How did you ladies meet and become “Jelly”?
Jelly formed when Jennie invited her friend Yume to a weekly Kpop dance exercise class. Later, Yume invited her friend Emily to join our group. Our love for music and Kpop in general led to the idea of creating our own band made up of powerful women who can do it all: marriage, motherhood, and work.
How did you come up with the trio name “Jelly” & whats the meaning of the name?
The name Jelly was inspired by our initials J, E, and Y. We added two Ls which stand for “love” and “life”. Our initials plus the two Ls create Jelly. Jelly has a lot of different meanings for us. It means to be preserved, and staying young, fresh, and sweet no matter the age. Jelly is also a new way of saying dope, cool, sweet, or awesome.
Can you tell us a little something about each of you?
Jennie is the leader of our group. She is Korean-American and has two kids: Ryan and Kayla, aged eleven and nine. She is married to Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon David E. Kim. She loves to cook, bake, and travel. She is also into fashion, because she sees fashion as wearable art. Jennie is a supporter of Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.
Yume was born in Tokyo and raised in Los Angeles. She has two children: Maddi and Yuto, aged six and three. Yume and her husband, Jimmy Han own a number of business and projects, one of them being Beer Belly. This fierce mom loves tennis and photography. Yume is environmentally conscious, supports animal rights, and is an active feminist.
Emily, of Korean descent, was born and raised in Los Angeles. She is the mother of two daughters Kylie and Reed, aged five and three. She is a supportive, loving wife to her husband Dr. Kyle Yang. Her hobbies include watching K-Soaps and reality T.V., exploring the world, and making new memories with her family. She is an avid supporter of the Salvation Army.
How would you describe your musical style as a trio?
Our musical style is upbeat, vibrant, and fun. Our music is definitely pop, but with strong K-pop influences.
What artists/bands are you influenced by?
We are inspired and influenced by strong, fierce women such as Beyonce, Cardi B, Adele, Blackpink, and Hyolyn.
Your new single “Shake It Like A Mutha” was just released. Can you tell us what this song meant to you?
“Shake It Like A Mutha” is a tribute to moms who are dedicated to their families, but aren’t afraid to take a break and let loose once in a while. We love being moms, wives, and women in general, but need to have fun to keep our sanity sometimes. It started out as a mom anthem, but the song isn’t just for moms. We used our experiences from marriage and motherhood to write the song, however it is for anyone who works hard and loves who they are and what they do, but need a break sometimes. ‘Shake It Like A Mutha’ is giving yourself “me time.”
Are you guys planning on touring or doing any shows anytime soon?
We don’t have any plans to tour yet, but we’re excited to see what the future holds. Anything is possible!
What’s the feeling you guys get when performing in front of your fans?
Although we haven’t had the opportunity to perform in a larger setting yet, we have performed for small, intimate groups and have loved it.
Does your fanbase have a name?
Yes! Our fans are called “Jelly Beans” because they are sweet!
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
We want to have a deep connection with our fans. We want to inspire and be inspired, as well as share stories and advice.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
We are most active on Instagram but are also connected to our fans via Facebook and Twitter.
Why do you think social media is so important for artists today?
Social media is indispensable for artists nowadays because it is our primary way of staying connected with our fanbase. Also, it’s an easier way of guiding people to certain streaming networks and platforms that link to our music rather than telling someone in person. In other words, it’s a faster way of connecting to people and connecting people to our music. Entire careers can be created through social media nowadays.
What was the craziest fan encounter you guys have had?
We were at a concert once and got recognized by a fan which was surprising. Our kids were with us too, which was nice.
What does an average day for you guys look like?
We kick off the day by waking our kids up and getting them ready for school. We pack their lunches and snacks and drop them off at school. Then, we go to work and juggle watching our kids and running errands. We squeeze in a dance practice around lunchtime. We then pick up our kids from school and get them to their extracurricular activities. We then come home, make dinner and spend time with our families. Lastly, we put the kids to bed. Once they are asleep, we attend dinners or gala events or work in the studio until the wee hours.
What goals have you ladies set out for your trio?
We just want to have fun and take it day by day. We love having a creative outlet separate from our regular lives.
Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Yes! We would like to thank our supporters for giving us love and positive energy. In the sea of haters, it’s our supporters who help us keep going and doing what we love. Thank you for not judging us and giving us a chance.