What is your name?
Jennie Harluk

What is your genre of music?
Pop Alternative Singer/Songwriter!

Give us a little bio about you.
Jennie Harluk is a 19 year old pop alternative singer songwriter from Calgary, Alberta Canada! Her genre is a fluid blend of in depth lyrical story telling stemming from her background in country, mixed with new modern day pop sounds and melodies. Her sound is fresh and relatable, connecting to audiences everywhere.

What made you go into music?
I’ve had music in my life as long as I can remember, my dad Shane Harluk is a musician as well on the side and so growing up I was always surrounded by music. I trained in piano for 10 years and picked up guitar on my own about 5 years ago. I’ve written songs since the age of ten and its always just made the most sense and been second nature to me. When I was in grade 12 and all my friends and classmates were filling out resumes and university applications and I just… wasn’t, it made me second guess if going into music was the right thing to do or if I should be going to school ect ect, but a year and a half later it’s been the best decision and my parents were and are very supportive in me chasing music and entrepreneurialism and not the normal road!

Who are your influences?
I love new and modern artists like JP Saxe, Lennon Stella, Sabrina Carpenter, Taylor Swift, Conan Gray, Ruston Kelly and so many more – but some of my older influences are Stevie Nicks, Faith Hill, Bryan Adams, Bonnie Tyler.

Are you a signed?
No I am currently an independent artist but work with a great media / marketing team WMA and A&R Fraser Hill to all collaborate on my musical projects

Your new single ’The Fool’ is out, tell us more about the single.
yes it is! This is my second single, following my debut track “Blame it on Me” which I released in July 2021. This single has an upbeat, happy musical feel but the lyrics hold a strong emotional punch that perfectly portrays the juxtaposition and many layers of going through heartbreak, which ultimately is what this song is about.

What is the meaning behind the single?
As I said, this single is about the stages and feelings of going through heartbreak. It’s about staying with a toxic person in a relationship where they lie, cheat, betray you and yet you stay with them through it all because you’re in love, but in the end they end up being the one to leave you and you feel stupid. People tell you the clichés like “It’s their loss” , “the joke’s on them” , “They don’t know what they’re missing!” And while all those may or may not be true, you still got broken up with, you still feel dumb and hurt, like a fool.

Who did you work with on the single?
I wrote this wonderful song with two of the best people I’ve met, Sam Jackson Willows and Joseph of Mercury. It was the second song we’d written together and I could tell it was going to be one of my favourites from the beginning. We had many talents in on this song and the process of releasing it. Jay Dufour mixed, Kristian Montano mastered, Isabella Morton took all of my press photos as well as filmed/directed the official music video. Liberty Maki filmed the lyric video, and there’s been many friends and family along the way cheering it on up to it’s release.

Describe the track in two words.
Beautifully Tragic

What was the writing and recording process like?
As I mentioned, I wrote this track with Sam Jackson Willows and Joseph of Mercury, it was our second song we wrote together but the three of us have a great vibe and work really well together. I feel that I write some of my most genuine lyrics when I’m working with them. The recording process was definitely peculiar, we wrote and recorded the track in the midst of covid and so we wrote over zoom and recorded over the phone! I physically recorded the song at OCL studios here in Calgary with Josh Gwilliam who oversaw the session and presses record and had everything organized for us, but Sam and Joe were dialled in to a cool audio site where they could listen in to the session in real time and talk to me through my headphones like they were really there. It wasn’t the most ideal situation and I still have yet to meet these wonderful guys in person, but it worked! And we’re very excited about it!

We also see a music video for ‘ The Fool’, what was the creative process like?
I got to direct and film this video with one of my best friends Isabella Morton (Izzy) and we had a blast. Izzy and I are very creatively in tune with one another and we both have fiery personalities that know what we want. But it totally works. I knew I wanted the video to encompass the craziness and loneliness of heartbreak, it’s a very vulnerable song for me and so filming with someone I’m close to definitely helped. We filmed over two days – one at a film set that was graciously lent to us by friends, and the other day took palace in my friends kitchen! We brought and made all the props ourselves and really had the whole vision laid out line by line. Izzy and I are very proud and ecstatic about how the video turned out and I hope you love it as much as we do!

Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect from it?
I’m hoping to release an EP closer to the spring, including my singles thus far and some other tracks. I love sharing my music and putting a few songs all into one capsule project would be so special.

Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect from it?
I’m hoping to release an EP closer to the spring, including my singles thus far and some other tracks. I love sharing my music and putting a few songs all into one capsule project would be so special.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Who knows! I hardly know what I’ll be doing next week but I know one thing for sure: it will involve music. I hope that in five years I will have released an album, maybe done small tours and really built my fanbase up. I love connecting with people through my music and I’m excited to continue building relationships with fans and listeners over the next few years.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“the end is always good, so if it’s not good now – then it’s not the end”. I’m not sure who said it, but I like to remind myself of that when life feels like it’s turned downhill or a situation is hard or hurtful.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Mic, Guitar, Picks, my capo!!! (which I tend to forget oops), and an ice cold water bottle !

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
I do! I’m active on all socials (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tik tok) ! I love posting content and sharing my life online so be sure to come join the social family!

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