I am SO excited to induce the next artist in my “Ask The Artist” series to you, Jenn Bostic!
Recently returned from her tour in the UK and having just completed a North American tour, with sold-out shows at the Hotel Café in L.A. and Rockwood Music Hall in N.Y., Jenn is an incredibly gifted singer and songwriter.
In 2012 alone, Jenn has won five 2012 Independent Country Music Association Awards, including Overall Winner, Best Female Country Artist, Best Musician, Best Songwriter and Country Music Song of the Year for “Jealous of the Angels.”
Her new album “Jealous” on the Absolute label, includes her song “Jealous of The Angels,” produced by Barrett Yeretsian, the writer/producer of the hit “Jar of Hearts” for Christina Perri. The song is loved by fans around the world and it’s music video has reached over 1 million hits on YouTube!
The best news is JENN’S TAKING YOUR QUESTIONS! You have until this Wednesday at midnight to leave your questions for Jenn in the comments section of this post. She will be responding to you during that time! Check out the video she made especially for you below!
Jenn Bostic’s career as a singer and songwriter began at a young age, shortly after her father was killed in a horrific car accident while taking her and her brother to school. Her dad was a hobby musician, played a variety of instruments, including accordion, and taught her folk songs like “Sunny Side of the Street,” introducing her to the sounds of Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt. It was her father’s influence that sparked Jenn’s love for folk, blues, R&B, soul, show tunes and, eventually, country.
Raised in Waconia, Minnesota, Jenn grew up singing with her family around the piano. But, seeing her father die in front of her made her angry with God at first. It wasn’t until later that she found an outlet for her sorrow through music and songwriting.
“The first time I was able to sit down at the piano and play, I shut my eyes and honestly felt a presence next to me,” Jenn said. “I poured my heart into those first few songs. The only way I could connect and be with my dad was when I played music. And I still feel that way.”
“Jealous of the Angels,” came out of a songwriting session. “It started with the phrase, ‘around the throne tonight,’” she explains. “I just began writing down pages of my feelings about my dad, read them to the others and they started picking out pieces. We just mapped out all these emotions and placed them in the song. When I play ‘Angels,’ and people come up to me and tell me a story about losing a loved one, how the song touched them and helped them heal, that means more to me than anything.”
In college, Jenn attended the famed Berklee School of Music, where she honed her performance skills while studying music education, a field still vitally important to her. After graduation, she relocated to Nashville, where she fell in with the local community, taking part in writers’ rounds and performing on a regular basis.
“The biggest thing I’ve learned as an artist is to stop worrying about what I think everybody else wants and to write music that I love,” she says. “When I started to focus on touching lives, that’s when things started happening, and that’s what makes me happy.”
What’s her goal? “I’m a big dreamer,” she admits. “Winning a Grammy is the ultimate goal. I’ve visualized it happening; next step is making that dream a reality.”
If you’d like to see Jenn live, she still has a couple performances left in 2012, including one at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN as a part of “Opry at the Ryman!” To see her tour schedule, buy tickets or her latest album, visit Jenn’s site at www.jennbostic.com