Meet Jenna, 23 years old from St. Louis, Missouri.
“I would browse Spotify looking for a playlist that I could relate to, that could relate to how I was feeling, and that could match my taste in music, but I couldn’t find anything. I would find the basic rock hits mixed with some mainstream pop radio hits and I wasn’t really satisfied. You know, “my” kind of music is more than just the occasional mainstream rock hit (just how Evanescence is more than Bring Me to Life, and Toto is more than Africa). No “sad music” playlist had variety and depth that catered to what I enjoyed and also provided new and upcoming music that I didn’t know. So, I strived to do just that! It was just for me to curate and listen to, something I could run to whenever I felt down. I never expected it to gain a following and reach so many people, but now I get people in my Facebook inbox almost daily telling me how much they love it, that they’ve found solace in it from time to time, and are thankful for having a playlist they can turn to. People even message me asking me to check out their own music so they can gain some exposure, and I’m more than happy to listen and add them if I think they fit. It started out as a personal journey and now it’s actually helping people, which I think is super cool and I’m so excited about!”
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Aw, man. There are so many songs and albums and artists that I can identify with. There is one album I’ve been listening to nonstop since it was released last year, and that’s Assuming We Survive’s EP “Chapters”. I remember waiting til midnight the day it was released so I could listen to it immediately and almost every song gave me chills. “Tear Me” is probably my favorite out of the six songs. Every time Adrian screams I CANNOT WILL NOT LET YOU GET THE BEST OF ME, I feel it in my soul. It’s such a solid EP.
What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?
I wish I could say lyrics, because those hold so much weight and can truly move anyone in any situation, but I’ve hit up AZlyrics while listening to a song and loved the words, but I couldn’t get into the music. If you can’t get into the music, then the song can’t impact you the way that it should.
Favorite artist? Top 5?
Evanescence is my number one, and has been since I was about nine. I first heard Taking Over Me as one of those fan-made Code Lyoko music videos (Ulrich and Yumi FOREVER) and have been in love ever since. Icon for Hire, Assuming We Survive, The Classic Crime, and tied for fifth is probably Chris Daughtry and Foreigner. I couldn’t choose!
If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive) and why?
Probably Amy Lee. She has accomplished and seen so much and as many interviews as she’s done, I’d love to pick her brain about life and music! She’s one of my heroes.
I recently saw Dorothy, Diamanté, Three Days Grace, Chevelle, and Breaking Benjamin all in one place. MAN, talk about a show! It was incredible!