Our Exclusive Chat With Jennifer Denali

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Rising R&B star, Jennifer Denali got to chatting with us on her sophomore single “Try”.

What is the story behind your latest single “Try”?
“Try” is a story of self-acceptance and what it looks like to accept who you are no matter your past experiences. The music video shows the process of self-acceptance through an inner child retrieval method and I play the role of my spirit guides who connect me to my purest self.

What was the songwriting process like?
The process for this record was amazing. It was a healing experience in real-time. My producer and I were just waiting for the inspiration to come. He was pulling music out of thin air and I started to see the story come alive in my mind.

What was your first musical memory?
Dancing in diapers with my mom and singing Madonna’s “Lucky Star.”

How would you best describe your sound?
To me, my sound is timeless. There’s a hint of throwback because it’s also a personal reflection of my own influences. I intend to grow with each record because I have a lot of music and styles in me that I want to explore.

What are some albums that really shaped you as an artist?
The Immaculate Collection, Mariah #1’s, The Doors, Continuum, Back to Black, Miseducation and Hotel California

Who are your dream collaborators?
Right now, I’m focused on building a strong musical identity but in the future, I would say Kehlani and Salaam Remi. I also love Rosalía.

Is there a possibility to perform your new music live?
Yes, I’m always performing new music live to my fans even before it’s been released. I always want to share new directions or ideas. I also strive to have amazing video concepts around my songs, so, it takes time. We just wrapped up a mini east coast summer tour and we will be heading out to LA or Chicago soon since a lot of my listeners are there!

What do you hope listeners take away from your music?
I hope they feel a connection to me and to life; to feel okay about the ups and downs and to know that we are in this together.