Jaclyn Kenyon - Songwriting is definitely an aspect of her career that Kenyon enjoys, the opportunity to create music with other kindred souls.
By Joe O’Gara - Guest Blogger for Country Music Vibe.
"I told my parents that I was moving to Nashville when I was old enough,” Kenyon recounted during a recent conversation".
There are countless stories of young singers and musicians making the trip to Nashville to follow their dreams. Some of these artists get the breaks that propel them to stardom, while others end up going back home disillusioned and broken hearted.
For Jaclyn Kenyon, her experiences in Music City have been nothing but positive. A native of Hamilton, Ontario, the 20-year old singer/songwriter/musician fell in love with Nashville seven years ago, and is now spending every other month in the city pursuing her musical aspirations.
“I told my parents that I was moving to Nashville when I was old enough,” Kenyon recounted during a recent conversation. “And since I’ve been coming back here to work on my music, the people in Nashville have welcomed me with open arms. They have been so supportive of me.”
Several years ago Kenyon went out to Los Angeles to record an album. Even though she was working with some talented musicians, including Bon Jovi guitarist Phil X and Marilyn Manson drummer Gil Sharone, Kenyon felt that something was missing in the music.
“As excited as I was to be recording in L.A., my heart wasn’t really into it,” Kenyon admitted. “There was something else I was missing.
“My producers in L.A. wanted me to get the country twang out of my voice.”
Not too long after that, Kenyon returned to Nashville to start the next chapter in her musical career. And the change of scenery seems to have rekindled the young lady’s determination to make the most of her opportunities in Music City.
“I wanted to write with Robbie when I was younger, but didn’t get to until just recently.”
Eight years ago, Kenyon met the man who would eventually produce her debut country EP.
“I first met my producer Mike Krompass when I was 13 years old,” Kenyon said. “I felt so comfortable working with Mike on this EP because I got to be 100 per cent genuine. We looked for writers that would fit with the sounds Mike and I were looking for, which was so important to what I wanted to do in the studio.”
Songwriting is definitely an aspect of her career that Kenyon enjoys, the opportunity to create music with other kindred souls.
“Usually we sit down together and if someone has an idea, we talk about it and try to come up with something from that idea,” Kenyon said. “The guys like working with titles and they write down a bunch of titles to work out. But sometimes it’s a melody first. I’ve never written songs so fast. Our songwriting sessions never go longer than two hours.”
The idea for the first single from her upcoming EP, “Daddy’s Got a Shotgun” came from a conversation between Kenyon, her father, and Mills.
“Clay, my dad and I were talking, and Clay said to me ‘Your dad is overprotective of you.’ I told him ‘Not really.’ That’s when Clay said ‘Daddy’s Got a Shotgun’! Then he started singing the first line of the chorus, ‘Daddy’s got a shotgun. He ain’t afraid to use one.”
And just like that, the fun, light-hearted song was born.
“The song, and its video, show my personality,” Kenyon said. It’s a fun, cute song about the fact that you’re always going to be your daddy’s little girl.”
When it came to casting for the video, Jaclyn’s choice for the boyfriend was her real-life beau Cam Cox. For the role of her daddy, Jaclyn brought in her uncle Dave Kenyon.
Why not her own dad?
“My dad doesn’t look scary enough,” Jaclyn replied with a laugh.
Not only did she enlist family to be in the video with her, Jaclyn also brought in a long-time friend of hers, Jordan Davies (www.jordandavies.com) to direct and shoot “Daddy’s Got a Shotgun”.
While she has been very busy working on her music, Kenyon has split her time between Nashville and her family’s home outside Hamilton, Ontario.
“I love being in Nashville. But it’s nice to be home and catch up with my family.”
- Joe O'Gara