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Hey Jade 🙂 So excited to be chatting with you! You just released your new EP “Unity”! How excited were you to get this project out into the world?
Thank you for having me! I was extremely excited to release this project! This EP was originally made up of singles that I had released individually prior to writing my title track “Unity.” It wasn’t until I wrote and recorded “Unity” that I realized releasing all of these singles as a package EP would be more impactful! “Unity” is very special to me because every single was written to focus on a different societal issue that I felt needed attention. I’m grateful that I was able to record and release this project to the world and I hope that you enjoy my view!
What do you hope your supporters will think of the new music? & What do you hope they’ll get from hearing your new songs?
My goal is for those who follow me to not just feel something, but to do something about what they feel. Regardless if it’s something that they can relate to that helped them personally or if it touches them in a way to where they feel they need to fight for change. When I sit down to create, I ask myself how can I help someone else to see the world with a bit more color; more love, more grace, more hope, more empathy and more truth. My title track “Unity” has a lyric that says “we build walls up by our ears.” My hope is that through my music those walls not only come down, but that I’m able to influence the listener to think a bit differently and perhaps change.
Can you tell us the backstory of the new EP? Is it from a real experience?
Yes! All of the songs on the EP are based on real life struggles that I had either been through or had witnessed. The EP includes 5 singles that are all based on a specific cause or subject matter that were important for me to voice. My first song “Invisible” came from a place of growth in one of my relationships and it really impacted the writing and subject matter of the tracks that came after. It was the most personal and vulnerable I’ve been and, as a young artists, hearing how the lyrics had inspired and impacted so many people on the same personal level, it made me strive to create more music that resonated just as deeply. Given the chaos and unrest in our society today there is an emotional toll that needs more harmony and light and so from beginning with a more personal voice to collaborating on a larger scale that reflects everyone’s voice felt like a complete journey for the EP.
Can you spill any details on what your supporters can look forward to from you the rest of the year?!?
I’ve got a lot of new content and variety releasing throughout the rest of this year that I am very excited to share, a few that are new collaborations with some talented up and coming artists that I was blessed to work with. To stay updated for future releases and new projects please visit my website jadepatteri.com .
What’s it feel like to be releasing your own original music?
It’s said the hardest part about writing is sitting down to write…the blank page is humbling, petrifying and exciting all at the same time. You can never see the true beauty of the collaborative effort until it is released. And now that I am sharing my heart with the world, all I can care about is how I feel about the intent and the care that went into every word and hope that others feel something, and if they do, then that is icing on the cake.
Will there be a music video for any of your new singles? If so, can you tell us about the concept of the video 🙂
Yes actually there will be! I have two music videos releasing in the next few months! My music video for “Invisible” will be released on my VEVO Youtube channel on August 13th! Currently, I’m in production for my title track “Unity” featuring rapper Paul Toweh and with Marcus Mitchell (Step it Up) and Kayla Radomski (So You Think You Can Dance) dancing. I wrote this song to be a hopeful voice of influence in response to the cultural, racial and political divides that propagate the injustice in our current society. This song and video is about bringing people together despite their differences in Unity.
Is there anyone you want to thank that’s helped you get to where you are today?
I would have to say my parents! My mom and dad were both in the industry so I grew up backstage at my dad’s shows, taking dance classes from my mom and singing karaoke almost every other day! I’m so grateful for all the support and guidance that they have shown me through the years. I feel extremely fortunate to have parents who I look up to and strive to be like one day.
What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?
Listen to the lyrics! I try to make every word of my music count and have always been someone who strives more for intentionality rather than a driving beat with repetitive lyrics! Poetry has always been something that I’ve loved so I think of each song as a musical poem. I hope that those who are gracious enough to follow me hear the purpose in my music enough to love others into feeling something as well!
Are you planning any shows to promote your new music?
Yes! I cannot wait to start performing once everything settles down and it’s safe to perform live. There’s something about performing in front of a live audience that is so exhilarating and unlike anything I’ve ever experienced! I look forward to performing my music live again however In the mean time I will be planning on doing live stream shows while everything is currently closed down!
