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With musical influences like Regina Spektor,
Allison Weiss and such legendary icons as Elvis Presley
and Johnny Cash, 14-year-old Jenna Noel Pope’s passion
for music is astounding. First performing at Beans &
Strings’ open talent show, now a Friday night event,
Pope received such a positive response from patrons that
she was given the opportunity to play her first solo gig at
the local coffee shop in downtown Moultrie last month.
“My whole world has changed,” Pope says. She says
she is constantly listening and writing.
“I observe people a lot,” says Pope. “There’s so much
that I write on napkins in the car and gum wrappers in
church.” She describes her writing process as “hypnotic”
and says that when she has the opportunity to compile
the napkins and gum wrappers, she writes them in her
red notebook and her music comes to life.
She taught herself to play the guitar, the same guitar
her sister once used as a child and later discarded. She
says that even before her local debut, her biggest
supporter was her sister Jolie.
“She has been my main source of encouragement,”
says Pope. “And I appreciate her a great deal.” She also
says the support of her family has been important, as
well as the support from Eric and Vanessa Foster-Whid-
don, the coffee shop’s owners. Pope says her favorite
composition is “A No-named Song,” a tribute to her
parents.
Music isn’t the only thing that Pope is passionate
about. She says she also enjoys photography and soft-
ball. In her spare time, she says she enjoys walking to
her nearest relatives for a visit. Although she is home-
schooled, she says she doesn’t have as much free time as
one might think. However, she says she does try to
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