Singer/songwriter Savannah Jaine wants to perform for you. Just name the time and the place.
Originally from Florida, Savannah considers Oklahoma City her adoptive home. And it’s here where she has written and recorded her debut single, “Maybe Love,” released last month via iTunes and other digital distribution outlets. So far, the feedback has been positive and, more important, encouraging.
“I can’t check to see sales until the next quarter, but I’ve heard from people that they bought it, then they made their friends buy it, so that’s really awesome,” Jaine said. “I’m excited to see how well it’s doing.”
She said she believes the track works so well because it encapsulates a relatable feeling: first love.
“I think that’s a really great time in everybody’s life, and I hope that ‘Maybe Love’ brings those warm and fuzzy feelings alive in everyone,” she said. “I know that’s really cheesy ... but it’s a good kind of cheesy.”Drawing inspiration from such Top 40-friendly artists as Regina Spektor, Brandi Carlile and Jason Mraz, Jaine described her music as “indie pop.”
“It’s eclectic. I write everything and play piano myself, so it’s acoustic, but it’s different than what you’d normally hear from a singer/songwriter,” Jaine said. “Every song that I write is an experience that I’ve had. It’s not fake or made up in any way; it’s all some thing that’s happened to me or someone I know.”
For her, music has been a lifelong love affair. Playing piano as a child, she started writing her own songs at age 11.
“It just came naturally,” she said. “Now at 22, I realize it’s the only thing I’m really good at. Hopefully, something big will come from it.”
Until that big break comes, however, she spends most of her free time working on her upcoming album, Unbreakable, the first of four planned EPs — a difficult process, but ultimately rewarding. Returning to her adopted roots has served as a constant reminder to keep her songs original and honest.
“[Being an Oklahoman] has really helped me have a country aspect, like a down-home, ‘real’ aspect,” she said, “while growing up in Florida was so different, so suburban and just not really artsy at all. There’s a lot of really great little art towns, little musical towns that I love here, to sing and play in here that keep me inspired. I just love to meet people, to hear their stories. That always influences my writing, as well.”