An Interview With Jackie Therrien
Updated: Sep 29, 2022
A new release from Jackie Therrien bring out a gorgeous and lush sound with songs that feel warming and welcoming as she tells stories of her life and emotions run high, melodies let you get washed away, and sentiments paint vivid pictures and cause memories to pop into your head at random as she touches on memories of her own.
The Night Music album is absolutely swelling with moving vocal harmonies and hooks that come naturally and a voice that becomes incredibly infectious.
The stories are relatable, and she really has a way of leaving boundaries behind with her music and a shade of bravery that many don't have.
Her tone and passion is engaging and impactful and the songs are so cinematic, and the artist holds little back in telling her experiences and describing how she felt.
The record is like sitting and talking with a friend about things that are nearly impossible to explain. But for Jackie it seems like expressing them through words becomes elegant and graceful.
There is a charm to the fact that these songs are performed with such a freeing feeling.
The things she sings about and the way she sings about them is inspiring. Just the way she does it the way you feel it in your soul.
These songs are brave and possibly the only real way for her to get them out of her system. Like therapy. Maybe for Jackie Therrien, songs are therapy.
They are cathartic for her. Hell, they are cathartic to listen to.
This was one of the most perfectly written records done with such a stripped-down sense and still with such heavy impact.
With such a wonderful release, we wanted to have a talk with the artist tofind out more about the record.
With such a wonderful release, we wanted to have a talk with the artist to find out more about the record.
Let's kick things off with the Night Music. This record has quite an honest approach to it. Where did this album come from?
Almost all of my music is written in the middle of the night. I find myself coming up with my best ideas just before I fall asleep. I think it’s because right before we fall asleep, we tend to think about all the most important things to us at that time; good or bad. It could be about the people and things you love or maybe about the things that have been bothering you.
These 7 songs were all written in the peacefulness of warm summer and fall nights, when I had too much on my mind. They all almost feel like lullabies, in a way; they’re soft, quiet, and sweet, and the helped me to fall sleep. They’re where I dumped my mind when it was 11:30pm and I couldn’t stop staring at the clock.
Buzz Slayers: So when did music start affecting you? When did you know making music was something you wanted to be doing?
Music has affected me my entire life, but I didn’t know it was something I wanted to be doing full time until I played and sang one of my original songs for a crowd for the first time. I started writing music when I was 12, but I had been too scared up until that point to share it. I was 14 years old, and it was the 8th grade talent show, and that one performance made me realize that all I wanted to do was share my music.
Buzz Slayers: What inspires you to write a song?
Mainly my own life, but also the world around me. Movies, books, and of course other music are some other big inspirations!
Buzz Slayers: This record has some great styles! Can you give us some of your top musical influences?
Thank you! Some of my musical influences are Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac, Maisie Peters, Birdy, John Mayer, The Beach Boys, ABBA…the list goes on!
Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
I’m currently a freshman songwriting major at Belmont University in Nashville, TN! Which is so cool because now, my entire life has become focused on music. But the rare times I’m not working on music, I’m going to concerts and hanging out with my friends. When I’m back at home in New Hampshire, I’m spend time hanging out with family, watercolor painting, and skiing in the winter!
Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Fleet Foxes lately. I was lucky enough to see them live in Boston in August and they were incredible, one of the coolest concerts I’ve ever been to!
Buzz Slayers: Are you doing any live performances right now?
Yes! I’ve been so so lucky to get so many opportunities here in Nashville, even though I’ve only been here for a month! I’ve been playing lots of writer’s rounds on and off Broadway. I also just got to play the Bluebird Café, which was a literal dream come true. It’s been my dream venue ever since I started writing music!
Buzz Slayers: This album feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming artists out there?
You probably hear it a lot, but just be yourself. You will find the most success if you make the music that you naturally make rather than making music that you think other people want to hear.
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
New music is coming, and I’m so excited for you to hear it. I’m going to be working on it with some pretty cool people, and hopefully I’ll be able to give you something by the beginning of 2023!
Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Thank you so much for listening to and caring about my music. Never in my wildest dreams did I think people would care for the music I was making, so it means the world that there are people out there who enjoy it.