Interview with Berlin Based Singer and Songwriter “Jennifer Juliette”
Jennifer is a Welsh singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who’s based in Berlin.
Powerful, artistic, inspiring: Jennifer’s cross-over style is a mesmerizing mix of her classical training and mainstream pop; her searing melodies drawn from personal experiences and boundless creative energy.
Over the last decade, Jennifer has performed at a number of prestigious venues around the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Vienna Opera House, and the Royal Albert Hall in London, where she worked as a fashion model for several years.
Trained as a concert pianist, Jennifer also plays guitar, violin, and cello. She has worked in various orchestra settings. In mid-2019, Jennifer started an international women’s choir which raised money for homeless shelters across Berlin before the COVID lockdown forced the group to press pause on its demanding performance schedule.
Her passion for music stems from childhood, when, at the age of 4, she started singing and playing piano at churches in the South Welsh Valleys, where she was raised. She went on to study music and completed her exams with the Royal School of Music at 15.
Jennifer is gearing up to release her first EP — Anchor — this summer, which will feature several new songs.
How did you come by your stage name?
Jennifer Juliette is my two first names. I secretly always wanted to be Juliette instead!
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I have loved music since I was a very small child, around 4! I remember loving my first piano lesson and it went from there. My grandmother loved to play and I watched her joy and absorbed it
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
My musical style has definitely been influenced by the classical music I had as a child. I would play hours of CDs in my bedroom, especially before I went to sleep. As I became older I was also influenced by more poppy singers. And now I just want to combine the styles to make the kind of music I really love to listen to and hope others do too.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
It’s a collection of fiction and nonfiction works, influenced by people I met, myself, and my stories. Often I would have a phrase with a tune come to me at the piano and I would sit and write the rest either that day or the next. Some I wrote a long time ago and now they have been crafted into something fuller and more exciting.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
The answer to both is my children! Sometimes I am feeling inspired and about to write my next song, and I need to feed the babies or take them out and that can be so frustrating. On the other hand, the whole reason I am doing this is so my children can see that women can follow whatever they want in this world! I hope to instill a passion for music in my girls.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
At my particular genre? Yes. I think it’s quite unique! Infusing pop with a Celtic classical sound is not too common. I have a very specific map of how I want the songs to go and what they must include.
What are your plans for the near future?
I have a concert in September in Prague, showcasing my songs live. I am so excited to finally perform live again, especially singing. I will also be playing the piano and singing for some numbers!
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout-outs?
The biggest thank you is to my first-ever teacher, Jonathan, who told me I could sing and play anything I wanted with concentration and focus. He really gave me a passion even as a young child that holds in me to this day
How can fans find you?
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Everyone’s personal journey is so different. Their circumstances and emotions. Perhaps the only important thing is to take a rest and not overwork yourself. Preserving your mental health is precious.