FEATURED ARTIST – Jagger
Interview with Jagger – By: Dennis M. Kelly
Dennis: Good day Jagger, how are you today?
Jagger: Doing great!!
Dennis: Thanks for your time today in answering these questions, I really appreciate it! Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? You started singing roughly 13 years ago, what was your family life like back then?
Jagger: I started singing when I was little, after seeing some of my favorite artists on TV. I would dress up and sing for my grandma or my parents for fun! I started taking it seriously when I got a little older.
Dennis: What music were you playing and singing along with back in those days?
Jagger: I LOVED Lady Gaga. She was my first favorite artist and completely inspired me to start singing. I loved to be dramatic and perform “Alejandro” by her in sunglasses and purple boots.
Dennis: Have you always lived here in Illinois?
Jagger: Yes, I’ve always lived in Chicago.
Dennis: Do you have any siblings?
Jagger: I have a younger sister!
Dennis: After you started singing, did you take any vocal lessons?
Jagger: I started taking vocal lessons when I was around 8 years old, and joined School of Rock in the 6th Grade. I was part of the program for about 7 years. In high school, I started posting videos of me singing and snippets of original songs. I began working with co-writers, and producers and released my first three songs later on in high school.
Dennis: How did your vocal style take shape?
Jagger: I always loved to improvise and come up with a lot of different runs. I loved to change melodies of songs and make them my own, and I still do. A lot of my inspiration comes from singers like Florence + the Machine, Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey and Lorde.
Dennis: Do you do anything to take extra care of your voice before performances/recording?
Jagger: I always warm up before shows and auditions and I drink throat coat tea!
Dennis: What have been the top 3 cover songs that have been a challenge for you to sing, but you still love singing them?
Jagger: I used to end my shows with the song “Feeling Good” which was a difficult song to sing, but super fun, and one of my favorites to perform! I also love singing Florence + the Machine songs which are also hard, but the style is so cool.
Dennis: When did you start to play guitar?
Jagger: I started playing guitar in 5th grade and I wouldn’t call myself a guitar player, but I love using it to write songs and record videos. I also play a little bit of piano.
Dennis: Nice! What are some non-music hobbies you enjoy?
Jagger: One of my favorite things to do is read; I have always loved reading books and writing. I also write poetry sometimes which helps inspire my songwriting. I like to watch romcoms, if that counts as a hobby too!
Dennis: What were some of the more stressful challenges for you in school and how did you overcome them?
Jagger: I used to be really shy when I was little and had a hard time making friends. When I started singing and performing, it became easier for me to step outside of my comfort zone and be more social.
Dennis: Who have you been writing songs with?
Jagger: I co-wrote with a couple of different amazing songwriters here in Nashville! Two of my songs, “I Go Crazy” and “The Sixties,” I wrote with Gabe Simon and Nick Schwarz, and “Melancholic” with Nick Schwarz and Annika Bennet.
Dennis: Would you like to collaborate with any other musicians one day in the future?
Jagger: I would love to collaborate with different musicians in the future. Some of my favorite artists that would be amazing to collaborate with would be Phoebe Bridgers, Lizzy McAlpine, Florence + the Machine, and Lorde.
Dennis: How do you like Nashville as compared to Chicago?
Jagger: I love it here!!! I love the music scene and being able to go to different shows every week with people I go to school with and other local artists.
Dennis: You recently released a performance video for Meloncholic from the Hilson Studio. It is a beautiful video by the way! Do you have any plans to film an official music video anytime soon?
Jagger: I do not, but that would be really cool and something that I am definitely planning on for the future!
Dennis: What do you have planned for the rest of this year?
Jagger: I would love to start playing more shows in Nashville and collaborating and co-writing with different artists. One of my biggest goals for this year is to release more music!
Dennis: Can’t wait! Any long term goals you’d like to see yourself accomplish one day?
Jagger: I would love to go on tour one day and maybe open up for one of my favorite artists! One of my biggest goals is to release an album one day and keep reaching more people with my music.
Dennis: What is the best way for people to reach you for business inquiries or fans?
Jagger: I have a link tree on my instagram which is jaggermusicofficial or my email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis: Thank you so very much once again for your time!
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