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Jaclyn Kenyon Interview

Jaclyn Kenyon Interview

By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio


Nashville, TN Country artist JACLYN KENYON has released the official music video for her single, "Daddy's Got a Shotgun" Directed by Jordan Davies, the Mike Krompass produced track is the first single off of her upcoming, debut EP.


Thanks to Jaclyn for taking the time to answer some questions for Boston Rock Radio and those of you who prefer your rock more on the country side.


BRR:  You’ve been performing since age 12. Tell me a little bit of your early history.

I’ve always grown up in a musical home. My earliest memory of music was when I was 3 years old sitting on the piano with my dad. The first time I sang for a large audience and had press exposure was at a showcase called “Honey Jam.”  This showcase launched the careers of Nelly Furtado and Julie black! I was the youngest performer to ever play! I knew right after I got off that stage this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life! My career started at a very young age and I was very fortunate to know what I wanted to do so young.

BRR:  When were you first recognized by someone in the industry for your talent that led to opportunities that got you to where you are now?

I would say at Honey Jam. It was the first time I really had press exposure and people were gravitating towards me because I was so young. I didn’t understand what was going on. Many opportunities came out of that showcase and my parents really hustled and got me into so many different opportunities at a young age to start growing me and my career!

BRR:  I read how you struggled to find what genre your voice was best suited for. Can you fill our readers in on this story?

Yeah of course! I did my first record in Los Angeles! I met a great team of people down there and I was so excited! When we started the recording process my producer asked me who I thought I was as an artist and what was different about me. Honestly, at that time I couldn’t answer that question because I just liked singing all styles of music. I was frustrated I couldn’t answer such simple questions and it lead me to want to soul search and find my answers. Many times my producer would tell me to lose the “twang” in my voice because it wasn’t working for the pop album we were creating! It didn’t clue me right away but it was just apart of who I was naturally. When the album was done I felt like something was missing, a piece, and I was so confused. I was so nervous to say anything because we spent a year working and making this album and I spent so much time on it. I started writing by myself for the next 6 months and this natural country sound was coming out. I knew that I needed to do country music. I really felt called to go down to Nashville. I worked with an amazing producer named Mike Krompass and he brought it all to life. Every song was exactly what I wanted to say, I felt like I could be myself on every track and It just worked and I’ve never felt so genuinely myself on anything I’ve done.

BRT:  You moved to Nashville to pursue your dream at a young age. It’s very competitive there, especially for country artists. What motivated you to move away from your family and go there and give it a shot?

My family actually was there with me for the most part! I would do road trips with them and stay for a few weeks until I felt comfortable to be down there on my own. What motivated me was I just felt called by God to do this at such a young age. I knew I had to do this. I had no plan B...it was all or nothing.

BRR:  How is it working with Rob McDermott (Linkin Park) of MadMac Entertainment as a manager?

It’s amazing! He has such a passion for artists and he truly wants you to succeed. He’s super genuine and I’m really looking forward to seeing where this journey goes with him!

BRR:  Your first single off your upcoming EP is “Daddy’s Got A Shotgun.” Is this inspired by your personal experience of an overprotective father? I know I’m still Daddy’s little girl and I’m over 40!

LOL! That was really the idea of the song! No matter what age you are you will always be your daddy’s little girl. It’s timeless! “Daddy’s Got A Shotgun” was the first song that we wrote on the album and it was my first time in Nashville by myself. My writers asked me if parents were protective of me down there which later sparked a conversation asking if my dad was protective of me in relationships. I said no matter what I’m always going to be his little girl. My writer Clay Mills shouted out “Daddy’s Got A Shotgun” and sang the first hook of the chorus. We all liked the direction and started writing! It was one of those cool things that just worked! I’m so happy with how it turned out I think so many people can relate to this song.

BRR:  What can we expect from the rest of your upcoming EP, and is there a release date? I know I read Phil X (Bon Jovi guitarist) and Gil Sharone (Marilyn Manson drummer) play on the album. That's exciting!

We are trying to put out a few more singles before releasing the EP! But it will be soon and I am so excited :)

BRR:  What is your most essential beauty product for performing onstage?

Ohhh... I would definitely say “Stay Matte” spray by NYX because it’s hard work up there and you sweat and you don’t want your makeup to run LOL.

BRR:  What do you do for fun in your free time?

I love going to workout classes and just being active! Shopping is always a must lol and I love just going out for drives and finding new places to go. Also trying out new restaurants cause I love food! lol

BRR:  If you could collaborate with anybody, who would it be?

Hands down Shania Twain. I love her.

BRR:  What’s next for you in 2018 and beyond?

Lots of performing! New music videos will be coming out and a bunch of new songs. I’m so excited to see what 2018 will bring!



Jaclyn Kenyon - Daddy's Got A Shotgun (Official Music Video)

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