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About Jennalyn Ponraj
The Seattle songstress began pursuing her dream in 2014 at 14 years old, when her self released single "Waiting" dropped on iTunes. Two years later and after a successful Kickstarter project, she dropped the studio EP, "Dayton." This featured the single "Violet Eyes" which gained Ponraj a small following. She has plans for new music in late May. - Nicole Davis (on www.jennalynmusic.com)
"At 14 years old and with an unusual voice and unique songwriting, Jennalyn Ponraj, brings the piano to the front in a soulful sound with influences in genres spanning from Zella Day to Adele. Based in Seattle Washington, "Ponraj" brings a beautifully raw beat uncommon for her age." -RN
How would you characterize your musical style?
I'd characterize my music style as the newer alternative. Think Halsey or The 1975. My song "My Life" on my EP Dayton, could be considered electronic...it's reminiscent of Imogen Heap. Songwriting is a huge part of my music, I really believe in the words of a song.
What do you think is the difference between good music and great music?
I think it's honestly just a matter of preference and opinion. I love supporting artists that aren't generic, that truly live out their art form, but then again, that's not really "sound" more like style. When I look for a "great song" I'm looking for something I resonate with. It speaks to my soul when "I'm there" or "I was there."
Would you recommend another young artist?
Zella Day! I'm so happy that she's gaining the popularity she deserves. I've been following her since her first single and love her as a musical influence.
What are the biggest challenges of being a young musician?
The biggest challenge of being a young musician especially an Independent artist is that when you're young people don't think you understand anything. Producers, songwriters, other singers are all trying to squish your voice out and that's really hard. One thing I'd say is to just make sure you don't compromise your standards. One day you're going to "grow up" and then you can show them that your work paid off.
I also think one of the hardest parts about being young in this industry is finding people to learn from. There's definitely a balance...it's amazing when you find people to collaborate with who help you grow. If success comes my way in the future, that's definitely something I'd like to support more: helping young artists develop their skills.
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