meet february's local artist
Updated: Feb 22, 2020
Our February 2020 spotlight is shining on Caitlin Jahn, a singer/songwriter originally from Pearland, Texas, who moved to Georgia and is now based out of Cumming, Georgia. Caitlin has a deep love for music, and a goal to always strive to make others a little happier.
I enjoyed learning more about Caitlin through our virtual interview!
What is your favorite genre of music to play?
All the sappy folk music.
Have you had any formal music training, or are you self-taught?
I took guitar and vocal lessons for a few years, but gradually transitioned into teaching myself. I’m also classically trained in choral disciplines.
Who is your biggest music influence?
Ken Yates is one of my biggest influences in terms of style. Kylie Odetta really helped me get things off the ground when I met her, though. She’s my hype girl and one of the biggest supporters of my musical endeavors outside of my family.
Do you have a favorite concert memory?
I have two favorite memories!
First, when I met Kylie Odetta and we became friends because I told her mom I was a single-pringle and she said, “Kylie says that”!
My second memory is when I met Laurel [Wright] from The Young Fables. I’ve made a lot of friends from going to local house concerts.
Who is your favorite musician or band?
Lady Antebellum is my favorite band, and I have a lot of favorite independent artists. Too many to name.
Do you have a favorite song? Or any song you have a special connection with?
My EP The Chaos and the Calm is an album full of songs I have connections with. There’s a long story associated with the EP and how it was written, and the songs are connected because they make up a chain of events that happened in my life with several people last year. I’d love to tell the story if anyone is actually interested in hearing it.
Outside of music, do you have any other talents or hobbies?
I’m pretty good at speaking Spanish, but I’m not sure if that counts. Other than that, a lot of my talents lie in music and my personality. People say I have a Mary Poppins demeanor, and I think that’s pretty cool.
How about your long-term life goals?
To make other people’s lives better. Whether that be through music or medicine (I want to be a doctor), or simply by being the person someone can lean on, the goal is always to make others a little happier.
What does music do for you personally and/or what do you think music can do for others, especially teenagers?
Music is my refuge when the world doesn’t make sense. Music is how I tune the hard times out, and, coincidentally, it’s also how I connect with people. People know me because of my involvement in, and my passion for, music. For others, I believe music can do a lot of the things it’s done for me. I am a firm believer that music is healing. Music is the best of both worlds: it combines the freedom of auditory expression and the catharsis of written word. To me, music is magical.
I appreciate Caitlin's connection with the power of music! She is always supportive of other local musicians, and many times you'll find her in the audience of local shows to support artists and bands. Her passion for music is truly apparent in her songs and her attitude.
Thanks to Caitlin for giving us a glimpse into her life and love of music! You can connect with Caitlin on Instagram, so make sure to give her a follow!