October 10, 2012
Texas singer-songwriter Jenna Jentry is bucking Nashville convention and the traditional record label deal with her self-release of her new album, Good As Gold, released in August.
An independent artist with a strong DIY ethic, Jentry has been actively involved in the writing and recording process of her debut project, penning 12 of the album’s 13 songs with multi-platinum, Los Angeles-based writer/producer Kevin DeClue (Hilary Duff). “Lovin’ Lazy” is the first single from Good As Gold, a cautionary but catchy number that outlines a relationship hampered by complacency.
Jentry was also involved in the production process, joining DeClue as co-producer on eight of the album’s tracks. Grammy-nominated Nashville producer Mark Moffatt contributed production duties on the other five songs.
“Jenna Jentry is the real deal in every sense of the word,” says producer/writer Kevin DeClue. “It’s been a long time coming for an artist of this caliber to hit the mainstream and I know she is going to take it by storm. Jenna made me believe in music again and for that I thank her from the bottom of my heart.”
We got a chance to chat with this very talented singer-songwriter this morning, as she began a big day full of interviews in Music City. Check our our interview with Jenna below, and also don't foget to follow her on Twitter @JennaJentry and on Facebook www.facebook.com/JennaJentry.
To learn more about Jenna Jentry, and to to hear her single “Lovin’ Lazy, visit http://www.jennajentry.com/.
Nashville Love: I see you grew up in Texas, do you have any favorite Texas/Red Dirt bands?
Jenna: I actually grew up listening to Eli Young Band. I would go to their concerts when I was young, when they were just out in a grass field and thinking they were the greatest band ever. So, it’s really really cool to see all their doing out here in Nashville, because Texas country and Nashville country are totally different. They’ve definitely crossed over. I love them and I love Randy Rogers Band. I’m a big fan of Texas country.
NL: When did you decide you wanted to be in the music industry and what triggered that interest?
Jenna: Music has always been a part of my life. Growing up I did lots of other things too. I did competitive horseback riding, competitive cheer, but I always loved writing and I always sang. It wasn’t really until late high school until I started writing songs and saying ya know, this is really my niche and this is really what I want to start doing. I went to college at SMU in Dallas and I did music on the side. During the day I went to classes, and at night I went to the recording studio and wrote with different writers and kind of honed all my different skills. Once I graduated, I hit the ground running and recorded my album over that summer after college, and then got everything together to come out here to Nashville with hopes to create a buzz in the industry. It’s going really well so far. We’ve reproduced the record with Mark Moffat out here in Nashville, so it kinda gives my Texas grit a little bit of Nashville polish.
NL: You co-wrote all of the songs on your album except for “Someday Soon”. What can we learn about you as a person from listening to the songs you’ve written?
Jenna: You’ll learn A LOT about me! All the songs are from my own personal experiences. I co-wrote all the songs with Kevin DeClue, who has been one of my best friends and mentors in music since the beginning, so it was really fun to be able to work with him. I’m more of the lyricist, I come up with topics, the name and the lyric ideas and Kevin is really good at coming up with the guitar part. We put it together and we’re a really good writing team.
NL: “Someday Soon” was co-written by Keith Urban and Radney Foster. What was it about that song that lead you to include it on your album?
Jenna: It was written by Keith Urban, Radney Foster and Darrell Brown. Radney is from Texas too, so it was cool to have him on there. I’ve been a fan of Keith Urban forever. I’m one of those people that when I hear a song I either love it or I don’t, and it doesn’t really change over time after hearing it a bunch. It was just one of those songs I heard and I had to have it. It really fit my tone and the mood of the album. My producer, who produced that song, Mark Moffatt, is close friends with Keith too, so it kind of kept it in the family in some way.
NL: Do you have a favorite song that you’ve written?
Jenna: My favorite changes depending on my mood. I really love “Good As Gold”. It really makes you feel empowered when you sing it. “Good As Gold” and “Lovin’ Lazy” are two of my favorites.
NL: Tell us a little bit about “Lovin’ Lazy” and what its really all about.
Jenna: It’s about when you lose that fire in a relationship, and the boyfriend stops really caring if another guy is hitting on you, stops opening your door and just starts loving lazy. That was the first word that popped into my mind and then it just kinda went from there. The song is kind of like “You better change your ways quick, or it’s over”.
NL: You’re planning to shoot your video for your single “Lovin Lazy” this month. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
Jenna: We’re gonna shoot the video for it this Friday. I found out the location yesterday. It’s a really cool Nashville exclusive place that I probably wouldn’t have been able to go to unless we we’re shooting this video! We’re shooting it at the Citizen with the Edde Brothers from Tacklebox Films. They just did The Farm’s video for their “Home Sweet Home” song. They’re kind of young, creative and innovative, so it’s really fun to be working with them.
NL: I saw on your website that you said you wanted to have control over as many aspects of your career as possible. Is there anyone already in country music who has that sort of control that you'd like to emulate?
Jenna: Yes, I really think Taylor Swift has a firm grip on her career. She really calls the shots. She’s young and she really gets her audience and gets what they wanna see. She can really connect with them. I feel like she has her hand on every part, from what she’s wearing, to what she’s singing. I admire that about her. I’ve always been a workaholic and I like to be involved in everything, because at the end of the day, no one wants it more than I do.
NL: I read that you have a degree in Advertising. Do you see this as being helpful to you as your career moves forward? If so, how?
Jenna: Yeah, I do actually. I was just emailing one of my Advertising professors yesterday and I was telling her that I may not be sitting at a cubicle at an agency somewhere, but I am still using all my skills. I figured if I’m gonna go to college, I may as well do something that’s going to teach me how to market myself. I was a double major. I did Advertising and Spanish. I lived over in Spain for a while and it was amazing. I was fluent in Spanish, but its gone a little rusty now.
NL: Do you have any musical role models?
Jenna: Growing up, my first ever country CD that I got was Garth Brooks. I remember getting his CD and singing along to it and thinking, I kinda like this. From there, that’s what really kick started it. When I was younger, I always listened to LeAnn Rimes, Jewel and Michelle Branch. Nowadays, even though I’m a female country singer, I really connect with a lot of the male country singers, like Jason Aldean and Keith Urban.
NL: You opened up for acts such as The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery this year. Tell us a little bit about that? How did you like touring with these guys?
Jenna: If you told me a year ago that I would be performing with them, I wouldn’t have believed you! This year alone has been Travis Tritt, Jo Dee Messina, The Band Perry, and Scotty McCreery. It’s been unbelievable and kinda surreal. Their crowds were really responsive to all my music too, so to have 30,000 screaming fans out in the audience is just the most amazing high you’ll ever feel.
NL: Do you have any touring plans for the rest of 2012?
Jenna: I have another show October 26 and 27, for the USO. It’s called Skyball X. It’s a huge show for the military at the DFW International airport in one of the big hangars. I’m opening up for the Lt. Dan Band, which is Gary Sinise from Forrest Gump. After that, we’re taking a little break for the radio campaign and to shoot the video, but I hope to get on another tour here soon.
NL: Where do you see yourself a year from now?
Jenna: Well, I hope to be really really busy and doing what I love every day, which singing and writing. I hope to be on a big tour and hopefully hearing my song on the radio a lot more.