Mary Jennings

www.jennings-music.com
Jennings is the one-name moniker of NYC based siren Mary Jennings. Standing five feet, one inch tall Jennings is small in stature, her music however, is anything but. Drawing influences from artists like Imogen Heap, Annie Lennox, Sarah McLachlan and Moby, Jennings’ music reflects an enormous strength and drive that is uniquely hers.

How do you describe your music to people, Jennings?

My music is pop with a touch of electronica and rock in the same vain as Imogen Heap or Sarah McLachlan with a bit more edge.  My lyrics are honest and straightforward.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
My dad's side of the family is very musical so I got into from them I would say.  My dad was a bassist in a band growing up, my grandfather is a singer and my grandmother is a wonderful pianist.  I spent many car rides harmonizing to songs with my granddad so I guess I got the bug then and it stuck.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Well, other than all things music?  THRIFT STORE SHOPPING!!  It is amazing therapy to me.  It is truly one of my favorite things to do.



What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Covering all of the bases in the music business is the most difficult thing for me.  Allocating time for writing, performing out, sending press kits, working on social networking sites, having meetings, traveling.  It is hard to feel like you have done everything you are supposed in a day.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I always knew I wanted to do entertainment in some way.  I have wanted to be a singer for as long as I can remember.  I knew there were other jobs I would do, but what I wanted was to be a performer.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Well I grew up in the south and partially in Nashville so I learned a lot from living there and meeting so many musicians.  Now in New York, I have met all kinds of people that have influenced my music.  I go to 2 open mics a week and am surrounded by talent which makes you want to be better.  I feel like I have been lucky to spend so much time in two very different but both extremely interesting places; Nashville and New York.

What other artists out there do you love?
OH MAN!  Too many to list.  I listen to a lot of indie artists like Rachel Epp, Dave Felipe and the Lunatic Fringe, Denitia Odigie, Reese Browning, and all my friends from open mic.  But I also listen to celtic music, Imogen Heap, Tori Amos, Mute Math, Passion Pit, Jem, and so many others.  We would be here forever if I tried to list them all.

What does your future hold?
I hope that I will be able to continue to write and perform music in such a way that I can keep it as my full time profession.  I don't need much, but to be able to travel around and play to rooms of 150 or more and sell my music then I will be set.  Anything after that is just icing on the cake.


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