If anyone was born to do something, it was Jenna Sousa. By age 12, Jenna had won 27 consecutive talent competitions in her local area and amassed a number of impressive accomplishments. She wrote her first song at age five, her first book and movie by age 10, and even won a Disney Dance competition at age 11. Always the over achiever, she did all of this while maintaining a 5.0 GPA.
After posting her first video on YouTube at age 11, she single-handedly caused a global shockwave in the hip-hop community when Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs and Harmony signed her to his label. “I’ve never seen anyone do what she does at her age in the studio,” Krayzie commented. It is no wonder she published her first song with Universal Music Group by the tender age of 12.
Now, at age 18, several industry tastemakers have nicknamed her “the machine” describing how quickly she can write and create quality songs and or melodies to tracks of all genres. Having the vocal power and flexibility to create music of the same quality – or even better – than her idols Beyoncé, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, and Nicki Minaj, she was quickly able to amass several million YouTube views and tens of thousands of subscribers. She quickly caught the attention of Grammy-Award winning producer and legendary vocal coach Kuk Harell, who placed Jenna in his top 5 “Who’s next Internet Search.” After Cher Lloyd showed some love on one of Jenna’s YouTube covers, everything changed and the girl with the biggest voice from the smallest state was no longer a secret!
Major record labels have shown interest in Jenna, but instead of taking the first deal that came her way, she decided to fine-tune her craft start recording her first album. Jenna hit the studio with the likes of Rockwilder, Cirocco Jones and Simon Morel among others, and quickly found her writing stride while simultaneously impressing some of the most difficult tastemakers in the industry. Clear Channel Vice-President Tim Herbster couldn’t get Jenna’s song ‘Not Good Enough’ out of his head to the point where he encouraged Jenna to send him snippets of the song all the way from melody onset to completion. Music Powers author Cirocco Jones commented,” A talent like Jenna comes around once every decade and or once a Jenna-ration! She has the complete package: writing, singing, dancing, and acting.”
Jenna describes her music as Pop/ R&B Urban served up with a touch of Hip-Hop. She writes about love, self-empowerment, and fun. “The main thing I want to do is to inspire others not only through music, but personally. I want the message of my songs to be able to connect to people and have it help them through the hard times, just as it does for me. I want people to be able to listen to the lyrics and get chills because it connects to their life in some way.” This is Jenna’s dream.
Her current Vocal Coach Nick Cooper was so impressed by her vocal prowess that he penned her in for his upcoming Future Mega star TV special. Because Jenna is able to connect her voice with a stunning performance piece, she is able to deliver a mesmerizing performance. Headlining ‘Reality Dance Summer Jam’ recently in Philadelphia and New York, Jenna flawlessly recreated the Beyoncé Half-time Super Bowl show and received the best review for her self-choreographed performance. Already earning the recognition of being on the National Hip-Hop dance team, Jenna opened up for X Factor’s David Correy as well as YouTube personality Christian Beadles.
Most recently, Jenna was featured on EDM superstar Bassnectar’s song ‘Future,’ which she both wrote and sang on. Today, Jenna is on thousands of websites. She has over 21,800 subscribers with over 3,700,000 channel views on YouTube and climbing every hour. Quite frankly, this is the beginning of a remarkable journey. With the combination of Jenna’s powerful voice, writing ability, acting and modeling prowess, this rising star truly has the complete package and it is all earmarked for the building of a new and much needed JENNA-ration of meaningful and lasting entertainment brands.
What do you like most about singing?
Music really is a universal language. I think it’s so amazing how no matter who we are, how old we are, or where we’re from, we all receive the same message from a song. Music describes my feelings. It is my life-long diary. I can explain my feelings better through a song than by speaking any amount of words. When I’m upset, I write a song about it. When I’m happy, I write a song about it. It takes me to a different world where I can just be myself and express my emotions. When I’m singing, I forget about the world and just focus on the music and what I’m feeling. It’s a feeling that I will never be able to explain.
