Corinna Jane is a singer and songwriter who did most of her growing up in Northamptonshire. Known mostly for her pop-rock style [see her ‘Hard In Love’ EP from 2015, for example], in recent times she’s dabbled in dance music, collaborating with renowned DJ Mark ‘Oh. Their single ‘That Feeling’ has just been released, already racking up over 40,000 hits on Spotify. Time then for New Boots to catch up for a chat…
Tell us about your upbringing. How did you get into music and begin singing?
I was born in Germany and lived there until I was eight years old. My mother is French and my father is British. I think music was always going to be in my blood, particularly seen as my father named me after a Bob Dylan song called ‘Corinna Corinna’! I owe all my love for music to my father. He would play piano and we would have singsong sessions; a particular favourite was ‘Streets Of London’ by Ralph McTell, which my guitarist and I have since covered on YouTube for sentimental reasons. This is when I began to start picking out melodies by ear as a toddler. MTV and knock-off tapes from his travels to China were other contributing things that my father would subject me to. However the desire to really want to become a singer-songwriter came from having seen Sheryl Crow on MTV and wanting to be as cool as her!
How did you get to work with German producer Mark ‘Oh?
Getting to work with Mark ‘Oh was a very luck twist of fate! He and his team discovered me on Soundcloud. They found it quite amusing that they specifically wanted to get a British singer, only to find that I spent my formative years in Germany and spoke the language fluently! I was very excited to work with him, as he’s a well-known DJ out there whose career has spun over twenty years, with a few number 1’s under his belt. They flew me out a couple of times and we worked on numerous tracks (some that are yet to be released), but this one was the one that had something about it that we knew was a bit of an ear worm – or “Ohrwurm”, as the Germans say [in fact we stole that term from the Germans!]
Tell us about ‘That Feeling’.
‘That Feeling’ is a very uptempo melodic dance track. For me it was particularly enticing to work with a genre that wasn’t what I had typically done before. Usually those who follow me know me to be a piano-driven, pop-rock kind of singer songwriter, but this was tapping into a different side. Mark ‘Oh and I wrote a catchy melody and I was keen to tell a simple romantic, yet relatable story. At the time of writing it, I was quite infatuated with a guy and for me it was a song of hope and just depicting “that feeling” you get when you are falling for someone. The sense of comfort and feeling safe when you’re with them.
Will you do more of this dance-orientated work in the future do you think?
I’d love to do more dance tracks. We’ve got another track coming out in the future, but I’ve also been approached by some other DJs to work on their tracks – so it’s quite an exciting new venture!
Most favourite and least favourite thing about the Northamptonshire music scene?
My favourite thing has to be the talent there. We are actually home to a lot of talented artists like Will Rogers, Hannah Faulkner, Greg Coulson and of course Billy Lockett, who is doing tremendously well now! I guess the downside to our music scene is that there isn’t enough to cater for us. Venues have closed down, some are more like clubs now than gig venues. Plus the public need to support musicians more by actually going to the shows! I guess this is the reason why many of us, like myself, have moved to London recently to seek more opportunities.
What plans do you have for 2019?
Solo wise I will be gigging across London and releasing some unreleased material that I’ve been sitting on. I’m currently making plans to shoot a music video/short film around my song ‘The Train’ – something glamorous and cinematic. This is a seed of an idea that I’m developing with some people, which will result in a crowd funding campaign. Aside from music I’m also a travel presenter, and we are about to launch a brand new travel show – stay tuned for that!
‘That Feeling’ is out now across all digital platforms. Visit https://www.corinnajane.com