A rising star in the world of gospel music is Jacquelyn Owens. Even while she may not be a household name just yet, her stirring voice and encouraging message are certain to make her a favourite among those who are passionate about gospel music.
Owens spent his childhood singing in the church choir in the little hamlet outside Chicago, Illinois, where he was born and reared in the United States. Her early exposure to gospel music sparked an early interest in the genre, and when she was a teenager, she started writing her own songs.
After graduating high school, Owens enrolled in a music programme at a nearby college, where she further developed her abilities as a singer and composer. During this period, she started singing at gospel festivals and local churches, and she rapidly established a name for herself as a skilled and devoted singer.
In 2019, Owens published her first studio album, titled “Lifter.” The album was well welcomed by both reviewers of gospel music and lovers of the genre. Many people praised Owens for her strong voice and the uplifting message conveyed in the lyrics of her songs.
Owens is motivated to utilise her songs to convey happiness and encourage people as her career continues to flourish, and she plans to do it via music. She is working on putting together a tour to play in a variety of states and, with any luck, overseas.
The song “Kingdom” is a modern Christian studio recording that incorporates elements of worship, acoustic music, pop music, and soul music. The listener is taken on a trip through the song, which begins and ends with soothing harmonies and has a variety of powerful elements in between.
Come along with us as she shares more about her musical career and the most recent release with us.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
My biggest musical influences are Hillsong, Brooke Ligertwood, Yebba, Lianne La Havas and Brandy.
What inspired you to write your latest album/song?
My latest project was written during the pandemic. I realized it held many of the themes in the Lord’s Prayer. It is basically a prayer in a song form.
What message do you hope to convey through your music?
I just want to inspire others. I do this in a few ways: sharing the principles of my faith, sharing my personal journey, and making sure the songs convey a positive message.
What was the most challenging aspect of recording your latest album?
The most challenging part was making sure the song wasn’t unoriginal. I pride myself on making music that sounds authentic and has elements that people might not expect from a typical “worship” song.
What has been your favourite moment or experience as a musician so far?
My favourite moments are collaborating with other songwriters. Creating with others usually allows for synergy which usually results in something you could have never created on your own.
How do you balance your personal life with your music career?
I just make sure to take music engagements I enjoy. So even while working I’m having fun. Creating music is therapeutic and something I do naturally so it is very much a part of my personal life anyway.
How do you handle negative criticism or feedback on your music?
I appreciate constructive criticism. I try to learn from it and not walk away offended. When feedback is negative but not constructive, I try not to take it personally and remember that many people value my music.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians trying to make it in the industry?
I would tell aspiring musicians to be themselves! I know it seems like basic advice, but many musicians are just emulating their idols. The world needs what YOU have to offer and usually, people feel and vibe with authenticity.
Do you have any upcoming projects or releases that you’re excited about?
I am working to release a few more singles this year. I’ve written hundreds of songs but haven’t released many – so excited to finally get them heard.
Do you have any plans to branch out into other genres or styles of music?
In addition to Christian/Gospel, I also write songs that are just about life, love and my journey. I would love to release these songs in the near future too.