Jen Ash – No Lover Lover [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Old School : I’m trying to bring the 90’s R&B back , I miss this time .
Soulful : I’ve been gifted with this soulful voice and I am so grateful for it
Real : My music comes from true experiences and true stories and I want to make sure people feel it . I want to tell them that they are not alone and I’m here to share with them the good and the bad life put us through .

Tell us a few things about No Lover Lover. What is the main idea behind it?

No Lover Lover , is about recovering after a toxic relationship , and realizing that being on our own can be a good thing. It give us room to explore ourselves without being distracted by an other person . Toxic relationships are experienced by so many of us , It take us on a Rocky road that is not meant for us and we forget who we are because of Love . But when we get out of it , It feels like a weight have been lifted and we are finally free to be ourselves and follow our purpose.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

So many of my songs are very personal , it comes from my own experience , starting with “All Alone” “I’m Dreaming of You” , “Ride Or Die” , “I Stand Without You” , “Hollywood” , “No lover lover” … I try to be as transparent as possible because I want people to relate to it . And each line of each song is a feeling or a moment I have experienced .
I would say the most personal song would be I stand without you . It was hard to write , I realized in the writing process that I was emotionally miserable , and I was ashamed of it .Putting it into a song made me so vulnerable it was difficult .
The beginning of the song start with : “You left me , here empty , crying down on my knees … ” I still remember this heartbreaking moment .

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

I’m really inspired by Jennifer Lopez , she has turned herself into a Brand ,. She is in charge of her career. multitasking music , acting , producing , creating her products … She is an icon and every woman , artistically should look at her path and learn form it . She created an empire and I would love for my career to get to that point as well .
In term of music , Amy Winehouse and Christian Aguilera are my top 2 . I enjoy their Unique and Powerful voices . There is so much soul in their sounds .

You are a former pro basketball player. Do basketball and the music industry have anything in common?

They have . I wouldn’t be the same artist if I didn’t play basketball . Sport teach you self-discipline , hard-work and perseverance . You learn how to work with others and make a group of people go in the same direction . It helped me take criticism as an opportunity to learn and become better . The music industry is not easy and an artist needs all the qualities I’ve learned while I played basketball . It made me mentally strong and I am forever grateful for that .

Favorite film ever?

Ok I am a Big Disney Fan their animated movies are absolutely stunning and I really enjoy the Music. I would Love to work with them and sing for one of their production in the future. it’s so hard to pick only one !!!
My favorites are Hercules , Pocahontas, Mulan and Aladdin. Just saw Aladdin’s Broadway Show in NYC . The Cast was fabulous . The costume were absolutely wonderful. It was a magical time for me . Loved it from beginning to end .

What is the most useless talent you have?

I would say the ability to touch my nose with my tong but I can’t even do that . Talent is definitely not useless , in my opinion Every talent is worth exploring.

Thank you!

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