “success” when so many others are hurting and desperate. I mean, I literally looked around me and realized how grateful I am to have a place to live with a life partner and pets, and it overwhelmed me a bit. So I got my guitar and wrote this song, start to finish. I guess you could say that my family is the main influence behind this song.
How did your family & friends react to this song?
JESSAMYNN: I first played this song for my husband. Then, we recorded it and sent it to our drummer. So, those were the first two people to hear it. I finally sent the demo to a few friends, and finally to my parents. I think everyone was surprised to hear my music in this direction, stylistically. But also, they were not surprised, because everyone seemed to agree that this sounded the most genuinely like me. It feels like a really special song, so I hope people who aren’t close to me can feel that, too.
What does the song personally mean to you?
JESSAMYNN: This song is a prayer of gratitude to me. It’s also a way for me to admit that I care more about the world (and finding a way to survive each day with my loved ones), than the fame and fortune of a music career. It’s the first time I’m admitting that, so it’s equal parts giving up and finding hope. It’s both of those things.
If listeners could take one message away from this song, what would you like it to be?
JESSAMYNN: Every day, look for the good no matter how bad it gets. Finding these small, golden bits of happiness will keep us alive.
Do you have any future releases planned that you currently tell us about?
JESSAMYNN: I have an album ready but I’m planning to release them all as singles, so expect a lot of releases this year!
What are some of the things you enjoy doing in your spare time?
JESSAMYNN: I love to look at houses on Zillow and pretend I can afford them. I love DIY projects, like staining old furniture, painting cabinets or building simple things. I made our fireplace mantle and I love it so much. I think if I wasn’t a musician, I’d own an antique shop and renovate houses. Maybe I’ll still do that someday!
If you could perform a duet with anyone in the world, who would you choose & why?
JESSAMYNN: It’s hard to choose, but I’d love to write a song and sing with Bruce Springsteen. I’ve always loved his music, and it feels like the soundtrack to my childhood summers. To me, a duet with Springsteen would be evidence that I “made it”.
What advice would you offer someone looking to pursue a career within the music industry?
JESSAMYNN: It might take you years, but don’t get frustrated. Just keep writing. And practice your instrument!
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
JESSAMYNN: Always find your gold.
You can check out “Gold” on Spotify below.