Jade Jackson Gets Raw And Vulnerable With Her New Album “Wilderness” "Wilderness" Is Set To Drop On June 28th, 2019
LUCK, TX- Jade Jackson is a progressive country recording artist from Santa Margarita, CA, and once again it took me going to Texas to see a fellow Californian perform live.
I’ve been listening to Jade’s music since her debut album Gilded was released. I was instantly drawn to her honeyed raspy voice, and the way she phrased lyrics and imbued them with a real sense of intimacy. Just listen to “Finish Line” once, and I guarantee you’ll be hooked. Getting to see her perform live was long overdue, but at least I can say that I got to see her perform live on Willie Nelson’s ranch.
Jade’s performance at Luck Reunion was mesmerizing. There’s something about the way she carries herself in front of an audience that simply puts your soul at ease. Sure, part of the magic is in her music and in the dulcet tones of ver voice, but there’s something innately warm about her presence that really just allows you to relax and take everything in. That calming sensation is heightened when she is performing her downtempo numbers.
Jade’s performance at Luck gave Texans a chance to witness first hand the maturity of this abundantly talented singer-songwriter, and also to let them know that her new album, Wilderness, was right around the corner. I was able to briefly catch up with Jade recently after the release of her latest single, “Secret”, and we talked a bit about what we can expect from her new album.
I was able to catch your performance on Willie’s ranch during Luck Reunion. What was it like getting the heads up that they wanted to you play on Willie’s ranch?
We were honored to be invited to play. It was a beautiful event.
Did you get a chance to meet Willie?
I did not.
You just released a new single, “Secret”. It really feels like you let loose a lot of emotions in that cut. You’ve suggested that it was almost like a little explosion of of sadness. If you don’t mind me asking, was there anything in particular that pushed your emotions to the brink to get you screaming the chorus, or was it just a kind of slow boil over time?
Someone close to me died and their funeral was held in the town we grew up in. I couldn’t stop thinking about them telling me how they wanted to get out of that town someday. It was also inspired by a breaking point in my own heart and soul, realizing I have more control over my thoughts, emotions and direction, then I’d previously believed.
Mike Ness produced your debut album, and he’s back at the helm for your sophomore album, Wilderness, which is due out on June 28th. Is there a certain familiarity that made this go around easier? Did he offer up any advice different that from the first time you worked with him?
Mike is a master at his craft, and it’s been a privilege working under his wing. The second album was surprisingly a lot more challenging than the first for a few reasons. One being that Mike encouraged me to be more honest with my songwriting. Singing songs true to things I’ve been through was a much more vulnerable experience.
For Wilderness, you’ve also mentioned that an underlying theme is fearlessness. Was this a motif you had in mind when you started writing new music, or was it just something that you noticed as you were putting the album together?
The underlying theme revealed itself once the record was completed.
The album isn’t out yet, but is there any track on Wilderness that is particularly meaningful for you and why?
They’re all meaningful in different ways. I’ll often write without knowing what I’m trying to say until the song is finished. “Tonight” and “Wilderness” are the two tracks that left me feeling the most raw and vulnerable in the recording process.
And I can’t wait to hear them!
Wilderness will be release June 28 release on ANTI-. Pre-order ‘Wilderness’ HERE
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