2012 is proving to be an incredible year! Highlights include: Opening for LORETTA LYNN, STEVE HOLY, TRENT TOMILSON, part of the artist line-up at the world famous 99.5 WYCD Detroit Hoedown with Katie Armiger, Glen Templeton, Tyler Farr, THE FARM, Jana Kramer, Montgomery Gentry, Dierks Bentley, writing full-time, performing, recording, going to Hollywood and Vegas with the AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 11 TOP 60, completing my Sophomore year of high school with all “A’s”….. the story still being written!
Having the ability to write my own music takes my appreciation for being in the music biz to another level. Let’s face it, the music industry is not all glory. Tons of dedication and hard work are required to advance. Being just 16 years old, I am in pursuit to make music that will leave a legacy and bring happiness to anyone who listens. Making history in Nashville, TN in 2009, being the youngest to sign a Major Publishing Deal at 13 years old, and only just recently made history yet again with the 17th Annual USA SONGWRITING COMPETITION CONTEST by being the youngest to win 1st Place in the Country Music category and 3 Place Overall for a song I co-wrote – GO THERE. Winning or placing in 5 different songwriting competitions in the last 2 years, I don’t plan on slowing down. Setting the bar high, I aim to add great songs to my already 200+ catalog of songs.
My early influences were Johnny Cash and June Carter, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. I would listen with awe and then try and duplicate their sound and dream of one day gracing the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Continuing to listen to the classics, you will find on my IPOD the amazing Celine Dion, Faith Hill and Brook Fraser, Journey. Whether I am listening to other artists’ vocal ability or their songwriting skills, classic or current, I am constantly feeding my creative veins MUSIC!
From “the D” – Detroit, MI, now living in Nashville, TN, I plan on 2012 being a year of more history making events, musical growth, change, progress and impact! I’ve been blessed to work with incredible people and I can’t wait to see where all OUR hard work takes us! This is a long journey, but it’s worth every mile!
JENN BOSTIC‘s career as a singer and songwriter began when she was 10 years old, in the back seat of her father’s car with her older brother on the way to school. A horrific crash that killer her dad, a musician who taught her folk songs like “Sunny Side of the Street,” and turned her on to Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt, changed the 26-year-old’s life forever.
“God must need another angel/Around the throne tonight,” she sings on “Jealous of the Angels,” a song on her new album, Jealous, on the Absolute label. “Your love lives on inside of me/And I will hold on tight.”
The song, produced by Barrett Yeretsian, the writer/producer of the hit “Jar of Hearts” for Christina Perri, was discovered by noted U.K. DJ Simon Bates, who played it on his popular morning show on Smooth Radio, where the song immediately jumped into the station’s Top 10 Most Played for the week. The song has now received over one million views on YouTube.
Born in Philadelphia, but raised in Waconia, Minnesota, a small town 30 miles west of Minneapolis, Jenn grew up singing with her family around the piano.
“The first time I sat down at the piano after the accident, I shut my eyes and honestly felt my dad’s presence next to me,” she explains. “I poured my heart into those first few songs. The only way I could connect with him was when I played music. I still feel that way.”
Jenn went on to perform wherever she could, sitting in with a local roots band, Traveled Ground, that consisted of teachers from her middle and high school, and once included her father on accordion. She went east to attend the famed Berklee School of Music, where she honed her performance skills while studying music education, a field still vitally important to her. After graduation, she relocated to Nashville, where she fell in with the local community, taking part in writers’ rounds and performing on a regular basis.
“The biggest thing I’ve learned as an artist is to stop worrying about what I think everybody else wants and to write music that I love,” she says. “When I started to focus on touching lives, that’s when things started happening, and that’s what makes me happy.”
Working with producer Barrett Yeretsian, Bostic’s Jealous is a superb showcase for her talents as both a singer and writer. Jenn recently won five 2012 Independent Country Music Association Awards, including Overall Winner, Best Female Country Artist, Best Musician, Best Songwriter and Country Music Song of the Year for “Jealous of the Angels.” She just completed a North American tour, with sold-out shows at the Hotel Café in L.A. and Rockwood Music Hall in N.Y.
I’m a big dreamer,” she admits. “Winning a Grammy is the ultimate goal. I’ve visualizes it happening; next step is making that dream a reality.”
With a little help from someone who continues watching over her shoulder.
“When I play ‘Angels,’ and people come up to me and tell me a story about losing a loved one, how the song touched them and helped them heal, that means more to me than anything.”
Hey! I’m ELLA MAE BOWEN. It’s hard to tell my story, because in this season of my life it seems like it changes every day. I will inevitably leave something important out. No matter, here’s my attempt at telling the roots.
I was born, raised, and still live in South Carolina. Not near the beach, but almost in the mountains in a small town called Walhalla. In my first home, I banged on our 80’s Yamaha keyboard, and was sung to CONSTANTLY by both my parents. I am a first child (an only child for almost 9 years until my brother Jed came along). I was born prematurely with lungs that weren’t developed. God must have a good sense of humor because no one has been able to keep me from singing and loudly I might add, since before I could talk. I truly believe that from day one, my family has never left my cheering section.
When I was three, I put my own lyrics to the “Brush Your Teeth” song I learned at school and wrote a song for my Grandad called “I’m With You.” I recorded it at the Mall of Georgia in a portable sound booth. Grandad was a huge influence on me as a person, as well as on my music. He is most responsible for my love of Bluegrass and my infatuation with Tom T. Hall songs and for showing me what a good joke is really all about. I still play the guitar he left to me when he passed away. I want to keep it always, and pass it down one day, too.
At age seven, with my family’s support, I was performing out and about in local talent shows. I found that I could yodel. That’s fun to do and all, but I still haven’t lost the “little-girl-who-yodeled-at-the-barn-dance” reputation in Oconee County. By age 11, I was writing more seriously. I had a long way to go, but I knew it was something I loved. Then I met Seth Bolt, who has since become my producer, co-writer and close friend. Seth is the bassist of the band NEEDTOBREATHE, and one of my biggest influences. He is also a Walhalla native.
After a lot of hard work, we had demos that we hoped would eventually lead to our dream of a record deal. During this time, we were also asked to submit a version of the song “Holding Out for a Hero” for the remake of Footloose. I’ll never forget how excited I felt when I found out that our version was making the movie! This started a chain reaction of great things to come.
In March 2011, I was offered a record deal by Big Machine Records. I still wake up every morning pinching myself in disbelief that I really have a record deal and a chance to make music I love.
I don’t just love country music fans, I am one. I understand what it’s like to love music so much that you cry, or put your hand over your heart to feel a bass line in a rowdy room, to be willing to stay up all night or wait in line to see someone in bad weather. I love live music, my church, NASCAR, Clemson Tiger football, riding up in the Blue Ridge Mountains in our Jeep Wrangler. I still swim in the lake I was baptized in and I still eat Ramen Noodles.
I want to change the world, by first listening to it. I love hard work and pray I can work at this until I can’t work anymore.
Well, I’d say that is my life. So if you’ve read this, or listened to the songs, or supported or believed in anyone or anything that I do, you already have my heart and I can’t tell you what that means to me. Thank you.