Interview: Jessie James Decker
Thu, 22 May 2014 09:46:21
Jessie James Decker opens up on her Comin' Home EP. [iTunes link] Carried by her robust voice, these delicately crafted songs emanate real emotion and tangible heart. It shows another side of the star of Eric & Jessie: Game On, illustrating what a powerful and passionate pop singer she is. Of course, there's that classic country flare as well, and that's what makes Comin' Home so warm and wonderful.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Jessie James Decker talks Comin' Home EP and so much more.
Did you approach the Comin' Home EP with one story in mind?
I felt like it was definitely tied together musically. At the same time, I felt like each song was a separate story that was representative of my life.
Where they all written around the same time?
Actually, "Breaking Your Heart" was written a couple of years ago, and "Comin’ Home" was written last year. They’re songs that I collected over time that I felt really represented me for this album. They all came together, and it was really interesting. It reflected what was happening in my life.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
I'm a really visual person so I've always loved songs where you feel like you're reading a book and you can just visualize it yourself. It's been that way for me as a writer. Even with songs I didn't write, I love to see it visually. Every song to me is a music video, if that makes sense. If you think about a song as a music video, I think it's done its job.
What's the story behind "Mama Wrote You a Lullaby"?
Well, I wanted to write a song for my daughter. It's my God-given talent to be a writer and a singer so I figured I should use it and write something beautiful for her. She wasn't born yet, but she was in my tummy. I wanted to write a song she could listen to while she was in my belly and she could listen to it when she came out. I felt this was a special way to show her I love her. When she's older, she can know that her mom wrote a song about her even before she was born. I wrote it with one of my best friends. It was so easy. We wrote it in about thirty minutes. It's one of the fastest songs we've ever written. It's great to just make things happen quickly. I thought it was a great way to end the EP too.
Which song speaks to you the most at the moment?
That's a hard question! There are two. I love "Coming Home" because it's about my husband and being away from each other because our lives are so busy sometimes. It's that feeling of, "I just have to get home to you because you make everything better". As far as songwriting goes, one of my proudest moments would be "Breaking Your Heart". I think that's the best song I've ever written. It's the most unique. I felt it was very emotional and dark in a way. I was pushing myself to try something new, and it came out very naturally for me.
What artists shaped you?
I'd have to say Shelby Lynne was a really big inspiration for me. I loved her voice. That woman could tell a story with her voice. I loved her. As far as the more commercial pop country, I love Shania Twain. I love how she could cross genres and make people who had never heard country music become aware of it. I love her voice too. She was a definitely a big favorite. Of course, there's Janis Joplin too. I love rock music. I love the sixties. Those are a couple of my favorites. I have a wide variety of what I love.
What other art forms inspire you?
I definitely love movies. The love stories are very inspiring. It's mostly life experiences. It could be something that's happening to a friend, and I'll try to write about it for them.
If you were to compare Comin' Home to a movie, what would you compare it to?
That's a really good question! Maybe Forrest Gump [Laughs]. There are so many different things going on in that movie. There are so many separate stories and love stories. Each one could probably fit into a portion of that movie.
Have you heard the EP yet?