Why did you decide to pursue being an artist?
There was never a moment in my life where I didn’t want to be an artist. I know it sounds crazy, but since the moment I was born I knew it was what I wanted to do. I would walk around the house singing, dancing, acting… To think that I could share that love of music with other people, and to have them feel the same emotions that I was feeling while writing a song, is beyond me. To connect with people on an emotional basis and to be able to help them through hard times through music is so inspiring thing to me. God has blessed me with so many gifts and opportunities, and I just want to be able to use them in the best possible way I can.
Who are your favorite artists?
Ahhh this is so hard considering my Pandora is like all over the place with music, lol! I respect all artists for their craft as they work so hard for where they are and everyone is so unique… But I would have to say my two favorite artists are Beyonce and Rihanna. Those two woman inspire me beyond words. They are so talented and have remained in the business for so long. They always manage to change it up, and the world will never get bored of them! It’s truly remarkable. I can only hope to be half the artist that they are!
If you were to describe yourself in five words, what would they be?
Outgoing, Artistic, Passionate, Cheerful, Loyal and Real. (Ahhh I know I’m a rebel, I added an extra one. I couldn’t do it, I’m too complicated of a person!:P)
What are the five things you can’t live without?
Hmmm, as far as material things, It would have to be my phone, my laptop, my headphones, earrings and FOOOOD.
What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
To just love who you are, and to be who you are. If you can do that, you are set for life. There are so many pressures in this world with a false idea of perfect. No one is perfect. We are all beautiful in our own way. We don’t need to be a size 0 or be 6 feet tall to be beautiful. The people who really count will love us no matter what we look like, how old we get or where we come from. Love like that is what matters, not the love of vanity. It’s who we are that really counts. Never change yourself to be something that you’re not to fit a certain mold. Be YOUR mold. There’s no one else like you. You are the best you that anyone can be. Beauty from inside is what shines. I also love to live by the fact that things happen for a reason. Never push something to happen a certain way. No matter what, it will always turn out the way it’s suppose to.
If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
As my music is strongly Pop/R&B Urban, I also love to rap. It’s something that I do occasionally in my songs, but I definitely would love to showcase it even more. I’m hoping to release some records that will really showcase that side of me. There’s a hip/hop girl underneath all this! I also love love country music. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll throw on some cowgirl boots and write a Taylor Swift song :)
What hidden talents do you have?
I love to draw! It’s not something that a lot of people know that I do, but I draw really elaborate pictures. I love to do really entailed drawings of people, things like that. I’ve always wanted to create a book of all my drawings to be able to show. I think it would be so cool to showcase something i’ve always had fun doing! I also love acting, and I’ve done a lot of acting work throughout the years. I would love to really explore it.
Do you ever get nervous?
I think it’s normal for everyone to get nervous at times. But to be honest, music is the thing I am most confident in. I’ve been doing it for so long, and I feel more comfortable on stage singing than anywhere else. I get more adrenaline than nervous! It’s just so exciting!
Explain your sound in 5 words:
Edgy, Different, Meaningful, Interesting and Me.
What do you hope to accomplish in 1-5 years?
The main thing I want to do is to inspire others not only through my music, but personally. I want the message of my songs to be able to connect to people and have it help them through the hard times; just as it does for me. I want people to be able to listen to the lyrics and get chills because it connects to their life in some way. THAT’S what music is about. Touching people’s hearts and connecting to them in ways that nothing else can. If I can do that, even to one person, than my dream has come true.
I just want to release all of the things that I’ve been working on and hopefully people enjoy it. I hope someone will be in the car and be like, “MOM TURN IT UP, THAT’S MY JAM”. Just to have the world share in my dream and love of music, is accomplishment enough.
I also want to be an inspiration for people all over the world that they can do anything, that they can reach any dream no matter how far it seems, and that we are all beautiful no matter what anyone says. I want young girls and boys to stop worrying about being perfect and start worrying about being happy. I want to share God’s grace with the world and help out others in the best way I can.