LAUREN JENKINS RELEASES HER FIRST NEW MUSIC OF 2021
April 9, 2021
Acclaimed Indie Singer-Songwriter Launches Series Of Self-Produced EPs; First Track “Like You Found Me” Available Now On All Digital Platforms
While the entire music industry suffered in 2020, few had it quite as rough as Lauren Jenkins. The acclaimed singer-songwriter, whose 2019 debut album No Saint won her raves from the New York Times, Billboard, Rolling Stone and many more, began the year on a high note, opening for Brett Eldredge in sold-out venues across the U.K. and Europe… but when she got home, everything fell apart.
Two days after the tornado that devastated Nashville, her record label, Big Machine, called to say they were dropping her from her contract. As the pandemic began sweeping across the globe, her U.S. tour dates and international festival appearances started being postponed or cancelled entirely. It seemed like the end of the road.
But the native Texan – who started working when she was 15 years old – had no intention of quitting. She’d released her first independent track, “Ain’t That Hard,” shortly after being released from BMLG, and was making money from her recorded music for the first time in her career. Since lockdown, she’d been paying her rent by live-streaming and shipping out merch bundles from her living room; now, not only were her fans showing up to support her, but her audience was growing, and merch requests were coming in from around the world. Their generosity enabled her to keep going.
Jenkins went into the studio of her longtime collaborators Shuffle Brother Music (Gideon and Gabriel Klein) with members of her touring band (Ellen Angelico, Megan Jane) and began cutting songs without the constriction of a genre or a label’s expectations. Her plan is to release her sophomore album, tentatively titled Miles On Me, as a series of EPs throughout the year before compiling the songs into a comprehensive vinyl pressing. “Like You Found Me,” available now, was co-written with Blake Chaffin and co-produced by Jenkins herself, and its message of independence couldn’t be more fitting for the moment. “I wrote it after the line ‘I’m finally fine on my own’ rang true for me,” Jenkins explains.
“The last 13 months have been a rollercoaster filled with difficult blows, lots of heartache, and some beautiful moments, too,” she continues. “Everyone who has supported me throughout this year, whether you joined me in my living room for a livestream, shared your stories and made lockdown seem less lonely, bought a t-shirt or a vinyl, or sent along what you could to help me pay for studio time – you inspire me, you’ve kept my lights on, and you’re a huge part of the making of this album.”