Interview: Jennah Bell - The bright new talent we've been raving about
We caught up with the wonderfull Jennah Bell in New York not too long ago right before her performance with Emily King and Margaret Glaspy. Hailing from the Bay Area in Northern California, Jennah Bell's style incorporates her unique and diverse upbringing. Music became a very serious career choice when she was blessed with the opportunity to attend the summer program affiliated with the Grammy Foundation. A competitive audition process placed her as one of 11 singer/songwriters from around the U.S.
You started off by posting youtube videos of yourself singing in the subway. Why were some of those songs not included in your debut EP "The Early Bird"?
The EP was actaullly comprised of songs that I already recorded during college. The songs I recorded in the subway were not in existence back then.
So your EP came out and then you recorded your Youtube videos?
Yep, the two projects were not related and I didn't connect the both of them.
What class did you enjoy the most at Berklee?
Probably "Guitar for the Songwriter". I had a really great teacher called Mark Simos. He really believed in me and helped me a lot with my progression as a guitarist.
Talk to us a little bit about "3hrs, 59min. (New York)".
That's funny because that song was written about Margaret Glaspy. We were both supposed to move out to New York City at the same time, but she ended up leaving before I did. I stayed in Boston for another year. That song was written about her journey to New York and not coming back to Boston, and a year later I followed.
Talk to us about how you were chosen to perform at the 2012 BET Awards, Music Matters segment which allowed you to step into a national TV spot.
I guess someone in the office saw the offices and Kelly G. Griffin (Music Programming at BET) called me to do a mini-performance in the office. They liked what they heard and next thing you know, I was asked to perform at the BET Awards!