Having grown up on the Texas-Oklahoma state line, Jenna Paulette is no stranger to a country lifestyle.
The Texas-born songstress knows her way around a ranch, can ride horseback and most of all, deliver sensational music.
Paulette has taken her unmatchable raw talent and placed it into a new hit titled “Country In The Girl.”
In an exclusive Celeb Secrets Country interview, Paulette shared that the addicting track came to fruition during a writing session for another song.
“I was in another song writing session and somebody said ‘Yeah you can put the something in the something but you can’t put the something in the girl’ and I was like ‘Oh my gosh country in the girl.’”
Flash forward a week later and Paulette was penning the soon to be hit with her fellow Sea Gayle writers.
“…So it kinda came from that and the whole song kinda fell out in about an hour and a half. Usually those are the ones i’ll walk out of the room, get the demo back and i’ll know immediately this is a me song and get super excited about it and get it all done as quickly as possible, but literally the day I got the demo back I was like ‘Ooh this feels really special’ and then did the TikTok, just throwing stuff at the wall, just hoping to see what would stick and it did.”
Posting preview snippets of her music has proven to gain immense traction for the blooming artist. Her previous song “F-150” has reached over a million views on the popular app TikTok, with “Country In The Girl” quickly following in those footsteps with over 298,000 views on TikTok and counting.
While listeners have already come to know and love the full song post its release, fans can anticipate even more excitement, as Paulette shares details on the pending music video. Paulette explains that the video, which features the singer-songwriter playing herself and a character who is essentially the opposite version of her, facilitates a story from start to end.
“It’s just story driven music and I miss it when somebody doesn’t tell the actual story in the music video or they get too artsy with it and I think fans love that too.”
Having a pulse on what fans love has proven to be one of Paulette’s many talents. Celeb Secrets Country sat down (virtually) with Paulette to talk about this incredible song, the behind the scenes process of the music video and Paulette’s headspace, as she sits on the brink of superstardom. Check out the full Q&A below to learn more about Jenna Paulette and her head-turning talents.
Celeb Secrets Country: You have recently released “Country In The Girl!” How are you feeling?
Jenna Paulette: “Great! Honestly, it’s the best first release i’ve ever had and so many people are saving it, so many people are sharing it and it’s just cool to see it resonate with people and go from me literally having nothing to post on TikTok to posting that and getting like hundreds of thousands of people saying ‘Please put this out.’ It’s just wild from conception to TikTok, to seeing it out in the world and having people be able to listen.”
CSC: Now let’s talk about that TikTok, since the song has been so well received but even before it got released you put a snippet of it out on TikTok and what was it like 2.5 million views?
JP: “Oh yes, that was for ‘F-150,’ but it has tailored over. There is like 289,000 on this one.”
CSC: Clearly you are so well received on TikTok. We can’t get enough of your music! What is going through your head when you’re posting these TikToks and you’re seeing the music get so well received at such a rapid rate?
JP: “Honestly it’s amazing and it’s life changing for artists because people discovering you on TikTok, it translates immediately to a listen. So, like ‘F-150,’ with that almost multi-million views on it turned into a hundred and fifty five listens on just Spotify, and that’s not even counting Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon and all of that.
It’s Incredible and it’s translating the same way for ‘Country In The Girl.’ I’m excited to put out more TikToks that lead people to the song as well and also for the video to come out because TikTok is such a skit driven platform and the video is me playing the blonde girl and myself, a day in the life of Jenna Paulette if I was ranching on a daily basis, versus what you think about what it’s like living in the country and that’s like the blonde me.”
CSC: Now I did see on your Instagram you had a post where you were going over some of the incredible numbers that have been amassing so quickly for this song, if you could put it into one emotion what would it be?
JP: “Oh my gosh! Just excitement because it’s like a direct line to the fans and you know what’s gonna work before it’s out almost. It’s just a cool world that we’re living in right now cause we’re not so much playing a guessing game anymore and it’s allowing that immediate reaction to fuel your reason why you are gonna put a song out, which it’s never been like that. It’s been becoming like that the last few years probably, but it’s really cool to watch it all kinda tell you what you’re supposed to do next.”
CSC: What inspired you to write “Country In The Girl?”
JP: “I was in another song writing session and somebody said, ‘Yeah you can put the something in the something but you can’t put the something in the girl,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh country in the girl.’
I went into my write that following week and my buddy Jeb was like ‘Jenna you got any ideas?’ and I was like ‘Well, I got this title country in the girl and I don’t know exactly what i’m gonna do with it yet” and Smith was like ‘Ugh, you can put the girl in the country but you can’t put the country in the girl’ and I was like ‘Oh my gosh.’
