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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW JEMMA JOHNSON

Hi Jemma, welcome to RGM, What made you decide to become a soloist?

That’s an interesting question actually, I’ve never really thought about it. I guess music has always been a solo thing for me since I was young, looking back I used it as a therapy tool so inviting anyone into that was scary. I do a lot of collaborating nowadays and I absolutely love it! But nothing beats sitting in my room in the evening and letting my emotions spill onto the page. 

Introduce us to you and your musical history?

Hey 🙂 I’m Jemma and I’m a pop singer/songwriter. I knew without a doubt that’s what I wanted to be the day Taylor Swift released Love Story. It was such a defining moment for me because I ran straight to my guitar, sat on my bed and wrote three songs one after the other. 12 years later and I’m still doing that, though it’s definitely not as simple as those days. I spent a lot of years posting both covers and originals to my YouTube channel, building such a supportive following and I’m so grateful for every one of them. My focus the last couple of years has been on my songwriting, and I think I’ve got a few bangers in the bag now so I’m hungry to release them.  

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

So this isn’t the most fun, but it’s the most special moment I’ve had. I was playing a festival and the stage was in the middle of a forest. The whole gig felt magical because of the setting and afterwards this lovely guy came up to me and gave me a painting and told me that he had painted it whilst I was playing.  It was the perfect memento and I’ve kept it ever since.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Touch wood, I’ve been very lucky so far and not had any major issues on stage. However, I’m planning a tour for later in the year so maybe I’ll have some more stories then 😉

If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it? 

Dancing blossom..? Haha!

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )

Urgh winter in the UK. January/Feb I think are the hardest months. Christmas is over, you’ve still got dark nights, spring is still quite far away. It sucks!!! 



What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

There’s one I’ve just finished up in the studio and I absolutely love the energy in it. A lot of my older music was quite chilled and acoustic so it’s been so fun to play around in a new style. I’ve played it at a few acoustic shows and I had such a good time, so I can’t wait to play it with a live band! 

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?

This song marks the first step in a new direction style wise for me and I really love it. I’m so excited because I’ve been waiting a while to release it, and now finally the time feels right. I recorded my first music video too which was an incredible experience. I think some people think that’s what we get to do everyday, just rock out and be a pop star. To be fair, I think that’s what I thought too when I was a little kid singing to Britney in front of my bedroom mirror haha! Anyway, I just really hope it speaks to my followers, I feel so empowered every time I sing it and I want them to feel that too. 

Talk me through the thought process of the single?

I started writing it with a couple of friends and I was probably going through one of the toughest periods in my life. It did start off quite melancholy, but as we went along I started to see the positives of the situation I was in because I was becoming mentally stronger. So it kind of moulded into an empowering song of ‘I’m resilient and shatterproof’ and not a ‘feel sorry for me’ song. My hope is that the listener can take some comfort and even change their perspective on what they might be going through. It definitely helped me get through my darkest times knowing that it isn’t forever and once I come out the other side I’ll be even stronger and more equipped to deal with anything in the future.

What was the recording process like?

Pretty straightforward really, Tom who produced it started to build the track up as we were writing it and I’ve never worked that way before but I don’t think I could go back now. Normally I record my vocals at home but this time we did them in the studio so again, pop star moment 😉 

What are your plans for the year ahead?

I have a lot planned, the main thing really is getting on the road and doing a UK tour. That’s been planned for a while now but the C word has yet again got in the way. It’ll be happening later in the year for sure though! I’m also going to be working with Jake Gosling in a month so I’m buzzing to see what we do together. Exciting times and I have a strong gut feeling this is gonna be a good year.