Hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado, and based in Nashville, Tennessee, Jennifer Lauren has dialed-in her R&B and Soul amalgamating stratagems to liberate audiences with her eloquent productions and inner-directed storylines.
In her debut single, "I Like Your Jeans," Jennifer Lauren takes the turbulent experiences of her past connections and the societal pressure surrounding them to produce a gyrating venture; exposing the tantalizing nature behind her infectiously groovy music. Opening with a savory bassline and a clean accentuated electric guitar, "I Like Your Jeans" settles-in with a mid-tempo strut, corralled by the thump of earthy drums, and chaperoned into scintillating sonic-depths by Jennifer Lauren's impassioned warbles.
"I like your jeans, I like the way you walk in them, I like to know who you are," she buzzes with an infectious buoyancy as if she's borrowing from the playbooks of songstress legends like Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone while adding in her own trade-mark flare for some added flavoring.
As her encouraging band simmers and develops more of the infatuating groove, Jennifer Lauren's voice bends and waves with booming confidence as her vibrations soar into the atmosphere; it's a welcomed feature and something she's admitted struggling with in the past.
When asked about the essence behind "I Like Your Jeans," Jennifer says, "it grew into a bigger conversation about whether or not women should make the first move when they meet a man that they're attracted to," and throughout the erupting hooks, and stewing verses, it's clear that the budding soulstress has found her confidence in breaking those societal normalcies.
Throughout her debut's playthrough, she takes command over listeners' attention and infuses every rumble and wail of her voice with a sense of repletion, affirming that she's gained confidence through her past turbulences. Though the narrative in "I Like Your Jeans" might seem minimalistic and simple in nature, the sophist behind her revelation is genuine, and it manifests beautifully in her debut performance.
How did you go about curating the playback of "I Like Your Jeans" in terms of instrumentation and having your message come forward as clear as day?
This song was actually written a couple of years ago and debuted live at the FoCoMX 2018 Music Festival with a different sound. I loved it then, but when I decided to record it, I knew I hadn't found the perfect vibe yet. So, when my long time favorite guitar player, Ben Sailors, and I sat down to produce the recording, I knew we had work to do in terms of creating the feeling that I really needed for the lyrics. I'm a huge fan of Jace Everett, who did the theme song to True Blood, Bad Things. The opening sequence to that show has always captured my imagination. I think it's super sexy. I wanted that bass-heavy, guitar-driven sexiness for my song too. Ben experimented with every guitar he owns, and a few of the basses too, until we heard the blend that evoked the imagery I was looking for. In short, Ben did it.
What were the primary emotions you had to tune into for the expressive vocal performance you've captured on "I Like Your Jeans?"
I wrote this song in a state of absolute longing for someone. It's autobiographical, really. Despite our chemistry and many fulfilling moments together, he declared one day that our relationship could go no further because his friends and family would never let him "live down" being with a "fat girl." I was devastated. So, I suppose this song was written out of the realization that even though he's moved on, as have I, and even though he wasn't the man of character that I believed him to be, the attraction lives on, and there just won't be any resolution for that.
Were there any intended emotions or lessons you wanted your listeners to acknowledge after "I Like Your Jeans"? Why did you feel this was important for audiences to understand?
I hope that the listener will catch the lyrics enough to follow the story and think to themselves, what does that mean? What does it mean that he's with someone else now despite her not being his "true preference"... what is his true preference? Why can't he live that truth? Why can't any of us? I think it's important to examine society constantly and challenge the boundaries and limits that we are presented with. Like, in terms of relationships - if you like bigger bodies, then like them out loud. If you're gay, then be gay out loud. If you prefer only people shorter than you, then by all means let's do that - out loud. Whatever it is, let your "freak" flag fly. We're all freaks and if everyone could just be a tad more honest then maybe we wouldn't be calling people freaks in the first place.
Do you feel like the production process behind "I Like Your Jeans" has helped you develop as an artist?
I do feel that the production process for this song has informed my artistry moving forward. I learned a lot of technical info that I never needed as a live performer and there are things I would have done differently... now that I know how songs sound on various platforms. I have a vocabulary now that I didn't have before. I can ask for particulars I didn't know about this first time around. I have high hopes for my second single.
If you could prefix your intentions behind your upcoming musical catalog, what would you say, and why?
I intend to continue creating music that tells common human stories in a way that challenges society's lamest standards and encourages people to be true to themselves. I want listeners to feel heard, understood, and empowered to live their lives to the absolute fullest.