Hi! I’m great! How are you? Thanks for having me! I’m writing this driving through South France. It’s beautiful. 🙂
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Crazy Idea”?
“Crazy Idea” is the leading single off my brand new three song EP “Look At Me That Way.” It was written and recorded/produced in Belgium with a very acclaimed Belgian producer, Patrick Hamilton, which was so exciting for me. It was actually the last of the three songs to be decided on for the EP and I made a gut decision last minute to go for it and I’m glad I did! It is just a fun, feel-good story of love developing between friends, which is something I think we can all relate to!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
My husband, who is also my lead guitarist, and I started out as friends and I remember thinking what a “Crazy Idea” it would be to actually get together romantically, being that it’s such a big step in a new direction. When one of my co-writers of the EP, Guy Balbaert, came in to our session with the line “I’ve got a crazy Idea, why don’t you call me baby,” my memories were automatically triggered back to what it felt like being in that position and the song felt so natural to write!
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! I am currently on tour for two months all throughout Europe (Italy, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and the U.K.) and we have been capturing so much great footage of our trip so far. When we return to the states in August we are going to release a tour diary music video of all videos and photos of our European adventure!
The single comes off your new album Look At Me That Way – what’s the story behind the title?
“Look At Me That Way” is the title of one of the songs on the EP that was actually the first track that I wrote with the team in Belgium during my trial visit. We got together prior to deciding to do the EP together to see how we worked together and if there was musical chemistry. “Look At Me That Way” flowed out in a matter of minutes so it will always hold a special place in my heart. It put everything in motion!
How was the recording and writing process?
I was honestly nervous prior to the recording and writing process because I was only in Europe for one week to do it and I felt a lot of pressure of the time constraint to create something I’d be really proud of. However, when we got to work writing and working in the studio, we all just worked so well together that all of the pressure went away and I just had an incredible time, both personally and professionally.
How has NYC influenced your writing?
I am really proud to be born and raised in New York and I think that growing up in the northeast has given my music and personal style and flair a unique angle in the realm of country music. I always have believed it’s a really beautiful thing to be different, and being different with a NY background has helped me to stand out in a sea of many talented artists and writers in this business.
How has life on the road been treating you so far?
Being on the road has been WONDERFUL so far. We’ve been out for three weeks at this point and the amount of friends, fans, and memories we have made is incredible. The shows have been so much fun and we have been eating really good! Haha! The food here in Europe is so delicious and fresh and this has truly been the experience of a lifetime.
Each show really does bring something different to the table in so many different aspects so it is very difficult to choose which I liked the best, however, we open for ZZ Top this weekend at my first arena show and I’m sure in more ways than one that is going to be something to always remember. Playing for an arena crowd with a band as iconic as ZZ Top, who I am a huge fan of, is SO EXCITING!
Does your set tend to change when you are performing locally than when you are playing overseas?
The interesting thing about performing all over the world is that things that may feel “tired” or “old” to us are totally new and fresh in a new location because no one has ever seen it before ! So, we actually do more changing of our set locally / state to state where audiences can overlap, than we do overseas because as we travel further and further away, our show is always technically new!
What else is happening next in Jessica Lynn’s world?
When we return from Europe, we plan to tour the states in support of “Look At Me That Way” as “Crazy Idea” starts to hit American Radio. The music video will come out soon and then I’ll continue to write music for future releases and I hope to release the full-length album in the near future.