Interview with the 16th Independent Music Awards!
Artist Name: Brittany Jean
Home Base: Brewster, WA, but originally from West Chicago, IL
Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Americana
Category Entered: Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song
Title of Work Submitted: “Like No Tomorrow”
Producer: Brittany Jean and Stormcave
Instruments Featured: Voice, guitar, piano, and cello
What’s the story behind your artist name?: Brittany is my first name, and Jean is my middle name
Describe your sound: Hopefully, it’s refreshing and a sweet change of pace…
Who’s sitting in your audience?: Friends I’ve met along the way and friends I’ve yet to meet
What’s your favorite press quote about your music?: “Brittany Jean’s vocals combined with Nashville’s finest studio musicians makes for an enchanting and delightful listen, and as the song “Turn Right” proclaims, “We should do it all again...” The audience will hit repeat over and over again.”
Every artist wants to hear that…
The song or songs that changed your life and why: I would say… The theme song from “Chariots of Fire”. When I was about six, my family watched that movie, and afterwards, I was sitting at the piano playing the theme song by ear. Because of that, my parents found me a (the best) piano teacher, and that was the beginning in many ways. Another would be “I Saw What I Saw” by Sara Groves. I heard it for the first time in high school, and it inspired me to start writing more songs of my own… I wanted to be able to write like her—to be able to say something and move hearts like that…
Describe the first time you walked onstage: Well, I don’t remember it. I must’ve been pretty little. However, one of my most memorable first times on stage by myself was when I was auditioning for a play when I was 13 (I think). I was auditioning for a children’s theater rendition of Sleeping Beauty, and I’d never been in a play before. I went up to sing my audition piece (“A Whole New World”) in front of all the other kids and all the other kids’ families, and I couldn’t for the life of me remember any of the words (to a song I’ve heard all my life). Being shy and quiet, I was mortified when I ended up needing to sing “Happy Birthday” instead. I have no idea how I got cast….
Why did you submit to this year’s Independent Music Awards?: Because it would be a tremendous honor to receive an IMA. Because like every other artist in the world, I’m hopeful that someone will take a listen to my song and like what they hear. Because like everyone else, I hope my work is worth a shot.
If you win and/or get nominated, how will you use your IMA honor to further your career?: First of all, that would be super exciting. Being nominated or winning would be a great credential. My song “Adventure” was nominated for an IMA in the Bluegrass Category last year, and when people learn that, they seem to listen a little more closely when they hear it for the first time. IMA’s illustrate direction—up.
Who is your musical hero & what would you like to learn from them?: Alison Krauss. And everything.
Where can fans follow you/purchase your music?:
My website: bjeanmusic.com
iTunes: Whispered Stories & Leavin’ Home
Pandora: “Wildfire” by Brittany Jean
I have a new album coming out this fall, and I can’t wait to share it with you all!