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Catching up with Jessica Lynn: ‘Shame’ single

Singer-songwriter Jessica Lynn chatted about her new country single “Shame.”

Jessica Lynn
Jessica Lynn. Photo Credit: Scott Vincent
Jessica Lynn. Photo Credit: Scott Vincent

Singer-songwriter Jessica Lynn chatted about her new country single “Shame.”

Idea for the single

On the idea to write “Shame,” she said, “I had a co-writing session booked with the awesome Rachel Walker Mason in the UK and as soon as we sat down together, she had the initial idea for the song.”

“It immediately resonated with me and we wrote it so incredibly quickly, with us both being really excited about it,” she noted.

“I actually held on to it for almost a year because I was nervous to release it being that it was so different from my usual sound but I am glad I took the leap,” she added.

Music and songwriting inspirations

On her music and songwriting inspirations, she revealed, “I am inspired by life.”

“For me, all of my songs are real-life stories,” she said. “I think, that’s what makes me feel really connected to them when performing on stage, which in turn can make the audience feel connected to my performance.” 

“I try to be as honest and open as I can and it feels at times almost like I’m opening up my diary for the world to read. I feel very inspired by the world around me and not just by the experiences of my life, but by the experiences of the people around me,” she said.

Future plans

Regarding her future plans, she shared, “I am currently in the studio working on a lot of music for this year which I am really passionate about and we will have a busy year on the road again!” 

“We have tour dates falling in place from June to December and I really can’t wait.  Being on tour is where I feel most at home and comfortable,” she said.

The digital age

On being an artist in the digital age, she said, “Technology is really amazing and I think it has done so much good for artists and creatives.” 

“Incredibly talented kids with no means to break in to the industry now only need a phone or a computer to be able to share their art with the world and I think that’s such a special thing,” she acknowledged.

“Social media and the Internet gives everyone a chance at their dreams,” she admitted. “Streaming and tech also make it possible for people anywhere in the world to discover art and music which is wonderful.” 

“There is always a flip side however and there is definitely an ugly side to social media and technology and we must take everything with a grain of salt,” she added.

Favorite mottos to live by

On her favorite mottos to live by, she disclosed, “My favorite mottos are ‘Never be offended by someone you wouldn’t seek advice from’ and ‘Live every day like it’s your last’.”

“It is so important to slow down sometimes and recognize what’s truly important before it’s too late,” she added.

Advice for young and aspiring artists

For young and aspiring artists, she said, “It sounds very cliché, but always be you and never stop following your dreams.” 

“Chasing after your goals and accomplishing big things is very difficult. If it was easy, everyone would do it. You have to always have the strength and courage to believe in yourself, pick yourself up off the ground and keep going. It will be so worth it in the end,” she said.

Dream duets

She listed Richard Marx, Shania Twain, and Neil Diamond as her dream duet choices in music. “Their music has meant a lot to me over the years and it really inspired me to write and create when I was young,” she explained.

Success

On her definition of success, she said, “To me, success means getting a few steps ahead of where I was the day before, whether it is personally, professionally, financially – in any capacity really.”

“As long as I am a better version of myself every day, I am successful,” she said. “I think people put such blinders on in life – ‘I need to have a successful job by 25. I need to be married with kids by 28’.”

“When we are so hard focused on such a specific version of what ‘success’ or ‘happiness’ is, we may miss something so much more beautiful sitting right in front of us.” she added.

Closing thoughts on ‘Shame’

For listeners and fans, she remarked, “I hope listeners will take away that it’s okay to step out of your comfort zone and try something new and different.”

“Shame” is available on digital service providers by clicking here.

To learn more about Jessica Lynn, follow her on Instagram.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 20,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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