Jena Irene Asciutto: Artist Authenticity, Making Music Career Decisions & American Idol

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Joining us out of Detroit is singer/songwriter Jena Irene Asciutto. Jena finished second in the 2014 season of American Idol, and has since signed to Original 1265 Recordings, released an EP and full length album, “Cold Fame” and is currently studying for a degree in Creative Songwriting.

“Cold Fame” was written and recorded after Jena spent six months of her teenage years as a contestant in American Idol, and the record displays a range of sounds and sensibilities that take us through the life of a modern young woman. In this interview, Jena talks about her decision to sign with an independent label, the new album, and the advice she'd offer to her fellow musicians.

Highlights:

  • Jena shares how she’s trying to be less of a people pleaser, and be more direct and assertive
  • Jena tells us why she decided to sign with an independent label post-American Idol rather than a major
  • “I wanted to be really open and honest with my audience on Cold Fame” - Jena Irene Asciutto
  • “Throughout the writing and recording process, I was still second guessing myself” - Jena Irene Asciutto
  • Jena shares how American Idol only allowed her to show a couple of sides of herself, but now she doesn’t need to think about turning parts of her personality on or off
  • “Being known for just one thing would be a miserable life for me!” - Jena Irene Asciutto
  • “It’s good to be friends with your fans!” - Jena Irene Asciutto
  • We hear about Jena’s record “Cold Fame” and what she’s learned about herself as an artist
  • Jena shares her advice on making decisions as an artist
  • We talk about what artists should be looking for when choosing a record label
  • “A label are investing in you, but make sure that investment is in what YOU want to put out and is in the REAL version of you” - Jena Irene Asciutto

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