Indie Artist Spotlight: Jenny Scott

Jenny Scott has an extremely loud laugh; the kind of laugh that makes you want to laugh with her even if you didn’t hear the punchline.

Although Scott’s boisterous laugh is endearing, it isn’t only not the only thing that makes you notice the Cologne, Germany-based singer/songwriter.

Her beautiful voice is what really makes her stand out in a crowd. Whereas Scott’s laugh expresses joy and happiness, her voice conveys the deep yearnings for love and acceptance that we all feel.

“Almost every song I sing is 100% personal and grew out of something I experienced,” said Scott. “When I sing, I take my chance to let anything that needs to, pour out of me.”

Her first EP, A Three Song Collection, allowed her to pour out her heart and soul with sophisticated, acoustic ballads including the achingly lovely song, “A Wrong Breath.”

Scott’s current EP Things Called Love includes four self-written tracks that show her development as a songwriter, guitarist, and singer.

Mocha Man Style: What have you learned since releasing your first EP?

Jenny Scott: First and foremost I learned a lot about myself as a musician and person. My writing skills have improved and I am now able to think more about the arrangements of my songs. I also changed my view of playing the guitar. When I started, I only wanted to learn how to play the guitar well enough to be able to write good songs. Today I care a lot more about improving my guitar skills. Listening to artists such as Joe Pass and Wes Montgomery has made me want to do the instrument justice.

MMS: Tell us about your latest EP.

Scott: The Things Called Love EP was recorded in late 2011, early 2012. My good friend and percussionist Marcel Dechène motivated me to get it done. He kept telling me that it was time to record some new material. He had a vision, recruited musicians, and planned the whole recording process for me, which I was and still am grateful for. Back then, I had never worked with other musicians before and I was feeling intimidated by the thought of it. I eventually put those fears aside and worked with that great group of musicians to record this EP. During the process, I put a lot of pressure on myself to make it perfect. It took me about a year after the recording was complete to finally let go and be proud of what we created.

MMS: I love your song, “Falling in Love Ain’t Free.” Tell me the story behind that song.

Scott: When “Falling In Love Ain’t Free” found its way to me, I was spending my night alone in my apartment watching “Wicker Park.” During one scene I actually started crying, remembering that pain, despair, and sadness everybody must have felt at least once in their lives when love just ain’t enough and seems to only bring you pain. The words, “Falling in love ain’t free,” immediately came across my mind. I muted the TV, grabbed my guitar, jammed around while still watching the screen until the first lines were born. It was a very emotional night.

MMS: Which current musicians do you like and why?

Scott: I like John Mayer for his songwriting. He is a great storyteller and I enjoy his fresh lyrics and lovely melodies. And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Patti Smith for so many reasons I can hardly explain. Then there is this German band called PRAG I enjoy listening to. They write in German and writing good lyrics in German isn’t easy because you quickly start to sound cheesy. But they do it pretty well and their songs go deep and have meaning.

MMS: Do you find much difference between American artists and German artists?

Scott: Not really. In the end, they all make music. Some do it for the money and fame; some do it for the sake of making music and creating something. Some have success and make millions of money; others hardly make a living at all. I don’t think that you can really differ.

MMS: Do you have any plans to tour the US?

Scott: Touring outside of Germany, unfortunately, seems pretty far away at the moment, but who knows what the future holds. I’d definitely love to!

MMS: What are your musical aspirations?

Scott: Keep working hard, keep having fun, keep doing what I love, keep being real and everything else will evolve from that.

Download Jenny Scott’s EP Things Called Love for free on NoiseTrade.

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