Jennifer Smestad’s parents claim she could carry a tune at the age of three and hasn’t stopped singing since. Jennifer grew up to ‘90s country, inspired by Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill. "I like to pull components from my favorite genres and make it my own. You may hear me incorporate some 90s country mixed with some pop melodies and maybe a line or two of indie-type lyrics. My taste in music is all over the place, from country to pop to worship to indie."
Her biggest supporters: her parents. In fact, her debut single “Half the Man” was inspired by her father, an airplane pilot. Her parents also helped her to overcome her OCD and social anxiety which gave her the confidence to compete in the Miss America Competition. Utilizing her aptitude for singing with the title of Miss Arizona, she was given the platform to share her story worldwide of overcoming Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Social Anxiety, with which she was diagnosed at just the tender age of ten years old. She has been featured on Us Weekly, The Today Show, Daily Mail, and other major international networks, but most importantly, she has had the opportunity to touch the lives of so many others who have struggled with the same or similar challenges.
Now residing in Music City, Jennifer was able to find her voice. Her latest single “Can’t Have Mine” was released on March 26th. It tells of leaving a toxic relationship and valuing yourself before others. A quick write, the song all started with the line “you took your time, but you can’t have mine.”
Jumping back into performing, Jennifer loves to test out her songs to the crowed at The Listening Room. She’s written a ton in the past year and promises to have more songs released this year. “My life is full of spontaneity,” Jennifer says. “Every day is different, which keeps it fun and entertaining, but it also makes it difficult to have a consistent schedule.”
You can find Jennifer on social media @jennifersmestad and on her website here.