Exclusive Premiere: Jeni Schapire Chats With TMI About Her New Single “What’s In A Name”
Hey Jeni!! We are so excited to be premiering your new single “WHAT’S IN A NAME”!!! Can you tell us what this song means to you?
The song started out as a way to tangibly share my name change and what it means to me. This spring I decided to depart from the stage name I had been using since I was 15. But additionally, it was this acknowledgement that something needed to change in my life. My life was unrecognizable to me and that really scared me. This song is my reminder of that– the only way out is through.
What’s been your reaction to the fans anticipation for your new single?
My fans are so excited and I’m honestly floored. I’m so pleased that people are eager to hear what I’ve been working on. I’m so proud of it so I hope they see that too.
How excited are you to get this single out into the world?
I’m thrilled. It feels like such a jumping off point. So much to look forward to. I’ve been waiting too long to really share my music with the world. It feels like a long awaited exhale.
Do you have any other release plans for 2020?
Expect another single next month and my debut EP shortly after.
What do you hope your supporters will think of the new music?
I hope that it speaks to them and they see a piece of themselves in it. My ultimate goal as a songwriter is to be a great storyteller. I hope these stories are ones they recognize and want to return to over and over again.
How do you want your relationship to be like with your supporters?
Like friends! My social media presence is super informal and I like it that way. I share things about myself. I’m super politically active. That’s the stuff that I want to engage with so I hope my supporters feel the same.
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
That I know how to play the steel drums!
What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public?
Please say hi!!
What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?
Authenticity always. There is only one you. My shows are places to dance and cry– maybe even at the same time.
What’s one word you would use to describe what your fans have allowed you to accomplish?
Is there anyone in the music business you are dying to work with?
St. Vincent produced her first album for Sleater-Kinney and I want to be the second.
Why do you think social media is so important for artists like yourself?
It’s such an asset to reach people from all over the world– not just my little Nashville bubble. It has really helped me with the creative side of my artistry. I’ve met videographers, artists, animators, collaborators all through social media.
What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?
I hope people connect with my music. That’s all I can ask for.
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us!!
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