The frankly iridescent Jenn Bostic performed for The Gown at Ten Square Hotel, Belfast, on 3rd March 2013
We were also privileged to interview Jenn after the performance, which follows below. Evidently she does take the weather with her..
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Jenn how are you?
How are you enjoying Ireland?
I love it. It’s my first trip over here and the weather is fantastic –
You’ve been very lucky in that…
(laughs) That’s what I’ve been hearing but…
And how was Dublin?
It was fun. We had a great intimate show tonight at the Academy, and now we’re back for a show at the Pavilion bar and we’re very excited.
We’re looking forward to it too. And so to people who don’t know you so well, how would you describe yourself musically?
Musically, I play piano, so its very piano driven and I write songs just from different seasons of life that I go through. I always write songs after things that make my heart beat really fast; happy, sad, good or bad. It’s been a fun adventure to explore those songs and everything is very emotional – it’s very emotive pop. I sing with my heart for sure. I think there’s something everyone can relate to on the album.
And the new album, Jealous, seems more universal than your previous album – it’s a lot less ‘country’..
Yeah, absolutely, my first record, Keep Lookin’ for Love, which came out in 2009, is a pop-country album. And I think I was just trying to fit into the mould of what I though Nashville, Tennessee wanted – which is where I live – and a lot of the record labels down there told me I was too pop for country and too country for pop. Which I think was a really great thing for me because it opened up my heart and my song-writing and I was able to write some songs from deep, deep down that I don’t think were coming out on the first record. There are a few songs that are really close to my heart, and one of these, Jealous of the Angels, is a tribute to my dad, who passed away when I was ten years old. And another song is to those record labels, called Change, which is saying: this is who I’m going to be and the artist I want to be, and who are you to tell me I can’t be that way. So there’s a lot of songs that are special to me and it’s a collection of my best work. It’s more contemporary pop with maybe a hint of country.
The Jealous tour seems to going well, where are you off to after the Pavilion?
We’ll be heading back to London and we’re playing the Social as well as a few house concerts and other fun gigs and then I head back to the states on the 10th of March and I’ll be shooting a music video for Not Yet, which I’m very excited about. We’re going to shoot that in L.A. Then we’re going to play some shows in Philadelphia, and Connecticut, and then I’m headed back over to London to go on the Terry Wogan show and then back over to New York city for another show. So I have a lot of travelling in my near future; hopefully I can sleep on those planes.
Well thank you very much for talking to us and performing for us here today. All the best for the rest of your tour.