In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with singer/songwriter Jen Foster about launching her Pledge Music Campaign to support her new ambitious double record project entitled “The White Room Sessions.” Over the last 5 years Jen has been making regular trips to Los Angeles to record music with her dear friend producer Rich Jacques. It all began at a little studio called the “White Room” in Hollywood and on her initial trip in the spring of 2009 they recorded a group of 4 original songs. This group of songs included “Venice Beach” and “I Didn’t Just Kiss Her” which quickly became two of Jen’s most popular songs ever. In addition they recorded some cover songs like Journey’s “Faithfully” and while these covers will not be on the double record, they will be released digitally as part of the Pledge Music campaign. By pre-ordering the new double-album pledgers will gain access to exclusive merchandise, memorabilia and events. We talked to Jen about “The White Room Sessions” and her spin on our LGBT issues.
When asked what she would like to see happen for LGBT equality in the next few years Foster stated, “I think clearly the ruling on gay marriage last month was epic and in the sense of that now there’s this undeniable momentum and I think we’re going to see the dominos fall faster than ever before. But now having said that we definitely need more explicit protections and federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. For example just the other day the House of Representatives shot down an amendment that would require school districts for receiving federal funding specifically to adopt conduct to prohibit bullying and including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. We know that LGBT students are subjected to all kinds of discrimination and we also know that this leads to higher rates of dropping out and health problems and academic issues. Of course sometimes even suicide.”
Jen Foster’s songwriting endeavors have led to collaborations with Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive) and hit-maker Jeffrey Steele, among many others. Her touring history is as impressive as any you will find by an independent artist. She has not only played the largest Pride Festivals in the country (Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, St. Louis and Nashville) but she has also shared stages with Melissa Etheridge, Brandi Carlisle, Edwin McCain and Rachel Yamagata and on extended tours with The Samples, K’s Choice, Michelle Malone, Antigone Rising and Patrice Pike. Additionally, Foster serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International. However creating music has always been instinctive for Foster and she feels a constant pull to craft songs that serve a larger purpose. In “The White Room Sessions” she has poured her entire heart and soul into the creation of these songs and the process of producing and arranging them with Rich Jacques at the helm has been a highlight of her life, both creatively and personally. The Pledge Music Campaign runs until early August 2015.
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