Ahna Jennings is an Americana singer/songwriter from Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, and the newly announced winner of the 2021 Jimmy LaFave Songwriter Contest with her song “Hope & Gasoline”. “Her haunting voice and painfully honest, soul-baring lyrics combined with the progressive, yet rootsy, artistry of the group creates a timeless, anachronistic vibe.”(ahnajennings.com)
How did you get started?
Well I started playing fiddle at age two. I played in an orchestra with much older players and that really challenged me. I think that shaped me into the musician I am today.
Did you always want a career in music?
Not always, but as I got older and started playing more that’s all I wanted to do….play music.
What is your role in the music industry?
I’m a singer/songwriter and I also do a bit of booking.
What is your most recent success?
I recently won the Jimmy LaFave Songwriting Contest! I was up against two incredibly talented and seasoned musicians who are just amazing songwriters. I had just started writing about four years ago so I was just shocked that I had won the overall contest.
What is your favorite Oklahoma music venue?
I would have to say the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. That was the place I got acquainted with so many wonderful people and musicians. The Hall just has this amazing vibe and homey feel.
Can you share what Oklahoma organizations have contributed to your success?
The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame has been a huge contributor to what success I have. Just being around those crazy good musicians…..iron sharpens iron.
How can we follow you?
I have a website (ahnajennings.com) I also have all the other socials like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all whose handles are Ahna Jennings. You can follow me to get all of my upcoming show dates. I also have an album coming out this year and that will be available on all streaming platforms.
Advice for someone interested in working in the music industry?
Don’t expect to get rich! All jokes aside, do what you want to do, you’re the only person holding yourself back.
What are some of the benefits of having a music career in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma is just very music driven and full of so many talented people. It also has so many great venues to play.