Bricktown Records recording artist Miss Jenny Goforth is a rising star in country music and in the ATA. As a 1st Degree Black Belt in the Leadership program at Lee's ATA Black Belt Academy in Brentwood, Tennessee, she is also a skillful assistant instructor and program director, instructed by Mr. Albert Lee, 4th Degree Black Belt. Miss Goforth began martial arts training three years ago and has pursued it with intensity, even earning a State Championship title in Weapons last year. When she's not in the do-jahng working out, helping teach classes, or meeting with new students, she is usually writing, rehearsing, recording, or performing on-stage.
Now Miss Goforth has kicked it up a notch, releasing her debut EP "Running Red Lights", distributed by Bricktown Records. It's the realization of a dream turned into a goal and earned through hard work and self-discipline, not to mention a beautiful talent. Success in the music business is reached in the same way that success in Taekwondo is achieved: focus, sincere effort and perseverance.
"I'm so grateful to ATA and Mr. Lee for the principles he teaches every day in his classes," Miss Goforth says. "I try to apply those principles not only when I'm at the do-jahng, but also in my every day living, including my music career. I've learned to not give up. If doors close you have to recognize that there's a reason. You have the choice to push it open or change directions, but quitting is not an option! This is one of the great things everyone learns in the ATA Leadership Program."
The new four-song EP crosses genres – blues, country, rock, Motown – and centers around real life circumstances. The title track "Running Red Lights" is a fun, upbeat song that will be her first music video. "Hurricane Jane" showcases her soulful voice and talent on the harmonica, while "Show Me A Woman" and "Still Smiling" reveal a heartfelt side. "My main goal for this recording was to stay true to me and create great, authentic music," she says.
Miss Goforth met the man who would become her album's producer, award-winning producer/songwriter Mr. Dale Oliver, at ATA after her instructor played some of her music for him in the school one day. Miss Goforth wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on "Running Red Lights", including two songs on which she collaborated with Mr. Oliver.
The new album is surely a major milestone but it is nowhere near the end. As in martial arts, the achievement of one goal is the start of another! Tour dates are being filled and will be announced later this year. "I'm very excited to get out on the road and play live for my fans. Music is in my bones; it's in my soul. I can't deny it or contain it. Music moves me in every way," says Miss Goforth. "It's been a long road to here," she says, "but I'm just getting started. I have never been more fired up and excited to share my music. I have never been more certain of who I am."
WTTU/ATA/STF congratulates Miss Jenny Goforth on the great successes of her artistic pursuits to date, and wishes her many more in the future.
Photos by John Mark Painter / Album Cover design by Cory Basil