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Pop Music Sensation Jenna Raine on Her New EP and Viral TikTok Song 'See You Later'

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May 05, 2023

Jenna Raine has all the credentials of a future megastar. A four-year stint in a girl group? Check. A solo record deal with Warner Records? Check. A TikTok-viral original song that has been streamed over 100 million times? Check.

When you also take into account her captivating stage presence, distinctive musical flair, and powerful lyricism, it seems like there are no limits to what this 19-year-old singer-songwriter could go on to achieve.

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Raine’s latest feat is her brand-new EP ‘Big Dumb Heart, Chapter 1’ - a triumphant iteration of her trademark pop music-meets-heartbreak style that will undoubtedly cement her status as one to watch.

Ahead of its release, the talented artist spoke to The Teen Magazine about the inspiration behind her music and the experiences that have helped her to become the creative powerhouse she is today.

New Music

Raine describes ‘Big Dumb Heart, Chapter 1’ as “a reflection on what I went through in high school”.

“It’s a story I never really got to finish telling,” she explains. “We revisited songs from about two years ago and brought them back to life. I’m very proud of how we figured out a way to tell my whole story.”

The first single to be released from the EP – ‘Stupid Cupid’ – is inspired by the feeling of wanting someone you can’t have. “I’ve been there, and it felt very defeating,” Jenna confesses, “I hope that this song provides comfort for those who have felt lonely.”

Stupid cupid why'd you do me like that? / Why'd you send me someone I can't have? / Stupid cupid when you crossed our stars, you broke my heart,” sings Raine as she ascends into a breathtaking crescendo.

The sense of emotion is palpable throughout the song’s passionate vocals and carefully constructed melody: from the electric guitar refrain, to minute details such as a subtle heartbeat in the pre-chorus.

The accompanying video also encapsulates this rollercoaster of teenage emotions through its vivid and authentic imagery. “Filming this music video was such a blast,” Raine says, “I always have the best time working with the incredibly talented Nayip Ramos - he is by far my favorite director that I have worked with.”

“My whole team is filled with people I genuinely enjoy spending time with, which makes filming music videos so special,” she adds.

Going Solo

Growing up in Dallas, Texas, Raine discovered her love for music at an early age. She began piano lessons in pre-school and drew inspiration from listening to the likes of Adele, Rihanna, and Britney Spears on her pink iPod.

“The thought of becoming a singer was so fascinating to my little brain,” she says, “I told my parents in elementary school I wanted to pursue music and work towards becoming a performer. I’ve been dreaming of these moments for as long as I can remember!”

These aspirations soon became a reality when she joined L2M - the former girl group comprised of fellow prodigies Tatiana McQuay, McKenzie Mack, Mariangeli Collado, and Lexi Drew. The band toured together and developed a substantial following – all of which, Raine says, helped her to prepare for a career in the music industry.

“I learned at least half of what I know during my time in L2M. Not only did I learn how to sing, but I was also given the opportunity to record in the studio, get dance lessons, and perform,” she reveals. “Looking back at it, I am so grateful for the experience and the girls who helped me become the person I am today.”

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In 2018, the group separated. And like the Harry Styles of One Direction or the Beyoncé of Destiny’s Child, Raine turned her attention to launching a solo career. She independently released a collection of singles and two full-length EPs, before the success of her viral TikTok hit ‘see you later (ten years)’ led to her signing with Warner Records in 2021 (more on that later).

A further raft of hit singles followed, including the cathartic anthem ‘Fumbled the Bag’, the empowering ‘Not Again’, and the romantic ballad ‘2%’ – which was inspired by the percentage of people who eventually marry their high school partner.

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So far, Raine’s solo career has also seen her work with two esteemed Grammy-winning producers: Nathan Chapman (who co-produced Taylor Swift’s first five studio albums) and Ryan Tedder (the lead singer of OneRepublic).

“Working with Nathan and Ryan has been an absolute dream. Not only are they unbelievably talented, but they are also amazing mentors,” Jenna explains, “I have learned many things from both of them that I will carry on into the rest of my career.”

'see you later (ten years)'

If you search ‘see you later (ten years)’ on TikTok you will find thousands of heart-wrenching videos soundtracked by this equally heart-wrenching original song. Its viral success propelled Raine’s career to new heights and the single (at the time of writing) has been streamed 95 million times on Spotify alone. So, how does it feel to write a song that has resonated with so many people?

“I know it’s cliche, but it means the world,” she replies, “My goal has always been to be a light for people. ‘see you later (ten years)’ has helped people heal in ways I couldn’t imagine. I’m so proud of this song and the growth it’s given me and others.”

What many people may not know, is that the song was initially inspired by a request from a fan. At the time, Raine had set herself a challenge to write one-hundred songs and had asked people to suggest potential topics. One fan asked for a song about finding the right person at the wrong time... and the rest is history.

In light of this, Jenna is keen to express her gratitude to everyone who has supported her: “I see my fans as friends. We have grown together, cried together, and laughed together. Growing closer to them is so heart-warming. I wouldn’t be where I am without their love and support.”

Three Wishes

Lastly, I asked some quick-fire questions about the rising star's hopes and dreams for the future...

1. Dream tour destination?

Australia

2. Dream collaboration?

Ed Sheeran

3. Dream music-related achievement?

A Grammy win would be crazy!

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Keep Up With Jenna

To stay up to date with all the latest, be sure to check out @itsjennaraine on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

'Big Dumb Heart, Chapter 1' is out now.

Sam Burton
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Sam Burton is the Managing Editor of Interviews at The Teen Magazine.

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