Lauren Jenkins, the Texas native, Carolina raised country singer + songwriter, propelled her one-of-a-kind conventional take on Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” and “Stolen Car” off of The River album. Earlier this week, The Bobby Bones Class of 2019 member had her renditions in rotation on Sirius XM’s E Street Radio, Volume Channel’s Kick Out The Jams with Dave Marsh and E Street’s Radio Live From E Street Nation.
Billboard’s Artist to Watch shared on Instagram, “Covering @Springteen can be intimidating. No one can do Bruce like Bruce can. So instead of trying to copy Bruce, I brought my own truth to these two songs. I chose not to change any of the lyrics, but instead brought a woman’s voice to a man’s story. To me, that approach brings a different layer to the song and a different perspective. I think the stripped down recordings show just how powerful these two songs are… even when they’re bare-boned. Enjoy.”
“I’m a sucker for a storyteller,” Jenkins explains of her choice to do the covers in a press release. “Tell me a story about your joy, pain, love or loss, and I’m in. That’s part of the reason why I have such a deep appreciation for Bruce Springsteen. He has a way of telling a story that feels like it’s your story, too. Honesty and vulnerability seem to be at the core, and that’s something I try to mirror in my own music. I don’t do covers often, but when I do, it better be a damn good song. ‘Stolen Car’ and ‘Hungry Heart’ have been part of the soundtrack to my life, and I’m so excited to share my take on them. If you haven’t heard their creator singing these songs, do yourself a favor and go listen to Springsteen now.”
These covers are the first taste of new music since Jenkins released her debut full-length album, No Saint. Watch our Swag Session with the songstress below.
“Hungry Heart” and “Stolen Car” are now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more recently released music here on our “New Country Music” playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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