Jenn Bostic - 'Jealous'

Jenn Bostic is an American singer-songwriter who was born in Philadelphia and raised in Waconia, Minnesota. Jenn has been described as "Take Sheryl Crow’s bluesy approach, Sarah McLachlan’s purity of voice and Sara Bareilles’ funkiness and you get an idea of Jenn Bostic." which I find to be a good description of a very strong artist.

Jenn's sophomore album Jealous was released on 16th September this year and features many already popular songs, including Jealous Of The Angels, one of Jenn's more successful songs. Jealous Of The Angels received a huge amount of radio airplay whilst she was over in the UK touring recently and continues to be played on various radio stations.

My favourite song of Jenn's is probably Snowstorm. It is performed acoustically on the album and really highlights Jenn's voice. I'm not sure if Jenn played piano in this song on the album recording but in videos and live performances she is seen to be playing very competently. The acoustic nature of the track makes it different from some of the acts out there currently and shows Jenn's versatility as I always feel an acoustic track gives a lot more focus to the vocals and if they are not strong it is easily noticeable.

Another favourite of mine is Change. It is the lead track on Jealous and is rockier than other tracks. It starts soft but begins to build up at around 30 seconds in. Compared to tracks such as Snowstorm the production is a lot heavier but never goes over the top. It also has a very bluesy feel to it, something that I feel suits Jenn well.

It could be said that Jenn's songs are similar however I feel that as she writes her own songs the messages and instrumentalisation are different from song to song and keeps listeners interested.

I recently managed to catch up with Jenn after her short UK tour....

1) You recently performed a short tour in the UK, how was the reception to your songs over here?

I had the opportunity to tour the UK supporting actor/singer Christian Kane a few weeks ago. It was an absolutely incredible experience. People seemed to really connect with my current single "Jealous of the Angels," and I had the opportunity to play it on BBC Breakfast and for the Smooth Radio sessions while I was there. It was beautiful to hear some of their stories and to know that they have found peace and comfort through the song
2) What song do you wish you had written and why?
"Can't Make You Love Me." That song is absolutely incredible, and Bonnie Raitt sings it, so it's an automatic favourite for me. Every once in awhile a song comes along that just hits your heart a certain way and that's one of those songs for me. "Where I Stood" by Missy Higgins is another one of those song. So powerful.
3) Which artist would you like to collaborate with and why?
 Bonnie Raitt. She has one of the most incredible voices I've ever heard and I've been listening to and covering her songs for years! I recently had the opportunity to see her live at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, last month, and it was unbelievable! She is definitely someone I look up to!
4) What music are you listening to at the moment?
 I have been falling in love with the Ed Sheeran record, Ellie Goulding, ZZ Ward, Bonnie Raitt, Sara Bareilles, Fun and so many more!
5) What is your favourite song to perform?
"Jealous of the Angels." It is an honour to perform that song because I wrote it as a tribute to my father who passed away in a car accident when I was 10. I feel that I still get to connect to him when I share my story and sing that song.
6) How would you describe your music?

The music is Adult Contemporary Pop Singer/Songwriter. I write songs from personal experience, stories I hear and things I see. I try to write relatable music that stirs up emotions. I want to make people feel.
7) What is your favourite part about being a musician?
 I do what I love every single day. I thank God everyday for giving me these gifts and the opportunity to share them with the world. I am so grateful for the constant support I get from friends, family and fans. I have an amazing team around me that is passionate about the music and the vision for it.  
8) What is your least favourite part about being a musician?

The waiting. I've learned a lot about patience over the last few years. :)
9) What would you like to achieve in your career?
I want to share my music with as many people as possible. I want to continue to see people healed through the power of music. I want to bring encouragement and inspiration to people around the world. Oh yeah...and I wouldn't mind winning a grammy. :)
10) What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make it as a musician?
Never give up. Keep writing, keep practicing and keep performing. Follow your passion.

Jenn recently came to the UK on a short tour and I was unfortunately unable to get to see her live. I am told she is hoping to come back soon so I would definitely recommend going to a concert of hers if you can.