My Blog__ Meet Jennie Laws
We at hearty love women that can do it all, Jennie Laws is no exception to the rule--Singer, songwriter, composer, teleporter...okay maybe not but we wouldn't be surprised if she had some tricks up her sleeve that would allow her to bring us back to the good old days, her sound does just that! Jennie Laws is one of the freshest yet mature sounds we've heard in a while, mixing a pinch of classical flavor with a jar-full of soul. When the namedrops begin, remember "we told you so."
Who is Jennie Laws?
An emerging soulful singer/songwriter/performer/instrumentalist/arranger and occasional producer from Toronto, Canada.
What is the concept behind the remix project?
We wanted to hear a fresh take on the songs from my debut EP, "Introducing Jennie Laws." We thought if we stripped the songs of all the chords and instruments, what would be left of them and what would a different kind of producer do to them? It's sort of my first baby steps into collaborating with other producers on my own material. And we wanted to give people something to listen to while I was busy finishing my new record.
You're a classically trained musician, meaning you're close to the songs you write. How does it feel to allow someone else to transform your work?
Yeah! Classical, jazz, pop, I'm very trained and it actually was really hard for me to step back and let other people take control of my music! I did get involved on almost half the tracks, tweaking the mix or the placement of the melody here and there. And doing this project forced me to open my mind to types of music that I would never listen to...because some people do! And I wanted to let everyone feel free to express their creativity so I didn't tell them which songs to choose or which groove to go with. It's good to just let things go sometimes and trust in the process and the people you work with.
You're from Toronto, Canada. Top 5 Canadian artists to keep our eyes peeled for?
Wow. That's a tough one. Do you mind if I narrow it down to female artists to make it easier for me? Let's see, Saidah Baba-Talibah, Graph Gonzales, Syreeta Neal, Jenna Andrews & Anjulie. And I'm not just saying that because I'm involved with most of them as a writer or arranger, but because they're all unique and incredible at what they do!
What can we expect from you in the near future?
You can expect a brand new project from me very soon, hopefully in the first or second quarter of 2011, and a lot more video content on Youtube than I've been sharing so far. You'll be hearing songs I wrote on other people's records, and string arrangements too. And I hope to get into film scoring in the not-too-distant future.