Q and A with Lauren JenkinsDecember 25, 2014
Lauren Jenkins is a very talented country artist out of Nashville. This artist has quickly gained notice of some big names in music including metal rockers Motley Crue! Lauren has a very bright future ahead of her, and we can’t wait to see where she goes! Check out what she had to say when she sat down with BareBones Ent!
BS: How long have you been making music?
LJ: The first time I remember trying to write a song I must have been eight or so. When I was 15 I bought a guitar and started to book little gigs around the south east. I’ve been hooked ever since.
BS: What is your favorite thing about music?
LJ: Music is pure magic. It connects everyone and everything and it powerful enough to change lives. Every important moment of my life, good or bad, is associated with a song. A song is the one thing without fail that can get me through anything.
BS: If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be and why?
LJ: For a long time I’ve dreamed of collaborating with T-Bone Burnett. I have so much respect for him as a producer, writer and musician. I met him once years ago…. now if only I can just work with him!
BS: What is the best thing about country?
LJ: To me, country music has always been about the song. There are so many country music legends who brilliantly crafted songs. I’ve always loved the art of storytelling and country music respects that as well.
BS: So you are originally from Fort Worth, TX right around us. Anything you miss about Texas?
LJ: Please tell Texas hey for me! I was actually just in Texas last month and got to be a part of my cousin’s wedding I miss my family the most. Growing up all my family was right around the Dallas/Ft Worth area, so I have so many precious memories growing up there.. I miss Texas a lot.
BS: What types of venues did you play around your hometown?
LJ: My family moved to North Carolina when I was 10 and I didn’t start gigging until I was 15 or so. Haha, I just remembered the first time I was hired for a gig in Texas was for a marketing company. They had me play in several Walmarts around Texas!
BS: You were on a big country compilation in tribute to legendary rockers Motley Crue. How did this opportunity come about?
LJ: Scott (Borchetta) actually approached me with the idea. It went something like “Hey I think you would sound amazing singing on this Motley Crue track” and I said “I think you’re crazy, but alright lets try it.” I trusted Scott’s opinion enough to know that I could try to tackle that song and it might actually be great. Luckily, a lot of people think it is.
BS: Your version of, “Looks That Kill”, is one of our favorite songs on the album, and is beautifully haunting. What made you want to do the song in this way?
LJ: Well that was my condition of recording the song; I wanted to do it my way. I didn’t want to try to copy Crue’s version of Looks That Kill because NO ONE can copy Crue. They’re just one of those bands that you can’t imitate and succeed. So instead, I decided to approach it from a completely different point of view. I’m glad you thought it was haunting because that’s what i was going for. [Check out the song below]
BS: What type of response did you get from the band? Fans?
LJ: To be honest, I was nervous until Vince called and told me how much he loved it. The guys were really gracious and complimentary about my version of Looks That Kill. I went to one of the Crue shows and saw them play the song live and my version really is completely different. I think some fans appreciate it, while for others, it won’t be for them.
BS: When can fans hope to get their hands on some new music from you?
LJ: My first record is really important to me. I want to get it 100% right. I’ve been working really hard writing and recording and trying to get the sound exactly the way I want it. I’m obviously very eager to share my music, so thankfully 2015 is right around the corner!
BS: What is next for you?
LJ: Mostly just working hard every day to get my album completed. It’s a series of steps and experiences that go into making music. I’m lucky to be with a label that understands that process and is giving me the time to do it right.
BS: Anything else you would like to say to your fans out there?
LJ: I really hope you dance, sing and drink cider this season! Also, without your support I wouldn’t be able to follow my dreams, so cheers to you!