1) Hi Jean, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
JW: Hi! I’m good thanks for asking!
2) Can you talk to us more about your latest single ‘Evicted’?
JW: ‘Evicted’ is my second single produced by Macgregor Leo and co written by Geena Fontanella. It’s a song about being emotionally abandoned by your loved one.
3) Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
JW: ‘Evicted’ really took me back to one of my past relationship of feeling abandoned and feeling so heartbroken. I wanted the song to relate to others so they know they’re not alone.
4) How was the recording and writing process?
JW: Macgregor and I started working on a song that sounded so different from what ‘Evicted’ is now. He pulled out the guitar and I told him to strip everything back to just the guitar. It started a whole new vibe. I asked for the mic and headphones and I started mumbling the lyrics to the whole song. Then we set up another session with Geena to help put the song together and write the lyrics. I absolutely LOVE working with Mac and Geena.
5) How has been the transition from being an influencer to jumping into the music world?
JW: I’ve actually always been doing music. I sang since I could remember and I started taking music professionally at 18. I unfortunately was in a couple bad deals and I never wanted to talk about the underground problems that were happening.
I was always very good at makeup and I used to do makeup for fashion shows to pay for my studio time. Thanks to social media, it’s much easier and quicker to be known for beauty looks then building a body of work that I felt proud enough to show to the world. So when people believe I just woke up one day deciding to sing, they couldn’t be more further from the truth. I believe this phase will go away eventually.
6) What artists have influenced your music?
JW: Sia, Michael Jackson, and literally anything that I feel inside.
7) Does Chicago play any role in your music?
JW: Chicago does play a role in my music for sure. The first time I started recording, it was in some guy’s basement in the southside. That’s when I started understanding tracks and the program to put my piano to a software. My aunt heard my music and showed another guy. That guy owned a label in Chicago and they put me on a conference call and asked me to sing. After that I started working on an album. The contract wasn’t something I wanted to sign so I started working on music with other producers I could find. It wasn’t until I posted a video of me singing on Facebook and got shared around, that I was asked to sing at a festival. Shortly after that, I moved to LA. Without all of those things, I wouldn’t have moved to LA to pursue music.
8) Any new music in the works?
JW: Lots of new music! I’m working on my next single along with many others! Stay tuned!
9) Any plans to hit the road?
JW: I cannot wait to start doing shows and touring. I’ve been working so hard for soooo long that I’m craving the one on one interaction with people and really feeling the connections in person.
10) What else is happening next in Jean Watts’ world?
JW: Music, Music and more Music!