Thursday, 17 April 2014

[XM EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]: Jenny O tells the story behind her Music Life

Post By @Beefrhymes, 16th April. 2014

Orjiekwe Jennifer best known as Jenny O, a native of Achi in Oji-River Local Government Enugu and the first in the family of four(4) tells her music story via a phone call interview with Xsquad Magazine crew. Having dropped a banging hit single 'Surugede' (Prod. by Dekumzy); she's set to take the Nigerian Music industry to the next level. Read her interview below.

When and why did you start playing?

Wad up my lovely people, ish your girl Jenny O. I started playing wen I was 11 but took it professional five yrs ago. The reason I started playing was because I love music, its something I can't do without. 

Is your family musical?

Describe your family member's musical interests and abilities.
My family love listening to good music but never dream of me being an artist. In fact my dad was angry when he learnt I sing professional. He thought it will end in choir because of the way he sees musicians outside Nigeria. Just like most people he thought that most Musicians are ware word. Though I refused to stop when he asked me to stop cos it's my dream; but he has accepted the fact that I'm a musician cos I didn't change, and it also changed his thoughts about entertainers. 

Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
International: Beyonce, Maria Cariah and Celine Dion.  Nig: 2face Idibia and Tiwa Savage. Why is because they are good, though they sing in different ways but passes messages across the whole world. 

Which famous musicians have you learned from?
Mariah Cariah and Celine Dion. 

What has been your greatest fear and challenge in the music industry?
Fear: to be able to keep up with good music. 

Who was your first teacher back then your old school (Secondary School) days?
Smiles, Mrs Onaga, I smiled cause the students call her okro because she walks like who don't have bones but very strong when it comes to teaching mathematics and disceplining students. 

Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
Yes : ‘One love’ by Onyeka Owenu, ‘Seeping child’ by Michael Learns to Rock, ‘Heal the World’ by Micheal Jackson, “Falling into you’ by Celine Dion and ‘The boy is mine’ by brandy and Monica. 

Who are your favorite musicians? Groups?
Beyonce and 2face. Groups Destiny's Child and Plantation boys. Cds, ‘African Queen’ by 2face and ‘Survivor’ by destiny's child...

How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Laugh, mistakes are bound to happen. As a musician and a dancer I need to be fit so when ever I don't rehearse b4 performing it affects me but anyways, I allow my self to be original and learn from it..... 

Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?
Yes of course, what makes a good session is when you are satisfied with the beat and your voicing. Especially when the song becomes a hit. 

How often and for how long do you practice?
Music is my life. I practice like 5hrs a day at least four times in a week. 

How do you handle some of your fans that are deeply emotional towards you?
I love my fans and I'm nothing without them so I treat them like my pals.

How do you balance your music with other obligations - mate, children, and job?
I don't have another job for now, no kids, in fact it's music all the way. Obligations I draw my time table for everything. 

Where do you expect to see yourself in the next 10yrs?
Mmmm so yummy smiles, all over the world, like my favourite musicians. 

What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
My advice to them is that as long as you are doing it right keep it up and don’t doubt. It's hard but you will get there some day. 

How did you decide on your name?
I merged my two names and my surname; Jennifer Ogochukwu Orjiekwe. My girlfriend calls me Jenny O or J.O even b4 I started singing....

Connect on Twitter:  @Originaljennyo

Download Surugede [Prod. by Dekumzy]


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