Interview with Jade Alston | Edition XIX.5
• Performing Artist •
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa
Location: Philadelphia, Pa
Describe your sound as if we were deaf
My music combines my smooth, soulful Toni Braxton, Anita Baker-ish voice with modern, mainstream Hip-Hop/R&B beats to make songs that tell the real stories about living as a single woman. The lyrics are honest & relatable while the sounds are fresh & interesting to the ear.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
I love how Kanye West has is own fresh, soulful sound crafted just for him. I also love how Drake’s lyrical content is completely relatable. I love Mary J’s honesty & homegirl persona. These are people are my inspirations and they are also people I’d love to work with.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
My favorite musical project thus far is my “Single On A Saturday Night” EP. Its tells the story of me being newly single. I especially love it because it’s a well rounded body of work. I think fans & music lovers will appreciate that quality about the project.
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
I had been working behind the scenes as a writer and I was ready to try some things on my own. I started by recording remixes to some of my favorite songs on my laptop and sharing them with only a few people. The response was so great that it encouraged me to be serious about making my own music.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
Id love to work with the people I listed above as well as John Mayer, Sade, Andre 3000, Corrine Bailey Rae, and anyone else who is a fearless, creator of great music! Lol…
How is the internet changing your craft?
The internet has been the biggest connector between me, my music & my new fans. I can easily log on to a social network & share my work with thousands of people…instantly! Its amazing.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
I do. My goal is bigger than me. My goal is to remind people to feel, so that when they listen to the music, not only are they entertained but are connected with their emotions about life & situations life can bring (maybe channeled specifically through the life situation the song talks about). My hope is that listeners will become more in touch with the people that they are and overcome some of the day-to-day monotony of what they do.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
My long term goal is simple. I want to make a good living through making music that has a positive impact on the world.