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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Thirsty Thursday Featuring Jennifer Alvarado

Thank you for chatting with us Jennifer! Did you always want to be a musician or was there a specific moment that something happened that made you think "this is what I want to do with my life." If so, what was it?

I’ve wanted to be a singer since I was four years old. From the time I realized people actually could do that as a job, that’s what I wanted to do. As I got older, I realized my heart is really with songwriting and the creation of a song…but music has always been my form of self-expression and processing, so I never really stuck with anything except music. Is there anyone in your family that you can credit as being instrumental in your decision to go into the music field?

My Pappaw was a huge influence on me. He played numerous instruments and always pushed the importance of knowing how to play an instrument especially when I said I wanted to be a songwriter. Aside from singing do you play any instruments?

Yes. I play guitar, mandolin, bass (as needed) and keys. I also taught ukulele for a while.

Is there any news for the forthcoming album?

My new EP “Songbird: Part Two” is actually coming out next Monday, 7/24 (my birthday). It is the completion of a story I started last year. Part One detailed a toxic relationship from beginning to end while Part Two is the process of rebuilding after the destruction. If you could only perform one of your songs for someone who has never heard of you, what song would that be?

Probably my song “I Break Things.” That song is very tongue in cheek. To listen to the lyrics, you would think I was this awful woman going around breaking hearts…the truth is, I wrote it to poke fun at myself because I am clumsy and had just wrecked the car. Which song off of your EP is the most dear to you and why?

The most honest and personal song on “Songbird” is actually the title track. For a few years I was in a situation that I gave everything too. I felt trapped. I was depressed by it and slowly losing my love of music and even myself. I look at the situation now and realize it made me a stronger artist and I can even be grateful for the lessons learned, but in the midst of it, I felt like I was slowly dying and that song was very cathartic.

What is your favorite dish to cook?

Ground Chicken & Veggie Bibimbap with Zucchini, Carrots and either Jasmine Rice or Tri-Color Pearl Couscous How do you drink your coffee?

I don’t actually drink coffee, but I love chai. My favorite is chai made with oat or almond milk with caramel. What is your favorite sandwich?

A turkey sandwich with Swiss on a bagel with lettuce, tomato and mayo. Fun fact, I actually ate a turkey sandwich every day for lunch from the age of like 9 to 18. If you could share a meal with any four individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

My husband, my two grandmothers that have passed away and Reba McEntire. My husband never got to meet my grandmothers and besides Reba, they had the greatest impact on who I am…plus I just really miss them. Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why?

Is Buc-ee’s allowed? It has everything…and with me always on the road…I literally have stopped at the same location three times in a day. Also, Monster Java drinks…salted caramel to be exist…they are a life saver for the 3am drives back to North Carolina from Nashville.

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