Jenna DeVries’ latest single, “RIP,” is a deeply personal exploration of one woman’s journey toward self-acceptance and freedom. In the musical landscape of country music that often celebrates conformity, “RIP” stands out as a powerful anthem of defiance, shedding light on the challenges of leaving a highly religious, high-control upbringing due to one’s true identity.
The first thing that strikes you about “RIP” is its raw authenticity. DeVries bares her soul through her evocative lyrics and heartfelt vocal delivery. The song tells a story that many individuals in similar situations can relate to, making it a beacon of hope for those who have faced adversity and discrimination.
Jenna shares, “I wrote the chorus to this song shortly after I came out. When I chose to be my authentic self, I lost basically my entire community – my family, friends, and church…. It came to me after one particularly painful moment – over Christmas, my best friend from high school called me and told me she never wanted to see me again because I was ‘dangerous to have around her children’ because I would show them a “homosexual lifestyle.’ Best friends for years – I was literally in her wedding, and she cut me off like it was nothing. This song came from a place of anger – I felt like I needed to write a song that allowed me to be angry and mourn the relationships that I no longer had. I decided I would rather be alone forever than live surrounded by people who only want the version of me that suits them. High-control religious environments make people hate what they fear and fear what they don’t understand. If you are a survivor of a cult or HCR environment – this song is your anthem. Always choose yourself – the rest of your life, the best of your life will follow.”
With a voice that channels the emotive depth of Maren Morris and Adele, alongside the mystique of Stevie Nicks, Jenna DeVries effortlessly conveys the pain, strength, and resilience in her narrative.
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The composition and production (Jenna DeVries, Jen Miller, Pete Eddins, Mike Piazza) of “RIP” brings to mind the atmospheric beauty of Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne.’ The music creates an immersive, almost haunting ambiance that enhances the emotional impact of the lyrics. The blend of acoustic elements and electronic undertones adds a unique and modern twist to the song, giving it a timeless quality that resonates with a wide audience.
DeVries’ vocal skill is, without a doubt, a standout feature of the track. Her voice possesses a captivating quality that holds your attention from start to finish. She navigates the intricate melodies with precision, delivering each line with a sense of vulnerability and determination that is truly mesmerizing. It’s a testament to her talent and her ability to convey complex emotions through her singing.
“RIP” is more than just a song; it’s a testament to the power of self-discovery and the courage to break free from oppressive circumstances. Jenna DeVries’ willingness to share her personal journey through music is not only brave but also immensely relatable. Her storytelling prowess, combined with her remarkable vocal skills, makes “RIP” an emotionally charged and empowering piece of art.
With “RIP,” Jenna DeVries has not only crafted a beautiful piece of music but also a powerful message that transcends genres and will speak to the hearts of many. This is an artist who is unafraid to use her talent to inspire and empower, and “RIP” is a testament to her artistry and her unwavering commitment to making a difference through her music.
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