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Indeed, Jennifer’s experiences of sharing stages with New Kids On The Block, Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight (and that’s just a few of the guys with ‘b’s’ in their names) more than speaks for itself. Yet in spite of the spotlight burning bright for so long, the transition to instantaneous adult fame didn’t happen quite like she had hoped, let alone to the stratospheric degrees of fellow Mouseketeers Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Keri Russell and JC Chasez.
After her unconditionally supportive mother suddenly died of a heart attack when she and Jennifer were having lunch (on Father’s Day no less) Jennifer’s increasingly fractured life was sent into an absolute tailspin of insecurity and loss. Though Jennifer can now look back with the perspective of experience and strength found from reclaiming her childhood faith, such an empowering approach took much of her twenties and into her early thirties to navigate.
“I am a church girl who slipped through the cracks on so many levels, but after so much pain from a multitude of situations in my life, I’m finally at a place where I’m ‘Fearless,’” as one of the bold songs on her 2017 album ‘Unbreakable’ so proudly proclaims. “Setting those situations to cool, fun pop songs is the best way I know to help others and hopefully I can save other people the time so they don’t have to learn what all that is like on their own. I am the embodiment of a warrior princess who found that when I finally gave up any need for fame is when those opportunities starting coming back to me. After I let it all go and started a period of growth and rebuilding, God led me into the right time to get my message across.”
Continues Jennifer: “So many of us put borders on ourselves and I think for women especially there’s this idea that you’re past your expiration date, when you hit a certain age, which in my case was only compounded with the celebrity comparisons I used to put on myself. I use my music to paint pictures of old hurts and old mistakes, but also to show I came out on the other side, not just surviving but thriving. I am a true believer that as long as you are breathing, you are never past your prime of purpose! My lifelong goal is to inspire and encourage others that we never have to go into life’s spiritual battles alone.”