Singled Out: Jennell's This One's For You
From October of 2014 through February of 2015, my family and I went through a very difficult time. We lost my Grandpa and a few very close friends all within about a week of each other. In late October, my Grandpa and Grandma drove out from Wyoming (where I was born and raised) to Nashville to visit me for the week. We had an amazing time together and I was able to show them my new home (in Nashville). Unfortunately my Grandpa didn't make it all the way back to Wyoming. He passed away on the drive back. I was very close to my grandparents growing up, as they just lived five minutes away. Losing him was the worst thing I have ever experienced, especially after just spending such a great week with him. However, I am so thankful we were able to have spent that time together. As I previously mentioned, around that same week that we lost my grandpa, we lost two other really close family friends... it was a tidal wave of unfortunate life circumstances that we were all dealing with. It was really hard watching everyone go through so much pain. I just felt helpless.
Originally when I went into the writing session with my friend/cowriter Ryan Sorestad, I had wanted to write a song for my grandpa called "This One's For You." When we were in that tiny writers room at NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), we started talking about loss and all the struggles we were both facing. We discussed how awful it is that no matter what is going on in your life, you still have to wake up, go to work, be a mom or dad, a wife or a husband, a friend, and put on a happy face, while on the inside you are completely broken. "Everyone's got their own story, holding on to the hard times, just living day by day trying to keep it together on the outside." Time doesn't stand still and life doesn't stop just because you are going through a hard time. You have to keep going. We decided that this is what our song should be about. Through deep and heavy verses, to an upbeat chorus, we are letting the world know, that no matter how bad it gets, you aren't alone in your sorrow. We have all experienced some form of tragedy and we are here for you. Don't be afraid to ask for help. "All you want is a little peace but you're fighting your own war, just keep on knocking and you'll find an open door." We won't let you fall. "This one's for you, when your back's up against the wall, this one's for you, when you feel like you're going to fall, don't be afraid, just look around, we won't let you hit the ground, this one's for you." This one's for you.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!