Vocal Whirlwind – Jenn Bostic

Singer-Songwriter Jenn Bostic
Award-winning singer/songwriter Jenn Bostic shares insights with singers.

Jenn Bostic has been singing up a storm! Since her #1 single in the UK with Jealous of the Angels, she’s performed as a guest for the Grand Ole Opry 9 times and has been named “International Touring Artist of the Year” at the British Country Music Association Awards in both 2017 and 2018.

Jenn continues to release new music and inspire audiences across the world. We found her new single, “Wrapped” deeply moving. We asked Jenn to take us behind the scenes of her singing life:

What have been some key turning points in developing your own unique vocal work? 

Focusing my vocal warm-up on both the specific shape my voice is in on a particular day, as well as how I plan to use it, has been incredibly helpful. For example, if I am out on the road and my voice is tired, I start with a light vocal fry. If I am working on correctly placing a note that feels out of reach, I use specific techniques that dance around the desired pitch. This intentionality helps me to achieve a successful practice or performance. 

Headlining the Buckle and Boots Country Music Festival in Manchester, England.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in terms of vocal health?

The voice is part of the body. If I take care of my body, I am taking care of my voice. I try to drink plenty of water, get proper rest, eat healthily, and exercise regularly. While these things are not always easy to do, especially out on the road, they definitely affect my performance. 

A vocal artist who inspires you? 

Sara Bareilles. Along with being a brilliant songwriter, vocalist, and pianist, she doesn’t put herself in a box. She is constantly, unapologetically, creating from her heart and isn’t afraid to share her beliefs with the world.

What is it about Sara’s singing that moves you?

I’ve seen Sara perform live on three separate occasions, and each time she was flawless. She has an incredible range, and I believe her. Her melodies are interesting and the transition between her registers is seamless.

Filming for BBC Songs of Praise at Saint Philip’s Church in Manchester, England

What’s your relationship with social media – what is working for you?

Social media is an amazing tool that helps artists stay connected. Personally, I do a lot of international touring and have listeners around the world. Social media allows me to connect regardless of where I might be touring. Online concerts have also been a fun way to stay connected, even before the pandemic I was using StageIt to perform once a month. 

Any social media “fails” or “successes”?

Being consistent and creative with my posts have kept growth across all platforms. Having a social media schedule at the start of each week can really help organize content and save time at the start of each day.

A favorite quote that inspires you

“If it’s important you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” – Ryan Blair

What are you currently working on?

In November of 2019 I released an EP called Take My Hand Part 1, a collaboration with Grammy nominated producer and hit songwriter Lauren Christy. This project is part of a forthcoming album due later this year or early 2021. At the start of the US travel bans for Covid-19 I was in the middle of a tour across the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, I had to interrupt the tour and fly home. I battled a lot of fear on my way back from Europe, but pressing into my faith brought an enormous amount of peace. This led me to the release of my latest single Wrapped on April 10th, 2020. 

Jenn has also been a worship leader in Nashville for the last ten years.

What performance would you single out as being a “turning point” & why?

In 2011, I performed my song Jealous of the Angels at The Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee, where I currently reside. I had not planned on performing the song that night, but felt compelled to do so. A woman approached me after the concert and said, “I lost my dad two days ago, and I know you played that song for me tonight.” 

That’s amazing – what happened next?

That experience flipped some sort of switch in my soul, and I felt that if my own experience of loss had led me to create a song that could help others find comfort and peace in their own grief, I had a responsibility to share it. I filmed a music video for the song and six months later it was on the radio in England. The next thing I know I’m performing the song on BBC Breakfast Television, and the same day it went #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.

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