LAUREN JENKINS OFFERS REFLECTIVE CONFESSION WITH "NO SAINT"
Lauren Jenkins has never shied from exposing her virtues or vices through a self-reflective catalogue of songs. Yet, today, she releases the most private assertion to date in the form of "No Saint." As the title track to her forthcoming debut album (out March 15, 2019 on Big Machine Records), "No Saint" was cathartic for Jenkins as she came to terms with true feelings of her own humanity. She admits the lyrics are "a confession to the fact that I am flawed, and at times broken. A confession to being unable to forgive the person I loved, after all that had happened between us... that sometimes loving someone hurts like hell."
Jenkins co-penned "No Saint" alongside Ingrid Andress, and also co-produced the track with Grammy Award-winning producer Julian Raymond and executive producer Scott Borchetta. Having the idea on her mind for a while, Jenkins teamed up with Andress for the final product. "It took all night and a few bottles of wine, but there was this incredible feeling of closure as the sun came up and the song was finished," Jenkins explains. "I was exhausted from staying up all night writing, crying and laughing, but I also felt a sense of peace because I just said everything I needed to say." While draining emotionally, the sentiment is actually about uplifting each other and sharing the pain as a form of connection -- a reminder we are all in this together. "I think at the end of the day, we are all a little damaged, a little broken - and we all make mistakes. I wrote 'No Saint' to shed light on the darkness and to remind myself that it's okay that I'm not perfect."
Accompanying the song is a First Look Video that teases the full concept of a forthcoming short film Jenkins both created and stars in titled Running Out of Road. The film sets her music and passion for storytelling against the backdrop of the American West. The trailer premiered last month at Variety's Music for Screens Summit and can be viewed here.
In addition to the title track, Jenkins previously released other album cuts – "Give Up the Ghost" and "Maker's Mark & You." As one of the 10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week, Rolling Stone proclaimed "’Give Up the Ghost’ mixes Jenkins' powerful pipes with an arrangement that wouldn't be out of place on a Carrie Underwood record." Meanwhile, Refinery29 selected "Maker's Mark & You" as New Music You Need to Know This Week, calling her delivery as "musically so damn good and, well, pure."