An Interview with Jenna Basso on her new EP, Crazy Love

Several months ago Jenna and I met at Starbucks for the first time thanks to an earlier blog post. Later that day she sent me a link to listen to Crazy Love... and oh.my.gosh. I haven't closed the tab on my phone since! Crazy Love releases tomorrow (March 4th) and I can already sing along to every word on the album. It's that good.

Jenna and I are teaming up to give away a Crazy Love album to a lucky reader, so make sure to check out all the ways you can enter to win below! Winner will be announced Monday, March 7th!

How did the 5 songs on your EP Crazy Love come together?

Crazy Love came together with the help of two very talented people, Marie Hines and Eric Kinny. Marie is an extremely talented singer/songwriter and Eric is a very gifted musician and producer. We came together knowing that we wanted to create something that wasn't typical and would be unique in its own right. Putting together the track listing really just fell into place naturally. The songs each have their own identity, but they flow nicely into each other.

When did you start singing?

I have been singing my whole life. I was really a "closet singer" until I was about ten years old. I would sing in my room for hours, but the moment someone would come in the room or I could hear someone walk by I would immediately stop. In fourth grade that all changed when I got up in front of the entire school (shout out to Purdy Elementary and Mrs. Mullen) and sang "Unchained Melody" for the talent show.

How long have you been in Nashville and what role did being in Music City play in putting this EP together?

I have been in Nashville for 10 years, I can't believe it! Being in Nashville really shaped how I wanted Crazy Love to sound because I knew that I wanted it to be unique and have it's own identity from other country EPs. Being in Music City has really helped me step out and broaden my horizons as far as what I listen for in a song and who I want to be as an artist.

What has been your favorite part of this Crazy Love Journey?

I think my favorite part of this journey would be the fact that I proved to myself that I can do this- create something that I am proud of- despite sometimes feeling a little fearful or frustrated.

 
 

Who are your musical idols and why?

I really look up to Trisha Yearwood. Not only is she an extremely talented vocalist, but her song choices are impeccable.

So I know you met your husband at Belmont, do you two write or perform together or even just play together for fun at home?

My husband and I don't usually work creatively together. We just learned over the course of our marriage that we don't bring out the best in each other when we are sitting down and playing music together- and that's ok!

Where do you get your inspiration to make music?

My inspiration to sing really just comes from everything I have experienced in my life. When I hurt I want to sing. When I am happy I want to sing. When I am angry or frustrated I want to sing.. Music is just a part of who I am.

What is something you struggle with as an artist and what are you actively doing to overcome it?

Something I struggle with as an artist is just finding my place among so many talented people and artists out there. Throughout the process of creating Crazy Love, I really stayed focused on creating something I would be proud of both personally and musically rather than my motivation coming from what other people think my music should sound like.

What is one thing you want people to take away from Crazy Love?

I want people to feel when they listen to Crazy Love. This is an EP that isn't going to appeal to everyone and that's ok. But to me it's most important to touch people through the power of music and I feel like Crazy Love will do just that.

Katherine Forbes

Nashville, TN