Artist Spotlight: Jena Rose
Teen singer-songwriter-pianist Jena Rose began her songwriting career at the tender age of 9. Music resonated with her early on and helped her overcome her shyness as a child. She's come a long way and now writes music for others to relate to. Her current single, "Crazy," featuring Sean Kingston, is moving up the WISM Top 30 chart moving to No. 8 this week with 33,462 plays.
How did you team up with singer/rapper Sean Kingston and what was the collaboration like for you?
I was beyond excited when Sean and I were connected through our teams because I grew up listening to his amazing music. He is so talented and it was incredible to see his writing process.
Where did you inspiration for “Crazy” come from?
My inspiration for “Crazy” came from the fact that a lot of people think you always have to try to be perfect. I wanted to write a song that showed them that it’s ok to be who you are and not worry about what others think of you. Just be you!
You’ve been writing since you were a little girl. As you’ve matured, how has your music changed and how would you describe it?
I’ve been writing songs since I was nine years old. I would take inspiration from artists like Sara Bareilles, Rachel Yamagata, Ed Sheeran, and Adele. I still look up to them now as they continue to influence my musical style and I continue to have the goal of writing songs that tell people’s stories and inspire them. The difference between my music then and now is that I incorporate current production into my music instead of just piano and vocals. I would describe my music as indie-pop. My music now fully represents who I am as an artist and I can’t wait to share it with the world!
What do you love most about performing live and how do you prepare for each show?
I love being able to see the audience’s reaction to my music when I perform it on stage! It is such an honor to be able to inspire others and see my songwriting pay off when I perform live. I prepare for each show by practicing nonstop and going over my staging so that I feel comfortable.
You recently wrapped up dates opening for the Plain White T’s on the High School Nation Spring Tour, what are some of your favorite memories from that experience and what’s next for you?
The High School Nation Spring Tour was absolutely incredible! I loved being able to perform in different high schools each day for students my age that I could relate to. The Plain White Tees are some of the nicest, down to earth guys and I was honored to share the stage with them. I also made some lifelong friends and had so much fun with the crew and the artists on tour. I have been writing and recording music that is coming out very soon!