An Interview with Jennifer Knapp: Part 1

Beliefnet sits down with Jennifer Knapp to discuss music, creativity, and Twitter in an in-depth interview.

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Has this freedom changed the actual music itself in any way for you?

I really don’t think so. Others have argued that it has. I think I’m a little bit more relaxed now, in terms of if a song comes out and it’s a little bit on the more country side of it, which didn't really fly in the vain of what I was doing at CCM, if I had something that was kind of country, like a folk-related, I’d really try and push the top edge of it a little bit more than I might normally do, but I don't know. Now, I just kind of let the song be its own personality; because it’s not having to serve the beast, so to speak. It’s not having to -- Christian music is an interesting genre because it's the only genre that’s lyrically-based. You know what I mean?

Yes.

So you can have rap and country and folk, praise and worship music, whatever, but it’s all about -- it doesn't matter how you deliver it; it just matters what the content is inside of it. And it’s a whole other world, when you step outside of that. That’s not a requirement. The requirement’s to write an extremely good song that means something lyrically, and then, you’d have to be joined by very good music or you won’t survive. Nobody’s going to hang out and buy a ticket of me at the local pub if I don't play good music. And I can nail the lyric all day long, but if I deliver it poorly and they don't like the style, then they’re not going to show up.

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So who do you listen to?

That’s a good question. I’m actually not a big music listener, which is weird, apparently; or so I’m told. I really do tend to enjoy just about any artist who writes themselves; writes and performs their own music. And that’s anywhere from Eminem to Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman. But I listen to all kinds of stuff. Lately, I’ve been listening to the Sugarcubes and from the early nineties and -- I don't know. I was listening to a rock record the other day. I can't even remember what it was. That’s how bad of a condition I am in.

I totally understand.

It’s the way that I listen to music, I think, that varies from so many other people. Most of my friends have music on all the time. And I just don't listen that way. When I sit down and I listen to music, it’s an intense experience for me. So it’s not something that I take -- I can't have it as white noise. I get very -- I want to intensely pay attention to what’s going on. It’s a very personal experience for me. So if I don't have the time to sit down with a pair of headsets on, and just close my eyes and just get myself lost in it, I don’t -- that’s what I call listening to music. I don't get the time to do that very much.

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