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Jet Jurgensmeyer Finds Himself “Falling Too” (Interview)

Rising artist and actor Jet Jurgensmeyer finds himself “falling too” in his newest single.

The track finds the 18 year old showcasing his growth as an artist combining his swoon-worthy vocals with a blend of country and pop influences.

Jurgensmeyer caught up with Countrypolitan Magazine on Zoom to chat about “Falling Too” and much more.

Thank you for taking the time to chat! First, can you please dive into the creative process and inspiration behind your recent single “Falling Too”?

It came out of nowhere really! We started, myself, Kyle Winski and Brian Sauerwald and Pierson Swanson were the people who wrote it. When we sat down to write, we really didn’t have any ideas. Kinda out of nowhere Brian just sang what ended up being the first two lines of “Falling Too”. I sat up real quick and was like ‘whatever that was, can we sit on that for 20 minutes and see where it takes us’? About an hour and a half later we ended up having a full song. I had the chorus pretty much written. I had it in my phone for months. I’ve been trying to get it in a song and it had never fit. Out of nowhere it was meant to be in “Falling Too”.

How has your sound/songwriting process evolved since the release of this single? How do you envision it evolving in the future?

I think it changes and varies as I change as a person and vary. As I grow and experience new things, my songs will grow. There will be new stories being told. I think my songs people will notice on this next album that “Falling Too” is a part of…my music is going to be changing. You’re going to be hearing things that every 18 year old is going through and experiencing.

How would you describe your current artistry in three words?

Changing, relatable, and life!

Besides music, you act. How did you know you wanted to become an actor? What do you usually take away from these experiences? Any lessons learnt?

I’ve been doing it pretty much my whole life! I started acting when I was four and I’ll be 19 in November so that will be 15 years of being an actor. We had some friends that recommended it to my parents. Here we are almost 15 years later still doing it. Things that I have learned…the people that I prefer to talk to are always people that are nice. They are people who have treated me like a professional and with respect. Being nice you don’t hear about people who were jerks. It’s always the people that treated everybody with kindness and respect and carried themself with self-respect. They’re the ones talked about years and years to come so that’s what I always remember. And also be willing to fail. Be willing to have those downs. Be willing to tank an audition…mess up half your set-list on stage. Be willing to have all those lows because they make the highs feel so much better.

Do you usually draw from personal experiences or from the stories surrounding you when creating music?

Both! Everything that is on my music that I put out. Everything on my albums is either something that myself is going through or has gone through that’s why we chose to write about it or one of my co-writers. If it’s one of my co-writers, it would be one of those things that are happening around me. That’s how we make the song the most relatable. People can tell when you’re writing and performing something you have no idea you’re singing about. This is why we try to make this stuff the most relatable as possible.

Who is inspiring you currently on a professional and personal level?

I’m a big Ed Sheeran fan. A lot of my friends say that my vibe is ‘country Ed Sheeran’. He’s someone that I really look up to. I’m inspired by a lot of different songwriters and artists-anybody from Miranda Lambert, Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton. I listen to every genre. Frank Sinatra is one of my all time favorite artists. On a personal level, definitely my parents. My grandparents are a big inspiration to me. I don’t define success as having the most followers on Instagram, Twitter (X), or TikTok. I describe success as being able to have a happy family and being able to provide for my family, so they don’t have to if they end up not being able to work and provide for themself…I want to be able to provide for them and that’s how I define success.

I know you are involved in some philanthropic work. Can you please break down some of the work you are involved in?

I work really closely with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. They take donations and build radio stations inside children’s hospitals across the country. I’m fortunate enough to be one of the very few of us that have been (including virtual visits) to all of their studios. I wear that as a badge of honor and that is one of the most heartbreaking and heartwarming things that anybody can ever do because you’re in these hospitals and kids have various things they are going through. What the foundation does, they’ll have anybody from Taylor Swift to Ed Sheeran, sports stars too, and to me come in. We’ll come in and play songs for the kids, play games, and answer questions. They broadcast the livestream to the rooms of the kids that can’t come down because of whatever it is that they have. It’s an experience that’s hard to describe because you’re watching their day get better and smiles get put on their faces in real time. Helping them forget about whatever it is they’re going through even if it’s for three and a half minutes for a single song that makes it all worthwhile. I hope I get to continue to work with them for years and years to come.

What are your earliest memories related to music? When and how did you discover your passion for the art form?

I grew up on stage. My parents owned a bar in Nashville so I started getting up on stage at about three years old. One of my earliest memories: I was performing at their bar singing “Jesus Loves Me” and as I’m singing that a guy right in the front stood up with a lighter and started waving it around. That was the first time I ever had anyone stand up mid-song and wave a flashlight or lighter in front of me. I will never forget that! I’ve carried that with me for over a decade. When you have something like that happen to you that makes you feel like ‘I truly am following god’s plan and I think I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing’.

What’s the most rewarding part of the music making process?

The most rewarding part is hearing people message me or face-to-face tell me how one of my songs speak to them…how they relate to it…how it helped them out of a dark time. It’s one of the most amazing things of being a songwriter and artist is having that happen because that makes it all worthwhile. You don’t know who is listening to your music. You don’t know what they’re going through. I always tell people who want to get into music, if you’re on stage and there’s five people in the audience, perform like there’s 5,000 because you don’t know one who is in that audience and how it could change your life and your career and you don’t know what that person is going through. Music really does heal- it heals hearts and minds. I think that’s one of the best things about this industry. I try to remember that every day, every time I get up on stage and get up behind the mic.

What’s next for you? What can fans expect for the rest of the year? Any goals?

I’m currently working on my next album. My last album was called Phase One: Discover. The second one is gonna be Phase Two. I don’t have a title for it next to Phase Two. I have about a handful of songs that are already recorded that I’m gonna be putting out. “Falling Too” is just the first of many stories that are gonna get told on this next album. I’m probably gonna put out about two more songs before the album comes out.

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you is not even enough! It’s the people that are supporting me, coming out to shows that are coming out and listening to my new songs. Requesting it on the radio stations. I can’t thank you all enough because you’re the reason I’m able to do what I love every single day. I continue to do this for you guys. Thank you for the support! I cannot wait for Phase Two to come out. I can’t wait for people to be able to relate to some more songs!

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Danielle Taylor

Danielle is passionate about all things music, entertainment, Marvel and Disney! You can usually find a iced coffee or bubble tea in her hand.

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