Tonight Alive's Jenna McDougall is in The Rock Sound 50 - our list of the most influential, inspiring people in our scene.
In this extract from this month's Rock Sound magazine, she reveals after a series of personal and musical awakenings, she's bounced back more fearless than ever.
WITH THIRD ALBUM ‘LIMITLESS’, YOU’VE TAKEN SOME HUGE CREATIVE RISKS. WHAT INSPIRED THOSE? “I’ve always loved artists who do whatever the fuck they want, and find success through that. For a long time I felt an inner conflict, wondering, ‘Who am I really doing this for?’
"We wanted to take the band further and reach more people, but the circumstances around that were compromising my artistry. Lying to yourself always feels shit, so I decided to completely embrace and own who I am.
"Instead of trying to fit the mould, I want to break it. Everything has changed – the music, the shows, even the photoshoots – because my only rule now is, ‘No more rules.’ It’s so freeing.”
HOW HAS THAT ETHOS INFLUENCED YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE? “You have to grant yourself confidence and self-love, because no one else can give you those gifts. It’s easy to be afraid of things that aren’t conventional, so I want to show people an example of someone following their dreams regardless of fear.
"The ‘How Does It Feel?’ video is a good example. That was me saying that I don’t have to be what’s considered ‘conventionally attractive’ or even feminine – I can be whatever I want. There are things that I’ll no longer accept in my relationships with other people, or with myself. When I look in the mirror, I don’t allow old thinking patterns to get in the way of enjoying life.”
Read Jenna's full, revealing interview and meet the rest of The Rock Sound 50 in this month's Rock Sound magazine, available to order worldwide!