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A Dirty Dozen with JENNAFER LYNSEY – July 2020

| 21 July 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Nashville-based up-and-coming pop-country singer-songwriter Jennafer Lynsey has just released a new single, “Click,” on June 12, 2020. Already the song has been streamed over 60,000 times. Available at all streaming and download portals, “Click” is an ode to that special spark that meeting the right person can ignite. “‘Click’ is about that relationship where you meet someone and instantly connect,” says Lynsey of the catchy country tune. “It’s like when they say you meet someone and feel like your souls were meant to be together. Like you’ve known each other forever. It’s a lighthearted, happy, pop-country song that just makes you feel good. It makes you want to dance and sing along to it.” “Click” was written by Jennafer Lynsey, Clayton Shay, and Christina Carmel, and was produced by Zachary Manno.” We get Jennafer to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

Photo Credit: Jessica Ahrens Photography

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

“Click” is a song I wrote about meeting that person you’ve been looking for for your whole life. It’s about having that immediate, on-the-spot connection. I wanted to write a song that would make people happy and feel good when they listened to it. A song to help brighten their day a little. I hardcore grew up on 80’s hair bands, and oddly my producer loves them as much as I do. If you listen to, “Click,” or any of my other songs, there’s always a hint of that style in the production that most people probably wouldn’t catch right away!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Wanting to be a singer came very naturally for me. My dad was always very in love with music. He played guitar, would mess around with production, and sometimes write songs. That’s what got me curious about it. What sealed the deal was when I finally took the stage at 10 years old in my elementary school talent show; that’s when I knew this was going to be my career for life.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I pretty much love all different kinds of music and draw inspiration from everything. I was raised on 80’s hair bands but also had quite the obsession with Hannah Montana. Simple Plan has always been a constant in my life. Then as I got older, I went to Paramore, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry. I went through a little emo phase and loved Black Veil Brides. Recently, I’m loving Maren Morris, Ariana Grande, and Selena Gomez.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Queen, Selena Gomez, Maren Morris, Taylor Swift, and Simple Plan.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Oh gosh, even though he’s passed away now, I would love to collaborate with Bing Crosby. Or even Frank Sinatra!

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I’m a pop country artist. My music is very relatable. I never write about something I haven’t experienced in some form or fashion. I like the idea of being able to connect with so many people and help them through their struggles, while also having the ability to take them out of the real world if they need it. I’ve been described as a mix of Maren Morris and Taylor Swift with some ’80s rock influence. 🙂  I don’t think I’ve ever been compared to something too cringe-worthy. No matter what artist I’m compared to, it’s an honor because they’ve made it and succeeded. So I can only see it as a compliment. The weird one I get is sometimes is that my voice sounds similar to Ellie Goulding’s, and I love her, but I just never would’ve thought that!

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I don’t really have a band since I’m a solo artist. I have people I work with back in my hometown of Buffalo, NY, though! With the industry nowadays, it is hard to get an actual band together unless you are touring.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Oh gosh, definitely seeing Steven Tyler in Whole Foods! It was a couple years ago now and still he is the person I’ve been most starstruck over!

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

I love performing for people. That is my absolute favorite part. I also have such a passion for songwriting as well — it’s always been a form of therapy for me. If music doesn’t work out, I’ll definitely become a hobo, hahaha. You reach your goals when you don’t have a back-up plan, because you need it that much more. There’s nothing else for me. 🙂

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I would love to be asked what it’s like to win a Grammy. I’m still waiting on that moment, but when the day comes, I’m totally ready, haha. 🙂 I’m oddly not tired of any question yet, thank goodness. The more people ask questions and talk about me, the better my career is going and the closer I am to reaching my goals. So I’ll take it all!!!

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Yes and no. More so investing in things that didn’t work out in the end. I also wish I knew at 17 what I know now about the industry; what works and what doesn’t, what to put my focus on and what isn’t as worthwhile. Some things wasted time that I can never get back. Just that whole side of things. But, of course, at the same time, all of these experiences had to happen to get me to where I am today. They are lessons I needed to learn, and I now get to help others with the knowledge that I’ve acquired. So I also don’t regret anything. 🙂

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Oh my, anything Queen. I’d love to see how Freddie Mercury’s brain worked. I’d love to watch how the band created such magic with their music. What their processes were. Same with The Beatles. Anything of theirs. They were, and even still are, massive. I would’ve loved to be a fly on the wall whenever they made music.




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