Interview with Jennifer Alvarado – Songbird:Part One album

Q: What inspirations came to you while creating ”Songbird: Part One” album?

This album has been a couple years in the making.  I started this project after a really rough season of life that left me questioning myself and whether I was on the correct path with music.  Part One of “Songbird” are the beginning stages of a toxic situation and the unraveling of everything.  It focuses on the questions you are left with when you go through difficult situations and lose parts of yourself.  Part Two that will be coming out later this year focuses on the “answers” to all those questions.

Q: If you could choose, which song on your new EP/album means the most to you, and why?

The most meaningful on Part One is problem Track Six, “By This Time Next Year.”  I wrote this song on December 31, 2020.  It basically was my way of saying goodbye to the last stage of my life.  It’s a song about moving out of the darkness and finding yourself again.

Q: Hey, how would you describe your sound to someone who’s not heard your music before?

A mixture of the soft 90’s country feel of Deana Carter with the raw edge of Alanis Morissette.

Q: When did you realize that you wanted to become a musician?

I began writing songs when I was around 4 years old.  I knew from around age 4 or 5 that I wanted to be a singer.  As I got older, that desire only grew.  For a while, I tried to pursue a “normal” career path, but all roads always led back to music.

Q: What inspires you the most to write your songs?

I feel like my strongest songs have come when I am angry.  Songwriting has always been like therapy for me.  I am safe to say whatever I want to say in a song.  I am naturally an introverted shy person who has hard time expressing myself, especially when angry or upset.  So writing when I am emotional or hurt is the more productive and cathartic for me.

Q: Who would be your ultimate dream collaboration with, and why?

There are so many.  I am going to say Reba McEntire.  I have looked up to her since I was nine years old.  She is the ultimate entertainer and business women in my eyes.  She is able to do anything and she has shown me the grit you have to have to survive in this business.

Q: If there’s one song from your catalog that you wish everyone in the world could listen to, which one would it be?

Hmm…that’s a great question.  I am going to go with “Filthy Water.”  That song for me was my statement to those that hurt me.  And I think it is a good reminder to anyone that has experienced hurt and injustice that the truth will always come out.  It may seem like the guilty party has won and even thrived, but eventually truth will always make itself known.

Q: What do you have planned for the year ahead?

I am currently working on finishing Part Two of “Songbird.”  I am aiming for late Fall.  I am also working on bookings and starting work on a holiday project and a stripped down release.  I plan to keep moving forward and learning as much as I can along the way.

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