What is it like performing in front of your fans?
Shakespeare said “All the world’s a Stage.” And for me, whether I’m alone, creating for myself, or infront of a crowd, I am on stage. That said, there is something beyond explanation about creating and performing live. The multi-directional energy and love is so healing! The first time I had someone tell me they loved my music after I sang live I felt so overwhelmed with joy and drive that after that I decided I would never stop writing! Live performance is an escape for me; every time I walk on a stage it’s a place of rare vulnerability that is extremely personal for me. It’s something that is timeless and defies description, I hope that I can continue to perform my work for people who enjoy listening as much as I enjoy writing.
What do you want your supporters to know that you think is important?
It’s not about me! We live in such a self centered culture that focuses on image and having more. Let me clarify, there is nothing wrong with beauty and nice things, but when they are the sole driver and the end game, the result is a black hole. Authentically giving and serving is the most important thing! Our industry is an endless tug of war for personal gain, so I remind myself daily that I have been given much therefore I need to pay forward what I have been given.
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
I’m a bit of a neat freak! My friends parents love when I come over because I often clean their rooms. My closet is color coordinated and my drawers would easily pass a military inspection. My friends love to flip my room when I am not around just to watch me in panic try to clean it up again. For me if it’s not 100% clean or in its exact place it’s messy!
What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public?
Please, please say hi! I always love getting to know new people and meet people who are are moved by my work! Tell me what your favorite song is and why – just please don’t ask if my hair is really that color. Sorry Loreal – it is not from your bottle! So ya don’t be shy, say hi!
Is there anyone in the music business you are dying to meet?
Alessia Cara and Demi Lovato have been such a big part of why I got into the music industry. Both of these artists have done an amazing job at not only inspiring this generation but future generations who will continue to listen to their music years from now. The example they set, regardless of what people think, is be true to my lyrics and in doing so I will be true to myself, despite the temptations of compromise in the industry.
Why do you think social media is so important for artists like yourself?
Social media is an amazing way to share your work and build connections with people you might not have met without it! I’ve gotten work from connecting with people through social media and I’m extremely grateful to have met them because they’ve in turn introduced me to others who I’m currently working closely with to this day! It’s also another great way to build your own brand! As a young artist, I can do so much marketing and content creation myself that it gives people insights into who I am outside of just music. They can see me as a real person rather than just a singer, a dancer, or an actress.
What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?
My goal is to be an influence. Whether it be singing, acting or dancing I strive to move as many people as I can in the way that I know best! Success is about accomplishing my purpose and let’s be honest I’m still young and figuring this thing called life out. What I can say is that I’m very passionate about serving injustice of any kind and if any part of the creative process that I am involved in – whether my music, a film, a dance… a kind word inspires to that end and/or I can help others find organizations that they believe in to that end because of my influence, then I have achieved my goal…to make a difference…to be an influence.
Do you have any acting projects in the works you could tell us about?
I do! I just finished filming the movie “The Prom” the musical Directed by Ryan Murphy, starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, James Cordon, Keegan Michael Key and more. I played one of the principal dancers and high school students in the movie and it’s the most fun I’ve had on set yet. This film is set to release by the end of this year and I could not be more excited! The experience was so life changing to be a part of on so many levels and I’m just thankful for every opportunity that I had to work with such amazing talent!
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Even though I am growing and learning more and more everyday. I do know that depression is at an all-time high and the need for being loved has never been greater. So please be kind and be patient and try not to care too much what other people think about you. Rather focus more on what you think about others. If we all take a moment to reflect on why were we put here on this same finite space but to care for eachother spiritually, emotionally, physically and relationally…and if we can care for ourselves that way then we should be able to cherish and nourish others the same. LASTLY, thank you, thank you for listening and believing in me and for all the love and support I’ve received! I can’t wait to share my content this year and to see what 2021 holds!