Interview: Jamie Lynn Spears
Fri, 30 May 2014 16:47:59
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Jamie Lynn Spears wants to take you on a journey.
That’s precisely what her brand new EP of the same title does. Spears opens up her heart through soulful and sweet country that always manages to tell an unforgettable story. It’s a poetic, powerful, and passionate set from Spears, and it’s a must-have for country fans. You’re going to love this journey, and it may just change your life.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Jamie Lynn Spears talks The Journey [iTunes link], movies, and so much more.
The Journey feels cohesive from start to finish. Did you approach it with one overarching vision or vibe in mind?
I'm so happy to hear you say that. People haven't really heard the EP yet, especially in the order my producer and I put together. They're just hearing it in its entirety now. That was the whole point. It's the reason I did this. I really wanted to tell my story. I wanted these songs to feel like the next page or chapter of my story. Listeners feel like they're getting to know me and get to connect to what I'm saying at the same time. That's exactly what I was going for.
The title definitely fits!
The Journey means a lot to me as a title. I kept saying, "Well, you know this is just about my journey". I thought, "Wait a minute, let's call it The Journey". Everybody is on their own journey, and I feel like I'm just right in the middle of mine. I'm at the beginning of whatever part you want to call it. I'm on the journey, and this is a little glimpse of what I've been through thus far.
Were all of the songs written around the same time?
I'm back in Louisiana now, but there was a time when I needed to dig in and find who I am as an artist. It was probably about five years ago that I moved to Nashville. Every day for three years, I would be working on the craft so these songs are from the past six years. Some of them are a year old. Some of them are three-years-old. Some of them are four-years-old. "Shotgun Wedding" is one of the first songs I ever wrote so it's almost six-years-old. It's cool to go back through all of the songs I've written and pick out the ones that give you a good point-of-view of where I've been and where I'm at now. It has been such a long time since I've been able to say who I am and get myself out there.
What's the story behind "Big Bad World"?
Well, Chris Tompkins is one of my favorite co-writers to work with in Nashville. We had a co-write set up. I think it was in the wintertime. I was living in Nashville alone with my little girl. I was really in a place where I felt homesick. I was missing my family. I was missing the familiar. I was missing all of that and feeling alone. That song was written from that place. They helped me get the point across really simply. The chorus has a lot less to say opposed to the verses which are wordier. When I perform it live, I think about a lot of different things. There are a lot of girls who go off to college and feel lonely. It's about being in that lonely place and feeling so small in this big world.
Which song from the EP speaks to you the most at the moment?
At the moment, I'd have to say "How Could I Want More". That's sort of where I am in my life. I wrote it a few years ago with Rivers Rutherford. It's about the man I'm now married to. I'm in a good place professionally and personally. I really couldn't want more in life right now. That one means a lot to me. It always will, but it especially does now that I'm in such a good place.
Is it important for you to tell stories and paint pictures with the songs?
Definitely! I personally love songs that are colorful and make you feel that you're right there in that moment. They also make you feel connected to the song. There's something familiar about it. You can picture that one line you love in the song and you tell your friends, "Oh my God, did you hear that one line?" Those things are what make songs special. Putting those lines in there that really mean something to me makes people connect to the songs. I believe adding those little things is a big part of the writing process.
What have you been listening to?
My little girl will be six in June so it's funny I've been listening to a lot of Frozen! Just yesterday she told me she thinks she might be out of the Frozen phase. I was like, "Oh great, what are we going to do for a birthday party now?" [Laughs] As far as what's been inspiring me, I've been trying to dig into some older songs. I've been listening to Loretta Lynn, Pam Tillis, and Patsy Cline's "Crazy". I've been trying to do dig up that music that I've always loved. The classics are always good.
If you were to compare the EP to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
I don't know that they've made that movie [Laughs]. I'd have to think about that one!
What are some of your favorite movies?
One of my favorite movies is Man on Fire with Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning. He's protecting this little girl. My daddy and I always watched that together, and I cry at the end every time. That movie never gets old, but I definitely need to have a day where I can just be emotional about it. Who doesn't love that movie?
Have you heard The Journey?