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PREMIERE: Jenny Jarnagin Releases New Music Video For “It’s Not Right”

A satirical look at today’s “zombified” society, Jenny Jarnagin is back with the colorful and awesome animated music video for her single “It’s Not Right” off her upcoming album Heart Percent.

Born in the small town of Sayre, Oklahoma, her passion for music emerged early in life, when she began playing the family piano by ear at the age of three.  She pursued her muse in earnest after her family relocated to British Columbia, becoming a church pianist when she was seven and subsequently studying at the Conservatory of Music in Victoria.  When she reached college age, Jenny’s talents earned her the opportunity to spend a summer studying at the Conservatory of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia.  That experience proved to be a life-changing one, broadening her outlook and sharpening her musical skills. Jenny graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance, before spending some time teaching at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona and pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Education at Northern Arizona University.

In addition, Jenny took some time to speak with us about the single, album and more!

Hi Jenny, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m great! Thank’s for the conversation- good to be here! 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “It’s Not Right”?
Yes. Not only does this track groove hard, but it introduces a newer, more modern style of production combined with the same songwriting values of before- strong melodies, chord structures and a meaningful message.  It’s fun. This song, along with the complete EP, “Heart Percent” is explorative in ways.  I wanted to find something different…and I think we succeeded. 

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Yes. My sister called me one night after a fight she had with her boyfriend. We conversed about how someone can make you feel bad and make you apologize even though you did nothing wrong in the first place. People can turn you into things that you are not. People can pressure you into things that throw you off track…much like the peer pressure artists and individuals face from the rest of the world.  That’s when she said to me, “It’s not right not to be me. I just want to get back to being me”.
If anything this song is an encouragement for people to be themselves, because spending your days being something you’re not, never equates to happiness. The right thing is to always be yourself.  Individuality is sexy. More people need to own it.

Who come up with the animated concept?

My manager, Michael Lembo (Mikes Artist Management/Funzalo Records) suggested it. I liked the idea because it was something different than my previous content.

How was the film experience?
Film experience is always fun, once you learn the in and outs. Nothing beats standing in front of a big fat camera, lip singing to your own rough mix spun on a boom box you borrowed from an eight year old. The live footage was actually filmed in my living room, then sent to the animator.

The single comes off your new album Heart Percent – what’s the story behind the title?

There was a song I cut for the EP then pulled. It talked about buying in to love…owning a relationship. After a hypothetical, statistical, political, eye-rolling yet comical conversation with my French producer, Olivier Zahm, I walked away remembering the phrase “Heart Percent”, and took it to a personal level.  How much do I care? How much do I love? How much do I give? How much do you care? How much do you love? What’s your measure?

How was the recording and writing process?

I love to record and write! This particular recording process was a far different experience than my last project in Nashville at Ben Folds/RCA. Instead of laying down tracks with the band in a matter of a few days, the Heart Percent project was planned and constructed over a long period of time at a local boutique studio here in Phoenix, Electric Lotus. This detailed process allowed me to contemplate each step of the production. Though I grew a little impatient at times, I am glad to have experienced the process and am happy with the results. Although aiming for a world wide career, there is something special and important about being a patron of the local music scene.
Writing continues as always. That never stops.

What role does Oklahoma and the other places you have lived play in your music?
I think people are compilations of their own experiences and environments. Even though I was born in Oklahoma, my family immigrated to British Columbia, Canada when I was small. I’m proud to be an Okie. Not only are Oklahomans kind, but they are funny, entertaining, original, hard working and eccentric. In fact, hit songwriter, Jimmy Webb was born on the same farm I was…his parents rented my grandad’s honeymoon house, which later became my family’s chicken coop. There must be something in that red dirt in western Oklahoma. Blend that quirky, red-neck background with Canadian/European education and art, you’ve got the best of both worlds. I’ve seen beautiful landscapes from prairies to Rockies, met amazing people and have had some very unique cultural experiences. On top of all that, I also had the privilege to piano in Russia. I think that’s why my music is often described as eclectic and truthful. 

What aspects of today’s society did you get to explore on this album?

I was open to a more modern, electronic pop sound through production. The messages in the EP are still quite traditional. Times might change, but people don’t. They still experience love, heartbreak, ambition and opposition. 

Any plans to hit the road?

We’ve played some pretty awesome shows all throughout the continent, and am looking forward to doing it again! The show schedule is still building. Right now most of our shows are here in Phoenix, but we will be playing some in LA this fall.  I post all upcoming shows on FaceBook as well as my WebSite, so be sure to connect.

What else is happening next in Jenny Jarnagin’s world?

Many exciting writing projects, including a new album are already in the works. Much more news to come on this, as an exciting new record deal is involved. As for now, I’m just grateful to continue to do what I love- making music, meeting people, performing and traveling. Looking forward to a continued path of…well, awesomeness! 

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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