LGBTQ+ “popicana” artist Jenna DeVries’ new single and video for “Daddy’s Little Heart Attack” release tomorrow, but you can listen a early, exclusively with Bridge Magazine.
“Daddy’s Little Heart Attack’ is a song I wrote about escaping a life and town that was too small for me. Growing up, my parents sheltered us from everything. I was homeschooled almost my whole life and never got to listen to “secular” music. The song really tells the true story of escaping that life to step into a new “rebellious” adventure – and loving every second of it, even when it was hard to leave everything I had ever known. I hope this song helps the black sheep or ‘rebellious’ child feel less alone. When you choose yourself and to live authentically, life really does get better. Freedom takes courage, so I hope this song makes someone feel brave.”
A Nashville-based singer-songwriter, DeVries’ voice has been described as soulful and affecting and has already made a powerful connection with millions. She is among the elite handful of artists to make it to American Idol’s Top 24 in the farewell season. On America’s Got Talent, she earned three separate standing ovations from both the judges and the audience.
As an openly LGBTQ+ artist, DeVries found pop music was the right outlet to be loud and proud when she needed it most. During the worldwide pandemic, DeVries spent hours at the piano getting back to her roots – writing country music. Jenna’s upcoming EP tells the story of moving to Nashville, coming out, losing her family, and finally stepping into her power.
Jenna DeVries released her single with Harper Grae titled, “Drunk Girls,” which exclusively premiered with People. The music video for “Drunk Girls” was featured on the CMT Music Television channel, as well as the video for Jenna’s holiday release, “December.” DeVries was also named one of NSAI’s Songwriters to Watch.
She recently started the LGBTQ+ movement The Outlaw Collective, which raises LGBTQ+ and minority artists’ voices in the Nashville music scene through showcases and more.
Jenna’s discography only continues to provide us with genuine passion and important stories that make others feel less alone in their journeys. “Daddy’s Little Heart Attack” is no different – you can feel and lyrically hear the change Jenna experiences throughout the song – “Fools raised up an outlaw heart, highway escape into the dark” reminisce on her parents’ disdain towards rock and secular music, and Jenna’s eventual escape from the close-minded world they lived in.
The vocal ability we see from Jenna in the chorus demonstrates true determination and grit: “Now I’m driving like lightning, raising my hell, small town saint found a sinner rollin’ on two wheels, like how it feels/to be lovin’ like a wild child, queen of the night, black on my nails and painted all around my eyes, found my life…” and she “can’t slow down, can’t go back,” because Jenna DeVries has truly become her “Daddy’s Little Heart Attack.”
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