RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN ARTIST JENNIFER ALVARADO
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I have been writing and singing in some capacity since I was four years old. My grandfather played multiple instruments and I can never remember a time when I wasn’t listening to or doing music.
Introduce us to yourself and your musical history?
Hi! I’m Jennifer a singer/songwriter from Vale, North Carolina. I first got started singing in church choir when I was really young. In high school, I began leading worship at church. I spent years as a worship leader and released my first Contemporary Christian album called “Hello Life” back in 2015.
When 2020 hit, I decided to start releasing my secular material. I released a Country EP called “Playing with Fire” in 2021 and I am currently working on another album.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
I am not really sick of being asked anything. However, the question I find most difficult to answer is the “What’s your process for writing?” question. It’s a difficult question because every song is different.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Hmm…this is a loaded question. My father was really into conspiracy theories when I was growing up. And so I grew up believing certain things and feeling anxious about everything. When I became an adult, I tried to let go of a lot those theories and realize I can only control certain aspects of my life.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
Actually no. My husband went to get toilet paper when everyone was bulk buying it and people stared at him because he only got one pack.
What useless party trick do you have?
I can “cry” and sound like a newborn.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
There was a Christmas show I did several years back and on the last song everyone cut loose. I usually have a little performance anxiety that keeps me from completely relaxing, but that night I finally eased up and I had such joy.
What was your worst experience on stage?
My very first show ever I was not used to how dark the stage would be as I entered and I ran into a wall and knocked a chunk out of my guitar.
Tell us something about yourself that you think people would be surprised about?
I am extremely analytical and organized. I think most musicians are characterized as being somewhat chill and I am the polar opposite.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
Honest. If you want to cry…I’ll cry with you. If you want to grab a baseball bat and smash things…I’ll do that too. It’s to help you feel understood and like you have a friend.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
My honesty about my own life and situations. And my work ethic. I am my own worst critic. I don’t cut myself any slack. I am a perfectionist which can be a complete curse, so I have to keep it in check.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
Entitled people. I’ve always believed you have to work hard. My grandparents survived the Great Depression and so I think they instilled in me a work ethic that nothing in life comes easy. You tend to be more grateful when you have to work and struggle for something.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
My favorite of my songs right now to play live is “Filthy Water.” That song is very honest and raw. It was written about a specific situation and so it is cathartic every time I sing it.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Yes! “Rock This Way” is my new single coming out June 17th. It’s such a fun song. It was inspired by all my favorite classic rock songs and I wanted to pay tribute to them.
It is the third single off my “Songbird” album that I will be releasing in two parts later this Summer.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
“Rock This Way” was actually written as a challenge of sorts to myself. I like to challenge myself with random words or ideas. I wanted to see how many classic rock songs I could seemingly reference and the song still make sense. I had a lot of fun writing it and I hope that translates to the listener as they tally up the references for themselves.
What was the recording process like?
I pretty much had the frame of the song done when I took it to my producer. We usually lay down a solid scratch of the song for flow. We then have the drummer come in and that brings life to the track. After that we added bass and guitars. Lastly, we added the vocals and had fun doing a Def Leppard type chorus.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the album?
The “Songbird” album is the first time I’ve really felt like I trusted myself as a writer and artist. My producer, Ricky Rodriguez, and I have built these songs from the ground up this time. They are still very much my writing technique; however, I feel like I’ve grown immensely during this project and finally found my unique sound.
Would you change anything now that it’s finished?
The only thing I still think about for “Rock This Way” is adding a laugh at the very end…kinda like in Ozzy’s “Crazy Train.” Other than that, the song came out exactly how I envisioned it.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
My immediate plans are to finish the “Songbird” album and I will be doing a lot more live shows which I am excited about. I also am planning to go back into the studio to do a Christmas project.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
If you are an artist or band, I just want to encourage you to keep going. I’ve thought about quitting many times, but if you are truly passionate about music, that desire will not just go away. So keep moving forward.