Recently I interviewed Jessica-Jade about her career to date and EP release, following that I received said EP in the mail and have been playing it on repeat ever since. Originally it was to block out the sound of Cars and The Lion King (both of which are beautiful movies I love, but am just a little bit over), once Master 3 changed rooms and eventually crashed out I kept hitting play as the EP finished.
I am now on listen through, I don’t know, 7 or 8 and I’m enjoying it. Not done to death yet so that’s a great sign and I am agreeing with Jessica-Jade that it’s not easy to choose which genre box to tick. There is a country feel at times, as well as a pop sensibility, and times that had me wanting to jump up and rock out. I think Jessica-Jade summed it up perfectly below.
“I’m not really trying to be the next anyone. I’m just being the first me,” says Jessica-Jade.
The lyrics are catchy and I am getting close to singalong stage now, which may be a good thing for me but I’m not sure that anyone in hearing range would agree.
Country Music Association of Australia’s Producer of the Year Matt Fell, who has worked with the likes of Slim Dusty, Troy Cassar-Daly, Tim Freedman and Josh Pyke, and co-producer Sam Hawksley helped Jessica-Jade make her dream of recording in Nashville a reality.
Knowing that Jessica-Jade was a part of the Tamworth Country Music College of Australia and made it to the grand final of the Telstra Road to Tamworth certainly had me expecting a much stronger country vein to this EP, and a less enjoyable listen because country isn’t really my thing. Except that when I think about it, some of the country/pop crossover that’s popular has been quite enjoyable.
Jessica-Jade has taken experiences and situations from her life and used them to inspire lyrics that are touching and memorable. I think I’ve embedded them now and will be singing Goodbye for the next week. The artists who have inspired her are quite diverse in their sounds but all share the characteristic of being powerful female vocalists, including Alanis Morrisette, Sheryl Crow, Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. Powerful vocalists with a diverse sound – yep that sounds like Jessica-Jade to me.
Toe-tapping feel good melodies that range from quite mellow to belted out lyrics this is an EP that I’m sure I’ll be listening to regularly and I’m pleased to have been exposed to.
The Steps We Took is available from iTunes and if you want to connect with Jessica-Jade she can be found at:
Someone Else’s Dream
Where Ever You Go
When The Lights Come Down
Wish You Were Here