Murrysville's Jenkins starts recording EP
Hannah Jenkins didn't expect to be a recording artist by her sophomore year of college, and she was even more surprised to discover that she'd be able to make her first professional recording in Pittsburgh and hold her CD release party right on campus.
The Murrysville resident and Point Park University student won a singer-songwriter contest organized by Pioneer Records — the university's newly opened recording studio located at Red Caiman Media in downtown Pittsburgh — and will begin recording an EP this month.
Jenkins, 19, who plays acoustic guitar and writes all her own songs, spoke with Murrysville Star reporter Patrick Varine recently about her surprising jump into the recording booth:
Q: What first got you interested in singing, and then doing it on a regular basis?
A: Watching “American Idol” at such a young age and seeing the way an artist could move people through song was so inspiring.
Q: How many original tunes do you have right now, and what topics do they discuss?
A: I have about six completely finished original songs, and they are primarily about love and boys; I'm a 19-year-old girl — what do you expect?
Q: What is your process for writing a new song?
A: Most of the time when I am writing, the ideas just sort of come to me. It's sort of hard to explain, but I can draw inspiration from something I hear on TV or something that is happening to a friend or myself. Once I sit down with my guitar and focus, the lyrics just come pouring out.
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years in terms of music?
A: I would love to possibly be working at a record label or venue. Being a singer is the ultimate goal, but I always say if it comes down to it and I'm not the one singing, I still want to be around the music.
Q: When do you start recording your EP?
A: We are going to hopefully get started recording the EP this month. We are unsure of how long the process is going to take to be complete, but we are aiming for April 2015 at the latest.
Patrick Varine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.