Jenny JAM is a London born, Los Angeles based soul-pop singer/songwriter whose music aims to encourage others to always believe in yourself even when times get tough. Her thought-provoking and sincere songwriting allows listeners to connect to her music, delivering an authentic message that has been captivating audiences across the globe.
With a background in musical theatre, acting and modeling, Jenny utilizes her dynamic singing talents and experiences to craft her own unique and genuine music. Inspired to write after a series of traumatic events, Jenny used writing as a form of release, wanting others to hear her story and learn from her experiences and mistakes. The overall theme of her music highlights turning negatives into positives. The musician explains, “You can always take the positive out of the worst of experiences, as there is always a lesson – no matter how big the price to pay is”.
Jenny draws from a panorama of influences ranging from jazz, soul and blues, to the classic 60’s rock bands including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac. Jenny reveals, “Amy Winehouse’s real and deeply honest lyrics mixed with her classic 60’s style jazz, has definitely made me feel that as an artist I can be more free to express who I really am, in the style I really want”.
Jenny JAM has acted in many notable films and programs under the name ‘Jennifer Moxham’ alongside renowned actors and actresses.
Through her music, Jenny JAM paints a dark of picture of how life can be, but the message is always the same; the importance of always believing in yourself.
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
This year has mainly involved a lot of writing new music and planning! I’ve designed my new merchandise line with talented artist Rebecca Aston Design, coming soon! I also have the release of my new song and music video “My Letter to You” coming next month, along with an NFT created by Tyquane Wright, one of the animators of Spider-Man. There is also a remix coming of “Prove Who” which has been done by a legendary DJ from the UK – Karl Tuff Enuff Brown, so a lot of planning and press releases!
I performed in a beautiful old theatre just outside of San Francisco recently with a very talented jazz band and am looking forward to a lot more live gigs once I’m back from the UK!
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I’ve always enjoyed singing and always been creative. I studied musical theatre in Drama School part time and played instruments. I used to compose classical pieces on the piano from age 11 and wrote poetry as a teenager. I then started writing hooks on songs for bands or the odd verse here and there. I actually didn’t know I could write full songs until much later on. I really started off doing TV commercials and small acting parts in TV and Film, whilst recording with a variety of different bands and producers. I then transitioned into modeling and travelled doing different fashion shows like Dubai Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and Paris Motor Show. After losing my Father, I decided to go to Los Angeles. This is where I really started my solo career – writing songs about my life, hoping I could inspire and help others with my lyrics. It’s just grown from there and I’m really grateful for everyone who listens to my music and for my team who have helped me develop as an artist.
How did you come up with your latest project?
My latest project which is actually being released in June, is a song about my late Father. Before he passed away from lung cancer in 2014, he wrote me an unexpected, hurtful letter. He died before he was able to properly read the letter I wrote him back. During lockdown, this is something that resurfaced for me and out came “My Letter to You” – a letter back to my Dad, which I wrote on piano. I filmed the music video traveling across the US from Los Angeles to Florida - where he passed away. I wanted to tell the story about the journey of my letter I wrote him. You’ll have to watch it to find out more!
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Where are you from originally?
I’m originally from London, England but have lived in the US for 6 years.
Where do you live now?
I live in Los Angeles but am currently in Bristol, United Kingdom caring for my Mum who is recovering from a bone marrow transplant.
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
I have a producer on the west coast of the US, the east coast of the US and in the UK, and all the music varies slightly in the way it is made or style. I’ve been classified as ‘Indie- Soul Pop’ and each producer brings out each of those elements in different ways, whilst still staying true to the Jenny JAM brand. I actually come up with most of my ideas on a plane or in the shower, so I guess I could live anywhere!
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
After discovering that I could in fact write a whole song! I had been in an abusive relationship and had lost everything. I was staying in my friend’s attic in Venice Beach, California when I wrote my first full song – “Morning Bottle”. From that moment, I knew I wanted to make more songs and start directing my own music videos. Writing became a release for me.
How do you want to shape your career?
I really want to continue to make relatable songs, inspire people and help those going through difficult circumstances. Most of my songs are about real-life traumas or issues. I eventually want to make a non-profit foundation and help people with struggles I have gone through myself.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
Being a musical artist requires a huge amount of focus, energy and drive. It’s not just about writing and recording the music. If you truly want your music heard as an independent artist, you have to be business minded, which requires a lot of structure, strategy and planning. This often involves tight timelines but you also cannot force the magic, so a certain amount of flow is also required. It’s a challenging balance!
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
I felt that as the song is about a letter back to my late Father, “My Letter to You” seemed fitting.
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
Definitely! I am such a perfectionist, so I have to tell myself to let go, otherwise I would forever be ‘improving’ each song. Luckily, I have an amazing team who also help me with this!
Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?
Absolutely. I write every song from the heart. There are songs I have written for specific projects, where I have had to make the music more commercially viable and less personal, but I always add my own flavor to each song!
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Where do they go to listen NOW?
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
I was headlining a festival in Utah last year and a fan came up to me afterwards and said “thank you so much for your lyrics, they really touched me, I’m going through a very difficult time.” There is nothing like being able to help people through music you’ve written. I think it’s a very powerful tool.
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
Yes, the release of “My Letter to You”, the remix of “Prove Who”, my NFT and I’ve just been booked on a movie filming in London this Summer!
Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
As soon as I get back from the UK, I am going to be doing some shows for sure! I’m just working through dates now but will be back State-side late Summer! Check out my Live page on my website – https://www.iamjennyjam.com/live for updates!
Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you!
The best way is to click onto my Linktree. I have all my links to instagram, YouTube, facebook, website, etc on there. Follow me and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube! ☺
Thank you for this interview!