Waconia native is living the dream

Jenn Bostic, a 2004 Waconia High School graduate who’s pursuing a career in music, is no stranger in this community — and recent career highlights suggest the rest of the world is getting to know her, too.
The 26-year-old Bostic, who’s perhaps best known for her song “Jealous of the Angels,” performed on the famed Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville, Tenn., in December and has watched “Angels” skyrocket up the charts in the United Kingdom in recent months. She won five 2012 Independent Country Music Association Awards, including Overall Winner, and on top of all that, she just finished a North American tour.
“I feel incredibly blessed and am anxious to see what 2013 holds,” said Bostic, who is receiving a lot of the attention thanks to “Angels,” which she wrote as a tribute to her father.
“When I was 10 years old, I was in a tragic car accident that unfortunately took my dad with it,” Bostic explained. “He was the first person to ever encourage me to play music, and after I lost him I felt that playing music was the only way I could still connect with him and truly express my emotions.”
Bostic said she turned to song writing as a form of therapy but it wasn’t until after 15 years of grieving that she sat down and wrote “Angels” with Jimmy Fortune and Zach Runquist.
“That night I kept saying, ‘I want to know that my dad’s proud of me,’” she said. “When I got home that night I prayed and asked God for a sign that my dad was watching me, and that he was proud.”
After offering that prayer nightly for two straight months, Bostic finally got the sign she was looking for.

To read the rest of the story, see the Jan. 10 Waconia Patriot.