Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London singer Jeannine Barry to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am British/German and live in London, UK. I just always had to sing. It was like eating to me. I needed it. And I just always dreamed of being on stage singing. There’s not much else I can say to that haha. It’s pretty simple.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I grew up listening to Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, LeAnn Rimes, and of course Michael Jackson. There wasn’t a lot of Country music around when I grew up but it was in me anyway.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say it changes constantly. My new single is a contemporary Country pop sound I would say. I hear a lot that my voice has a unique sound to it which is always wonderful to hear. I started out making music with just a hint of Country and think I’m just leaning more and more towards Country. I recorded an EP in Nashville ‘Off The Hook’ which was quite Country but very well received among non Country fans too and so was my single ‘Bittersweet’. I think you’ll just have to take a listen and see what you think :)
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My new single ‘Love Just Hurts’ was just released recently and I wrote it with my songwriting partner Marino Donati who also plays bass in my band and Robert Leech who wrote several songs on the Wandering Hearts debut album. The song came from a feeling that no matter what love just always hurts a bit. We were discussing relationships and we all agreed that it always stings a bit even when you know it’s not the right relationship for you or even if it is. I don’t think there’s any love relationship that goes completely without pain. That was where that came from and I personally was somewhat involved with someone at the time and I felt it wasn’t right for me and it hurt a bit knowing that.
What’s your local music scene like?
The UK Country scene is very exciting at the moment. I’m really glad I’m around for this and love seeing how it grows with every day and I meet more and more people who are into it and the opportunities are just getting more and more. I think you can see I’m loving it haha. It’s great to be a part of it all and to contribute to a growing scene like this. It’s something very special.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have plans of releasing an album and I will announce more exact details about that in the near future. Some things are still in the planning as it often is with an unsigned artist. Me and the band have played several festivals this year already including Buryfields festival and are heading to Green Meadows festival soon and The British Country Music Festival with Ward Thomas in September which we’re very excited about!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I would love to work with Maren Morris. I love her work.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
The only funny one I can think of right now is the one where I completely blanked and forgot the name of my guitarist while I was introducing the band. I just couldn’t remember and he had to tell me hahaha. It was so weird, awkward and very funny. We still joke about it now.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
That I would very much love for them to download my latest single hahaha. Seriously though, that’s a tough question! I suppose it’s that I’ve come a very long way to be doing what I love today and that with every single person who listens to my music and takes the time to tell me how they feel about it my heart fill with so much joy. I have always wanted to inspire others to go for their dreams and I guess having had such a rough ride myself and because of that used to struggle (and sometimes still do) with self-doubt and insecurities I feel I can do that now. I’m very grateful for that. But also, please download ‘Love Just Hurts’ hahaha.