There’s no denying the fact that it’s difficult to “make it” in country music. Sure, the thought of packing up and moving to Nashville to chase your dreams is appealing, but for many, reality provides a harsher sentence. More often than not, singers, songwriters and musicians are dismissed and/or overlooked in favor of one another by venues, public relation agencies, and record labels. And while the trip to Music City represents a chance to achieve the dreams of an aspiring artist, it has been proven utterly difficult over the years to showcase oneself in a unique light from other songwriters, singers, performers, and producers who are vying for those same opportunities. This is exactly what makes the story of Texas-based artist Jenna Jentry that much more impressive and inspiring. Her story is one of persistence, work ethic, and talent…and she’s just getting started.
Many people are talented, and many are hard working, but very few are both, especially to the extent of Jenna Jentry, who released her debut album, ‘Good As Gold,’ in August. The record features 13 tracks, all of which were co-written by Jentry, excluding “Someday Soon,” which was co-written by Keith Urban, among others. In addition to her songwriting exploits on this album, the Dallas, Texas native also has producing credits to her name, along with Mark Moffatt and Kevin DeClue. ‘Good As Gold’ is as diverse and multi-dimensional as Jenna herself, encompassing a variety of moods, melodies, and music eclipses that truly offers something for everyone. Even the song titles themselves will even spark the interest of country music fans, from the single “Lovin Lazy” to “Southern Heaven” to “Wrecking Ball” to “Two 2 Tangle.”
But despite the accolade and recognition by those in and around Texas, Music City, and the rest of country music, Jentry was taking a huge risk engulfing herself in recording her own songs (as opposed to those penned by others) as well as producing her debut. But when asked about it, she would never consider putting out a record in any other way. And she’s not stopping there.
[box type=”shadow” ] “I want to be known as the first woman in the country music industry to truly do things independently, to have 100 percent creative freedom, to decide what my ticket prices are, how much my merchandise costs,” Jenna says. [/box]
And like so many others in this up-and-coming generation of artists that are developing a one-on-one personal connection with fans, she has the listeners of country music in mind with every decision she makes.
[box type=”shadow” ] “My priority is to establish a relationship with the fans and the music lovers first. We like the ‘us against the world’ mentality.” [/box]
Independence has always been one of Jenna’s traits from the very beginning, writing poems in elementary school, penning songs in high school, and eventually finding herself in a recording studio writing with some of the area’s top producers. She recorded a three-song EP in 2009, which caught the eye of a number of industry reps, ultimately landing her as a songwriting finalist in the 2010 NSAI Song Contest and London’s UK Songwriting Contest.
Now, here we are in 2012, and Jenna Jentry already has quite a long list of accomplishments: she’s a college graduate with degrees in Advertising and Spanish; she has opened shows for the likes of The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, and Jo Dee Messina; and she has released her debut full length album. And yet, despite everything, she has been able to find the balance between appreciating what she has accomplished already and staying motivated to achieve further goals.
[box type=”shadow” ] “My ultimate goal is just to bring smiles to the faces of the people who hear my music,” she says. [/box]
The music, the lyrical content, production, and attitude behind every song on ‘Good As Gold’ has been doing just that for those in and around the country music industry. Talent, confidence, and work ethic are three of the most important traits to any aspiring artist looking for “a break” in Nashville, but for people like Jenna Jentry, they don’t need a break. She doesn’t need any luck. She’ll get where she’s going on her own, and she’ll turn a lot of heads along the way.
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