Jenny Teator – Daughter of the
By Dave Schwartz
Jenny Teator is an emerging artist finding her way through the
music industry via Nashville. Like many new artists, she’s
looking for an opportunity. While waiting for that one lucky
break she’s creating a little magic of her own by writing and
releasing singles. Her latest is “Daughter of the Devil.”
Jenny called into DaBelly and we had a chance to learn about the new
single and her career.
DB: Well let’s get this started. I want to thank you
for calling into DaBelly today and also say congratulations on your
new single – “Daughter of the Devil.”
DB: I wanted to hear all about your new single. What
can you tell me?
JT: I got together with my friend, Drew Dixon. I said
that I really wanted to write a new song with rockin’ vibes, really
gets the crowd going and has a built-in crowd participation part.
And he said – I’ve got this title called “Daughter of the Devil”
that I’ve been sitting on. And I said, that sounds perfect.
I love that. There’s no real deep meaning to the song.
We just kind of went off that title and created a fictional story
about a girl who grew up close to her dad who we painted as the
devil. So the music just kind of tells that storyline about a
girl who grew up learning from her dad who is the bad guy.
There’s a robbery scene and everything. She just kind of turns
out to be this man cleaving, teasing daughter of the devil in
DB: it makes for a very cool video. It’s well put
together and tells the story that you just shared. You’ve got
a couple of other songs out as well. It seems like you’re
taking the approach of releasing singles.
JT: So 2019 is the first year that I’m really on the scene
as a solo artist. Back in January I released my first song,,
“Surrender.” We’re going the single route to progressively
build a fan base, to tell a story, to build my brand and to show
what my vibe is genre wise. We’ve got a lot more to come too.
So we’re slowly building me as an artist and building our fan base
that way instead of releasing an entire album. The goal is to
keep people wanting more so we’re going to release a couple more
singles before releasing an EP. It makes sense to me to do it
DB: The industry to evolving right now to releasing EPs in
favor of albums and singles. Albums can be expensive and it’s
easier to target an audience with a single than an album.
JT: Yes, I mean like, who’s Jenny Teator? If I just
put out an album it probably wouldn’t do well. You would have
to slowly market it. The industry has changed so much that an
artist has to market themselves otherwise no one will know who you
are. It was true before but it’s more true now – especially
today with new technologies and the algorithms. As an artist
you have to put a marketing budget aside. If I just post
something or release a song, nobody is going to find it on their
timelines or discover it weekly unless it’s already getting some
traction and finding new fans that way.
DB: You’re right. There’s so much new material being
released. I mean the good news is that it’s not as difficult
these days to create and release an album. The bad news is
because it’s easier, everyone is doing it. It is easy for an
artist to get lost today. You choose to go to Nashville to
work on your musical career. Talk a little bit about choosing
Nashville over Los Angeles or New York.
JT: I fell in love with Nashville when I went there for my
21st birthday. I told myself that I would one day live in
Nashville and pursue music. It just felt like home to me.
I mean, its Music City so it really depends upon what direction
you’re going. If I were a producer, a lot of producers go to
L.A. There’s a huge pop scene in L.A. But I was looking
to get better as a songwriter. Music City, Nashville is
saturated with so many talented songwriters. I wanted to grow
as a songwriter myself so one of the first things I did was learn
more about songwriting. Everyone here is so amazing and
willing to collaborate. It’s like a huge community.
People aren’t competitive. I just had a very warm welcome
while I was there. People are so nice and the food is
incredible. It just really felt more like home to me than a
really busy and expensive city like L.A. Don’t get me wrong, I
loved L.A. too but it just felt right to be in Nashville. For
what I was going for and wanting to grow as a songwriter, for me
Nashville was the scene to do it.
DB: That make perfect sense. What are you doing on
the performance side? What are you doing to get out and sing
JT: I do a lot of Writers Rounds in Nashville. I have
various shows around Nashville as well. I’ve been at some very
cool venues here in town like the Distillery and the Basement but
mainly I’m touring and I’ve been doing a lot of house concerts on
the side and that has been amazing. I’ve been touring with two
of my best friends who are also artists in town, Sheridan Gates, who
is a country artist and then Meg Williams who is a blues artist.
Meg plays with me a lot and we all know each other’s songs so we’re
taking Nashville Writers Round on the road and doing these intimate
house concerts. We reached out through family and friends to
see who would be interested and we’ve built this incredible network
of people and now it’s snowballing. The exposure has been
great because you can totally listen to the story behind the song
and you’re connecting to someone who is five feet in front of you.
It’s something that every songwriter lives for – to be heard and you
want your songs to be heard. We’ve done a lot of this over the
past year. We’ve traveled everywhere and that’s been keeping
me busy while I’m building my own solo career releasing songs and
playing some band shows. It’s been really cool to build a fan
base that was too.
DB: I noticed that you have a couple shows scheduled in
Southern California January during NAMM (National Association of
Music Merchants Convention).
JT: I’m really excited about NAMM. The show is on
January 15th. I’ve been to NAMM twice before and, as an
artist, you can apply to play there. I think Meg was the one
who told me about it. So I applied but didn’t think anything
of it. I was surprised that I was selected because thousands
of bands apply each year. It’s an industry convention and
really good exposure. I’ve got a 40 minute set on the 15th in
the Hilton which is right at the convention center. And just
going to the convention itself will be amazing. I am endorsed
by Teton Guitars. They are doing a showcase the next night on
the 16th and Sheridan is going to be there as well. We are
going to share a set and play for about an hour. And then we
have a house concert on the 18th. It’s going to be a full week
and I’m really excited.
DB: What an excellent opportunity for you to play NAMM.
As you know, EVERYBODY is there. You’ll be playing in front of
some very important people and this should open some doors for you.
JT: I know. I hope so! It’s going to be really
fun and I’m excited to show everyone.
DB: So what else do you have planned for 2020? Will
you be doing anymore recording and touring?
JT: I just recorded my next single. It’s called,
“Rise Up.” I expect that will be released in March. And
I think we’re going to do one more single after that one. And
then, obviously record the last song. And then we’ll have a
7-song EP that I hope will be released in the fall. I’m really
excited about “Rise Up.” We’re trying to setup a tour
opportunity. That’s another big goal – to hop onto a national
tour as the opener and get some good exposure that way. We’ve
been searching for the right opportunity and hopefully that will be
a right move for me next year.
Make sure you checkout this rising artist. Jenny Teator is
on the climb and a person you will more of in the coming year.
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