When it comes to celebrities, we imagine extravagance, grandeur and the picture-perfect, rom-com idea of love that we see on the silver screen. Despite our pre-conceived notions of celebrity life, we are often told the ultimate urban myth: “They are just like us.” However, as shocking as it may seem, when it comes to love and relationships, Jenny March is exactly like the rest of us.
We build up walls with the scars of past relationships, we refuse to be the “rebound” and, like Jenny, we really never want to see our exes get over us. Because, honestly, who really does? However, while most of us write our deepest, darkest secrets into the bedside diaries we hope no one will ever see, March sings about these secrets, literally. More specifically, in the case of her new single, “FUWY,” she turns them into two-minute and one-second masterpieces.
Ohio-born and LA-based singer Jenny March is a star on the rise; soaring and mesmerizing, the 22-year-old produces music as intoxicating as the message behind it. Recently nominated by Betches for ‘Best New Songs From a Female Artist,’ for her cover of Madison Beer’s “Hurts Like Hell,”—along with Selena Gomez, and Teyana Taylor—March just released “FUWY.”
BELLA recently had the opportunity to catch up with the singer and discuss her new single “FUWY,” the story behind it and what’s up next for the rising star.
For those who have not heard it, what is your new single, “FUWY,” about and what is the story behind it?
I wrote it about one summer that I had. It really is about wanting someone so bad, but you are not sure if it really will work out with this person. I wrote it because I had a bunch of walls up from my past relationship, and I wanted him to give me signs that he wanted it too.
Tell us a bit about how you’ve been growing musically, as an artist, and where you see yourself in the future.
I have been growing a lot, although, I am still young and have so much to learn and I love that! Doing music, it’s what makes me happy. Also, allowing myself to get more vulnerable in each song. It’s kind of my therapy, because I don’t like to talk about my feelings, so I just write about them. And I just really want to make others feel something with my music. I think it is such a universal language. Travelling and experiencing different cultures is also something I have been passionate about since I was a kid. So, if I can travel the world on tour, that would be freaking amazing! Especially, with people who really care about my music, and I’d just have a good time doing it.
Your work draws a lot from your personal life; which has been the hardest personal experience to write about?
A lot of my work is inspired by my personal life, because it’s what I know. Sometimes I will overhear a conversation that someone is having and think, “oh, that’s a good title,” or “that’s a good topic to write about.” Knowing what my friends go through also inspires me, it just depends. But, the hardest experience for me to write about? Well, I basically wrote a song about my family, and what I learned about love from them; and how this influenced what I thought love should be like; and what I should strive for. But, I realized my thoughts are changing and I want something more than what my parents have. I was definitely scared to write that song, because I didn’t know how they were going to react. They still haven’t heard it or know I wrote it. Hopefully they won’t read this interview!
Tell us about your background and why you decided to get into the industry.
I am from Cincinnati, Ohio and have danced since I was a little kid. I was on the dance team, in the classic choir and did all the shows at school. I did Stagedoor Manor Theatre Camp for five summers in New York, which is a prestigious acting camp. My neighborhood is really small, and going to theatre camp made me realize I really wanted to live in a bigger city. Luckily, I knew what I wanted from such a young age. I just loved performing and making people smile. And I just wanted to be the center of attention as a little kid… So, at the end of my freshman year in high school, I moved to LA with my mom. There, I started acting, but music was always number one.
Are you planning on going back into acting?
It is definitely something I will always be passionate about. I would love to get back into it later on, but I’m just focusing on music right now. I tried doing both at the same time for so long and it is just too hard.
What has this year been like for you, both career wise and on a personal level? Tell us what has been an important goal and how close are you to reaching it?
I have learned so much more about myself coming into 2019. It also has been a bit of a transition period for me, because I left my old manager at the beginning of the year. I was already doing so much of it on my own and I felt like I was trying to rely on him for things, but it really was just up to me. I’m looking for a new manager right now, but I am not in any rush, because I want it to be a good fit. I released “FUWY” this year too; it is the first one I released in 2019, which is really exciting. I probably won’t release a new song for a little bit, though, because I want to release my next song when it is perfect.
It’s so difficult to find a work/life balance! Do you have advice for people struggling to find the right compromise?
That is something I have definitely struggled with, and still struggle with, because I don’t like letting people down. Set boundaries and just make time for you… whether it’s exercise, cooking or spending time with your friends. Just remember to try and not to let your personal life, nor your career, consume you.
Finally, at BELLA, we operate on the ideology that beauty is defined on a personal level. What does beauty mean to you, and how do you find it?
I do think it depends on each of us, but I think beauty is found within us, in the sense that it is something you must search for as you grow as a person; whether this growth is through alone time or introspection. To me, beauty is self-confidence, but it is also how you treat other people.