From the dreamy, confessional indie-rock that fills her newest release, Bad Actor, to the bluegrass and old-time roots music that soundtracked her upbringing in small-town Pennsylvania, Jen Starsinic has spent much of her 20s in a whirl of evolution. She’s been a frontwoman, a side musician, a songwriter, and a top-tier instrumentalist. As her music has deepened and diversified, so has her understanding of her own emotional makeup. Bad Actor shines a light on a period of personal and musical growth, reintroducing Starsinic as a songwriter whose folk roots have blossomed into something bigger, bolder, and far more amplified.
“This record is really about learning to face ingrained, self-destructive habits with compassion, understanding, and genuine curiosity about where they came from, accompanied with accountability,” she says. “It’s about learning to admit to yourself that you’re not being who you really are, and allowing yourself to change.”
Meanwhile, the empowering themes of Bad Actor parallel Starsinic’s work with Girls Write Nashville, a non-profit organization that she co-founded in 2017. Launched as a mentorship program for teenage girls, Girls Write Nashville has provided creative musical experiences to almost 100 young female artists since its inception, encouraging those girls to identify and unleash their creative voices. It’s an organization rooted in many of the same tenets that fuel Starsinic’s own art, and it’s given her the chance to encourage the unabridged artistic development of the next generation of women.
DittyTV is happy to offer the world premiere video for Starsinic’s song “Cold” here, and then tune in Wednesday night, Feb. 19, for the DittyTV Debut at 11/10c on The Curve.