It is like the truest statement too and really if you are country or your not you understand it. I tried to do it in a way that was funny and not offensive to girls who are not from the country, so i’m hoping that I succeeded but most of the girls that are in my demographic or my fan base that have listened to it have like dm’d me and said ‘So triggered but im jamming this on the daily.’
So it kinda came from that and the whole song kinda fell out in about an hour and a half. Usually those are the ones i’ll walk out of the room and get the demo back and i’ll know immediately this is a me song and get super excited about it and get it all done as quickly as possible, but literally the day I got the demo back I was like ‘Ooh this feels really special’ and then did the TikTok, just throwing stuff at the wall, just hoping to see what would stick and it did.”
CSC: You recently signed with a global publishing deal Sea Gayle Music and co-wrote the song alongside some of Sea Gayle’s writers. What was that process like?
JP: “So I know both of those guys really really well and highly respect them, I mean they are like two of my really good friends in town. They get who I am, they get that I want to represent middle America and just the cowgirl and that way of life but I want to do it in a way that’s palatable for you know all of country music listeners to receive and get. Jeb and Smith, we just get along so good and it was just easy, it was just so easy and I found that most people at this company there just my kind of people, down to earth, nobody’s pretentious and to me that’s where the best country music is written because it comes from the real stuff and people that aren’t afraid to say the real stuff. Yeah, I just feel like I landed at the perfect place.”
CSC: I saw on your Instagram story two days ago that you were making some final edits on the music video! What can we anticipate?
JP: “So I always shoot my music videos like three at a time, so we got three songs coming out in the next couple of months, videos for all of them and “Country In The Girl.” We shot all of them at one of my friend’s places in Muenster, Texas, so it’s all like real Cowboys and you know people still exist that live that way on a daily basis. It’s crazy living in the city in Nashville people are like ‘No that doesn’t really happen anymore,’ I’m like, ‘No it does!’
So I called my buddy Eli because he had sent me some pictures of his family‘s place when we shot my stuff with Boot Barn in 2019 in the fall and he was like ‘Hey Jenna if you ever wanna shoot a music video and don’t wanna use your place again feel free to come use ours here’s all these pictures,’ and I was like ‘Shoot it looks like a freaking movie set at his place,’ and then 2020 happened and nobody was sure what life was gonna look like and when music was gonna get going again. So I texted him probably two months ago, right after we got out of the studio, and was like, ‘Eli — y’all’s place still good to be use or like what?’ and he was like, ‘Oh yeah come on girl.’
So we just rounded up all of his buddies, people who have helped us before. I love using real cowboys because you can tell when and there’s so many cute ones out there! So the “Country In The Girl” video was the third video we shot and I was kind of nervous cause it was so rainy that morning and I was like ‘Are we even going to get sunshine?,’ and the sun started peaking out through the clouds and it was beautiful.
Then what we did was just tell the story from beginning to end with me being the real me and seeing blonde hair flying out a shotgun window and playing out the whole song, cause I love country music for that reason. It’s just story driven music and I miss it when somebody doesn’t tell the actual story in the music video or they get too artsy with it and I think fans love that too.
So I was making breakfast, you know like eggs and bacon, and all that stuff and then sat on my horse, getting on and going to gather with all the guys and we also kind of wanted to make statement about that because you know girls can go out and cowboy too and really be helpful in a gathering situation and any work you do on a ranch. It’s literally me and seven guys on horseback it’s kind of epic in that way and then I also play like the girlfriend, so we just put like a ridiculous long blonde wig on me and I couldn’t fish, and get real mad when he dips and ya know don’t how to get on a horse and all of that stuff. We just told the story and I think it came out really funny which I’ve never done a funny music video before and that was extremely fun for me.”
CSC: Since we’re Celeb Secrets, can you tell us a behind the scenes secret about this new song that fans wouldn’t know just by hearing it?
JP: Yes! My dad, he was away on business but I had to get out one of his fishing poles and I don’t think he has used this pole in a long time. The line was like the lightest line on the face of the planet, which just means that it breaks easy, and it was either just extremely light lined or its been sitting in the garage for so long you could just like break it like a piece of hair. It was so bad but I didn’t check it and he tells me before I leave ‘Okay, I put my 20 year old lucky lure on there don’t lose it,’ and I’m like ‘Okay dad, cool I’ll be careful.’ I’m not thinking that there’s any way it’s coming off of of the line and or at least not unless it was like in a fishes mouth and I lost it that way, but I didn’t even catch a fish, I literally just slung my cast out here and that lure just flung out into the middle of the pond and I was like ‘You have got to be kidding me.’
I was freaking out and then the guy that played the boyfriend in it had a buddy named Will who came to the rescue and literally threw his clothes off, had his shorts on, swam out into the pond and got my dad’s lucky lure back. And I haven’t told my dad.”