Hello Jade! Thank you for speaking with me today!
Tell us about your latest release!
I am super excited to release new music. This will be the first project I put out since 2019 so my team and I have been taking our time to really cultivate my new sound and make it a great track. I am gonna be releasing 2 singles soon. One is called. "RUM" and the other is "11:34 (I'm Fine)". One is about rejecting love that you don't want and the other is about being vulnerable and expressing your honest feelings when people ask. A release date has not been confirmed yet but I can't wait for you to hear it! What was the creative process for it?
Both songs are based on real-life experiences. For "RUM" I was at dinner with my best friends catching up after not seeing them for what felt like forever. Now people who are really close to me know I can be more on the reserved side but sometimes I am bold. I wore this blazer with a cropped tube top and matching pants with heels. When we were walking out an older man stopped us and called over to me and asked if I would like to join him for coffee. I told him no of course but he persisted and I felt uncomfortable. My friends were even like "what the heck?!" when we left. I knew that this was something many women experience when they go out. So I wrote RUM to be a way to express that no means no. 11:34 (I'm Fine) was written about how I've felt over the last 2 years. I have always struggled to express my honest opinions and thoughts. Because of that, I find it difficult to be vulnerable. Music has always been the easiest way to express the words I couldn't say so I wrote a song about it and I kept it in my vault of songs. I sang it for my team for the first time and I cried. I wrote this one hoping that other people who feel like they can't express themselves or feel they need permission to, have a way to express it now! This is their permission. I finally gave myself permission. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Growing up Beyonce was who I wanted to be like one day. I'm pretty sure I sang "If I were a boy" at every talent show, choir concert, or for anyone who would listen. She is definitely someone who inspired me from a young age. Even with her time in Destiny's Child, I wanted to sing and dance on stage like them. As I got older Tinashe is another big influence of mine. I love that she is truly herself despite what others, or the industry, wants of her. She just creates what she loves which is what I hope to do with my music as well. I loved that she was a young black woman, who sang, danced, and produced. She is the reason I got serious about learning how to produce. I then started building up my home studio little by little. Who would be a dream collaboration for you?
I have 2! The First would be Tinashe which I'm sure is no surprise now. The second is Kim Taeyeon. She is a South Korean Rnb/Pop Artist and I am quite literally her biggest fangirl! I love her music and she is an amazing performer. I would love to perform with both of these amazing women one day. Do you have a piece of advice you carry with you that you like to pass on to other musicians?
Let your passion for the music be greater than your fear. This is something I tell myself a lot lately and I know it's difficult at times but I hope this can help someone who feels stuck or scared to pursue their music. Any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for?
Stay tuned for "RUM" and "11:34 (I'm Fine)" coming soon! Please let everyone know where they can keep up with you and your music!
If you wanna be up to date on when they will be released, you can follow me on all socials at @jadeinthelife !
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