This week we are crushing on JENNA Nation!
Combining talent, charisma and a whole lot of hustle, JENNA is poised to become a household name. Blessed with a voice full of soul, JENNA began singing in her childhood, and won her first competition at the age of 8 in her native Ottawa, Ontario. She scored her first professional gig singing on Parliament Hill as part of a Canada Day celebration. Talk about auspicious beginnings!
After graduating from Berklee in Boston, JENNA hit the ground running on her music career. She’s performed at festivals in different countries, has appeared on multiple radio and TV programs and has collaborated with some of music’s in North America and Europe. With 4 albums under her belt, including her latest You Don’t Know, released this fall, JENNA’s tunes back her ambition, and you can see why she’s pushing to get to the top. Listen to the title track of the album below:
Get to know JENNA along with us on this Woman Crush Wednesday!
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
The first thing I notice about a potential love interest are a couple of things; a nice smile, and to go along with that, a positive energy. Sometimes when someone walks in the room you notice them right away because they have a way and energy about them that draws you. When someone is smiling and has a really good and positive vibe about them, that really attracts me right off the bat. Who doesn’t want to be around someone who is smiling, joyful and positive?!
What is your definition of romance?
My definition of romance is the level of intimate, emotional and fun or element of surprise you have with your partner. To me, romance is like icing on a cake. You have your layers of cake that make a solid relationship like companionship, trust and communication and then romance is the icing. Everything from leaving a little note in your partners suitcase, to a kiss on the forehead, a surprise hug from behind or setting up a surprise dinner date/getaway. They are the thoughtful/sweet things that you do because you want to and things that you know will put a smile on your partner’s face. It shows that you care.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
My instant deal breaker is someone that is conceited and/or disrespectful especially towards others. I can’t deal with someone who only thinks about them self first and has no regard for others and what’s going on around them. This is especially important in a partner because you want someone who has your best interest in mind, and someone who is respectful and kind. This becomes more important as the relationship gets to be more serious.
What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?
The strangest thing someone has done to get my attention was – it was actually kind of sweet- but I was performing at a local venue in Toronto and a young man took the back of his receipt and wrote a poem about me while I was performing and gave it to me after my performance.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
I think almost everyone wants to find that special someone. It’s ingrained in our minds from the moment we watched our first Disney movie. I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to find that “special someone”, “the one” or life partner. Sometimes I think that it consumes our thoughts so much to the point where it gets in the way of our career, our friendships and our life goals. Many of us accept less than we deserve, in relationships and when choosing a partner, because of our biological clocks, or because we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves that we feel we need to fulfill. As a result, many of us end up in relationships in which we felt rushed or pressured, and as a result are not happy. My advice is that we focus less on who we are going to end up with and concentrate more on ourselves first. We can’t fully give to another unless we are happy and are fulfilled in our own lives. Never settle and never let anyone be the cause of your unhappiness. Never allow anyone to take you away from your dreams and goals. It is important to trust the timing in our lives.. don’t rush it, don’t try to make it happen. That person will come into your life when you least expect it. Just let it happen!