Jennifer Alvarado is a singer/songwriter from Vale, North Carolina. Her first EP project titled ''Playing with Fire'' was released in April 2021. She is currently working on a country pop album titled “Songbird” that will be released in Summer 2022. “Songbird” is a two part collection of songs that shows Jennifer’s growth as a writer and is sonically much different than her earlier projects. Her second single from the “Songbird” project, titled ‘’Rock This Way," will be released in June 2022. Her music has a country sensibility with a pop current running through it. Her voice is smooth and passionate with a sweetness and power that merge seamlessly into satisfaction for the listener. Her sound is a mixture of country, pop and blues that reflect an eclectic blend of influences. She has been recognized locally for her songwriting and was named ''One to Watch'' by Nashville Songwriters Association in Spring 2021. Her songs “IDWYB” and “Filthy Water” were Top 10 Finalists for “Best Pop Song” and “Best Modern Country Song” for the Spring and Summer 2021 World Songwriting Awards. She was just recently named the “2021 Country Artist of the Year” by Indie Star Radio. Her song “Curious” was a Finalist for "Best Pop Song" for the Winter 2022 World Songwriting Awards and won "Best Pop Song" for the Indie Songwriting Awards in Winter 2022. She is currently nominated for five International Singer Songwriter Association Awards, including “Female Vocalist of the Year”, a Josie Award for Female Music Video of the Year for “Filthy Water”, and a Carolina Music Award for Country Female Vocalist of the Year.
Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and has made a huge impact on your artistry.
A few years ago we ended a Christmas concert with a song I had written. It allowed for the whole band to have solos and for seven or eight minutes of time, all the musicians seemed to be in complete sync and fully enjoying what they were doing. I had a sense of freedom that I had not allowed myself to have for many years because my perfectionist tendencies had taken over. But in that moment, I remembered the joy of singing and performing and being part of the music. As a musician or artist, it’s easy to let the world affect your craft if you aren’t careful. You have to remember the joy of why you do what you do. If you lose the joy, you lose the passion. How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist?
I surround myself with truth tellers. As a musician, the egotistical part of me sometimes wants to find people that sing my praises. However, you don’t grow by being told you are always right. I find mentors and people that challenge and help me strive to be better - as a musician, as a singer, as a writer, as a human being. Who did you learn from to instill those values?
I spent most of my time with my grandparents growing up. My Nanny grew up during the Great Depression and her work ethic directly affected how I view things. You are not guaranteed anything in this life and you should never expect to be handed something. Beyond that, she showed me the importance of integrity. If you promise something, then do it. Always under promise and over deliver, because the greatest frustration in any relationship is unmet expectations. She also helped mold my faith. The last gift she gave me before she passed away was her Bible. It is one of my most prized possessions. Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well being and not only your art?
My husband looks after me. He makes me rest. He also reminds me when I refuse to rest at various times that I have gotten sick because I wouldn’t stop. I am a doer. If I set my mind to something, I will die trying to accomplish it, so again, I have people in my life that watch out for me. Was there a turning point of how you decided to put yourself first?
I went to a showcase in May 2021 and had a long talk with God over that weekend. My faith is the most important element to my life. It has always been difficult for me to pursue what makes me happy, because I have this fear of being selfish and not doing something that honors God. I realized over that weekend that by not taking care of myself and never pursuing the desires He has given me, I am not honoring Him. If anything I am being disobedient and allowing fear to dictate my life. How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle?
I try to talk to others about the importance of making sure not just your physical, but also mental and spiritual health is being looked after. That is one reason I started my blog, In the Waiting, a couple years back. I was going through a transitional period in my life where I had more questions than answers. The blog started as my journey, but I wanted it to be encouraging for the reader as well. In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other?
The blog has actually become a community on my website and it has an IG page as well. I try to be as available as I can be for anyone that may need to chat or just has a prayer request. I also do a live each month on Tambr that allows fans who sign up for the app (there is a free option) to attend. They can ask questions and send in requests for songs. My goal with not just my music, but my platform in general is to be a friend to those that feel alone. Who checks in on YOU when you need it most?
God has blessed me with a great group of friends. They keep me sane. They allow me to vent. Beyond that, my husband is my rock. He is a counselor by profession…so he knows how to listen really well :) Changing habits can be hard. Which was the habit that you had to change and how it's changed your life now?
I have had anxiety since I was really young. Music was my escape from that until I was around 11. Then I started suffering from severe performance anxiety because my perfectionism took over. I was so afraid of making a mistake that I froze. I still have perfectionist tendencies; however, taking captive my thoughts and realizing the impact of the words I was speaking over myself was the game changer. You are your greatest influencer. How you speak to yourself, be it positive or negative, has an effect. I also sought counseling. For so long, I was afraid to talk to someone because I thought it meant I was weak, but that isn’t true. We all need another perspective at times and that’s what counseling can do for you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Is there a song, book, movie, show or anything that always gives you the motivation you need?
Yes! Alicia Britt Chole’s book “Anonymous.” When I was going through my “desert” period a few years ago, I clung to this book. The book looks at the “anonymous” years of Jesus’ life in order to help you learn to recognize the riches in the uncelebrated seasons of your own life. You can use the seasons of being unseen and unappreciated as opportunities to develop an unshakable identity and to find rest in God's timing.
What is the mantra of 2022?!
Joshua 1:9 - Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Give all the inside scoop of your latest project!
I just got back the last song for Part One of my album “Songbird.” I have decided to release the album in two parts - Part 1: Questions and Part 2: Answers. The idea behind the project is basically looking at the impact of a narcissistically abusive relationship from start to finish. It starts out good, goes to bad, leaves you questioning everything about yourself and what is real, and then you are left to find yourself again. This album has been my way of healing from past trauma. We want to thank you for joining us here and are so excited about what we see from you next! Leave us with your socials!! Thank you for having me! Here are my links: Direct Me Page - https://direct.me/jenniferalvarado Official Website - www.jenniferalvarado.com Spotify Artist Profile - https://open.spotify.com/artist/0bM0RX6zTNn5MuKdpb92xU?si=d7Xr7cSlTkqcXXivm_9sIw&dl_branch=1 Instagram - @jenniferalvaradomusic Tiktok - @jenniferalvaradomusic Facebook Music Page - www.facebook.com/jemmusic12 Youtube - youtube.com/jemmusic12 Reverbnation - https://www.reverbnation.com/jenniferalvarado Twitter - @guitardiva12
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