Grosse Pointe's Paulina Jayne is a student of the music business. For real.
Jayne, who got her country music career rolling as a teenager, is in her second year studying the music business at Belmont University in Nashville. "I want to counteract anything that may come my way as an artist or a songwriter," she explains by phone from her parents' home. "It's just a good thing for me to know that whole side of it."
But rest assured that being an artist is still Jayne's top priority. Down in Nashville she continues to work with producer Trey Bruce and will be distributing download cards at this weekend's Saint Andrews Hall show that will allow fans to sample some of her new music. She played a show in Nashville during October, and Jayne is also in discussions with some publishing companies; one, in fact, is moving forward enough that she'll be doing some trial writing with some of the publisher's other artists.
"I'm always writing, whether it's just a melody here or there or a few songs that could potentially become something," says Jayne, 20, a graduate of Grosse Pointe South High School. "There's definitely a stable of songs I would like for people to hear and maybe have others' sing 'em. Not everything I write is something I would like to perform. It would be the greatest honor if somebody wanted to sit down and learn my song and put it out."
She is, however, convinced that she's in the right place to take move her career forward.
"Nashville is such a lively city," Jayne says. "It's so vibrant and colorful and there's so many different and interesting personalities down there. It makes you want to write these quirky songs just about the city and the people that are in it.
And seeing the work ethic of these other writers and artists down there is incredibly inspirational in so many ways. If I didn't find inspiration there I would wonder if there's something wrong with me."
A Very Country Christmas featuring Paulina Jayne, Daniel Harrison & the $2 Highway and Audrey Ray.
Sunday, Dec. 27. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
Tickets are $10.
Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.