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Lauren Jenkins Finds Her Independence With “Ain’t That Hard”

May 9, 2020


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Nashville, TN (May 8, 2020) – After a whirlwind 2019 that saw her named a New York Times Artist to Watch ahead of the release of her critically-acclaimed solo album NO SAINT, worldwide tour dates including a sold-out debut headlining show in London, and the premiere of her original short film Running Out of Road – which played at Sundance, SXSW, and in competition at the Roswell Film Festival – singer-songwriter Lauren Jenkins returns with “Ain’t That Hard,” the first song from a forthcoming series of EPs (tentatively titled MILES ON ME) and the launch of her career as a fully-independent artist. Listen here:

Co-written by Jenkins alongside Phillip Lammonds and Billy Montana, the string-laden, deftly melodic track was recorded at the home studio of LJ’s longtime collaborators and producing partners Gideon and Gabriel Klein, a.k.a. Shuffle Brother Music. “Luckily, we were able to record this before the pandemic hit,” says Jenkins. “Releasing my first independent track makes my heart feel stronger than it has in a while. I guess the dream is to be more careful with how we treat our hearts and the hearts we hold. ‘Cause in my experience, it ain’t that hard to break a heart.”

After parting ways with her former label in the wake of the Nashville tornado and at the outset of the global pandemic, Jenkins says “Ain’t That Hard” was a natural choice as her first indie release. “No matter where you go, everyone has a similar story,” she explains. “The details may be different, but at the end of the day we all go through the same highs and lows. Chasing dreams and trying to get by, love and heartbreak – they’re all wrapped up into being human. Right now, as the world lives in quarantine, we can see that we are all experiencing similar emotions – from Texas to Germany and across the globe.” She recently shared the details of her journey to independence with Rolling Stone’s Marissa Moss – read the emotional story here:

LJ is currently on tour nowhere but her own living room, and is regularly live-streaming to stay connected with friends and fans. She’ll be celebrating release day at 4pm CT (May 8) with a pay-what-you-can show on her StageIt channel ( and taking over Billboard’s Instagram tomorrow (May 9) before wrapping up the weekend with a celebratory Facebook/Instagram Live performance of new songs and old favorites at 1pm CT Sunday (May 10) ( For more information, visit