In this special, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Jessica discusses her musical influences and plays several exclusive tracks.
Rising country crossover star Jessica Lynn has recently released her latest single ‘Love Me That Way’, which is now available to download and stream from all digital platforms. Like many artists she has had to reschedule live dates until next year and we asked her about her touring plans, new album and more…
How’s the new single Love Me That Way doing? Have you been pleased with the reaction to it?
I have been so blown away by the incredible support on this song! There is always a lot of anxiety that comes with a release for me in terms of how it will be received and if it will do as well as the last one. I cannot believe we are almost up to 50k streams on Spotify alone as well as on the live video we released on social media for the song from our livestream concert in only 2 weeks. Thank you all so much!
When is your debut album planned for? You’ve released two EPs to date. Will these get a reissue with the album?
We are planning to release the entire album on April 30th, only a few days before our world tour, starting in the UK! They will not get a reissue because this album is 13 brand new songs that I’d really like to highlight and I really can’t wait for everyone to hear it. I’m extremely proud of how it is coming out so far.
Do you find it more nowadays a single driven market due to the popularity of streaming?
Oh definitely! Streaming has become the thing to do but I did feel that at this point in my career, after years of touring and singles, that it was time to put out something more substantial.
How did the Amazon Prime concert come about? Do you look to play your usual set or maybe include a couple of covers for people unfamiliar with your music?
The 2 concerts that I just released on Amazon Prime have aired here in America on national television. They have also aired on Sky TV in the UK. One is a full-band big concert in a huge theatre with dancers, etc. and the latest one, “Jessica Lynn – Live at Dramatic Hall” is a stripped-down acoustic storytelling special of songs that really mean something to me personally. I recommend watching both as they are totally different with all different music. They were so much fun to create.
What can UK fans expect on your tour next year?
UK fans can expect a live presentation of the new record as well as a super high-energy show with a lot of audience participation. I cannot wait to get back on the road again. I miss it so much.
What have been the live highlights to date for you and why?
There are so many it is really hard to pick! Every single place brings something so unique and special to my journey that it is very hard to compare them to choose a favourite. One that really sticks out to me is a club in Munich, Germany. I performed there on my very first European tour and had 8 people in the audience. We went back 2 years later and sold it out. It was a very emotional moment for me to see how far I had come.
How have you been coping with lockdown? Has it made you more or less creative do you feel?
I made the decision as soon as the lockdown started to make the most of it and to not let it beat me. We lost a lot. A 12+ country tour of 80+ dates. It was extremely devastating.
The minute I knew the tour wasn’t happening we started to update our cameras and our lighting and look for ways to build my online presence. I was doing up to 6 livestreams a week at one point.
It made me feel so good to be able to bring entertainment to people during this time and to connect with my fans in a whole new way. I have to say that I have really enjoyed it. I was reaching about 500k people a month on my facebook page prior to the pandemic and I just reached 13 million this month. It has been a really wild and exciting ride.
Country music is on the up and up, particularly in the UK. Why do you think that is? What for you makes a good country song?
I think country music is so well received by people because it is real music. Real stories, real instruments being played, and real heart to go along with it. That’s what makes it so fantastic. Even as a New Yorker, country music wasn’t prevalent as I was growing up, but I connected so much with the honesty and the stories in it. This is perhaps why I connect so much with the UK audiences. We are the same, connecting through a music that was not so popular where we were raised.
Message for your fans…
Thank you all so much for your incredible support doing this very difficult time. I will remember it forever and I cannot wait to see you all in person. Thanks for having me guys!
The Lone Rider UK Tour Dates 2021
May 4: Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
May 5: The Waterfront, Norwich
May 6: St Pancras Old Church, London
May 7: Bodega, Nottingham
May 8: Patti Pavilion, Swansea
May 9: The Cluny 2, Newcastle
May 11: Drummonds, Aberdeen
May 12: The Glad Café, Glasgow
May 13: The Waterloo, Blackpool
May 14: The Blue Note, Derby
May 15: Gullivers, Manchester
May 16: Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
May 18: The 1865, Southampton
May 19: The Dancing Dog, Sittingbourne
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