Jenny will be competing at The FxEctive Factor as well as playing another set at the Performance Stage of the event. Here’s Jenny’s song entry for The FxEctive Factor – enjoy!
How long have you been vegan?
Ooh… Umm. About 3 years? I didn’t put a date on it. It just sort of happened. I was raised vegetarian so it was not quite as big a transition as it may have been for other people.
What’s the most important reason for you to be vegan?
Not contributing to the horrendous animal suffering that is going on right now. They are not ‘stock’, they are living, feeling beings. The environmental side is very important to me too and it is all interlinked (but you don’t need to see much footage of what’s going on in slaughterhouses to know that it is wrong).
What are some of your main musical influences?
I was obsessed with Eva Cassidy when I was younger and still love her. I trained as a classical pianist and the piano is often central to my music. On the other hand, I have lead a gospel choir and musical theatre choirs in the past and have been told that some of this can be heard in my music.
Who is your favourite current vegan personality/celebrity/activist, and why?
I’ve been inspired by authors like Carol J Adams who wrote the book ‘The Sexual Politics of Meat’. She helped me seal the deal on the fact that my veganism, my feminism and my care about human rights not only stems from the same place but is completely interrelated. People who are fighting injustice and oppression should work together. I would recommend reading her book.
I also love Evanna Lynch because what could be better than to have Dumbledore’s Army onside?
If you could pick one musician to go vegan, who would it be? Don’t forget to include why!
Someone huge like Justin Timberlake or Ed Sheeran. We’ve already got famous people like Miley Cyrus on board but the bigger the better – let’s make compassion mainstream.
Explain in approximately 100 words why you have written/chosen this song, and what it means to you.
I wrote my masters dissertation on the importance of intersectionality. It was titled ‘Contextualising oppression: music and the fight for animal rights’ and it was where I stumbled into the writing of Carol J Adams and connected it with writing I had learnt from before (such as bell hooks ‘Outlaw Culture’). My song ‘dots’ was born out of that really. It is about connecting progressive thoughts together and being kind to all living beings.
Whats your message to people thinking about going vegan?
Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer
The Sexual Politics of Meat – Carol J Adams
Farmageddon – Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott
‘“Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner”. Vegetarians, Meat-Eaters and the Negotiation of Familial Relationships.’ LuAnne K. Roth (for insight into why people react the way they do when you first ‘come out’ as a vegan).