BRITISH COUNTRY FEMALE OF THE YEAR VOCALIST ‘JADE HELLIWELL’ RECENTLY RELEASED HER BRAND NEW EP INFATUATION AND WE TALK ALL ABOUT THE MAKING PROCESS AND WHAT HER HOPES ARE FOR FIVE YEARS!

Give us a little bio about you..

I’m a country/pop singer songwriter from West Yorkshire. I’ve been performing most of my life and writing songs for about 8 years. I perform regularly across the country promoting my sound of modern country. I’ve had some great success over the past few years including topping the iTunes country charts, winning the BCMA Female Vocalist of The Year award and winning the Yamaha Hoedown competition.

What made you go in to music?

I fell in love with music from a very young age. I first performed on karaoke on a family holiday aged 9 and from there I just never stopped going out and singing for people. It was just the natural thing for me to fall into.

You released your latest EP ‘Infatuation’, tell us more about it.

‘Infatuation’ is a collection of songs about the different aspects of infatuation. All stations of which I’ve lived. Wanting someone who doesn’t want you back, having your heart broken, being in love, and wanting someone to take a chance on you. I’m really proud of this EP and think it’s some of the best music I’ve made to date.

What was the recording process like?

It was really fun! We recorded it at The Banger Hanger in Essex. Myself and Luke Thomas stayed for a week in February and recorded the music, and Rob Gulston worked his studio magic!

Who did you work on the Single with?

I worked on the single with Rob Gulston at The Banger Hanger and Luke Thomas played on it for me. Once I heard the quality of the single and the sound they’d achieved, I knew I had to go back to record a full EP.

What message are you trying to get out with your music?

Just to have fun I think. I don’t take myself or my music too seriously and I think that’s the message I want to get across. We all experience heartbreak and hardship, but a song can fix it all!

Describe each track in two words.

Repeat – Happy & Fun

Boom Tick – Sassy & Energetic

When I’m Sleeping – Deep & Strange

Numb – Vulnerable & Honest

By My Side – Exciting & Enticing

How has the response been?

The response has been incredible. So many people have contacted me with lovely feedback. It’s had some amazing reviews, been added to some cool playlists and got me my first spin by Chris at Chris Country Radio!

It is the follow up from your previous EP ‘Forget The Night’, how is this different?

I think it’s different in a few ways. The most obvious is probably the production and instrumentation. I’ve gone for a much more contemporary sound in the arrangements on this EP. Also, the writing. I recorded ‘Forget The Night’ in the summer of 2016 so I’ve definitely developed my craft and also experienced a lot more, so it’s had an impact on my writing.

Do you have gigs coming up?

I have some very exciting shows coming up.

The first is Buckle and Boots Festival June 23rd

June 29th I’m performing at The Wardrobe in Leeds competing for a chance to perform at this year’s LEEDS Festival!

Then I’m also going to be performing at Nashville Meets London on July 28th and FSA Fest on July 28th.

I’ve also just announced a really exciting headline show at Brighouse Arts Festival on October 8th.

Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?

There may be some exciting things happening at Buckle and Boots Festival – watch this space!

Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you?

Definitely! I love to collaborate with other musicians, both in writing and performing.

What else do you have planned this year?

I’m planning a few headline shows which is really exciting. A lot more with the full band which will be nice for audiences who have only seen me acoustically. Also more writing.

Who are your influences?

I’m influenced by traditional country artists such as Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton and modern artists such as Taylor Swift, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini and Maddie and Tae.

How do you get inspiration to write songs?

Sometimes it’s something I have experienced directly and others it’s something my friends and family have experienced. It’s also often just something I’ll hear in conversation or see on a tv show that will inspire a song.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

I’d love to see myself performing in new cities and countries, having an album or two released and just still really loving what I’m doing.

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

I love to relax with a cup of tea, biscuit and a DVD marathon of shows like ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘Pretty Little Liars’. I also love to shop or just go to a pub for a drink with my friends and family.

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?

Probably the first Taylor Swift album in its entirety. I saw her success growing and was obsessed with watching her interviews and performances and it made me believe I could try to make music.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Be good on the way up because you never know who’ll be there when you come back down. I think that’s really true. No matter how much success a person gets, it can all be gone suddenly and people will remember how you treated them. It costs nothing to be good to people.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians, not about the industry, just as an artist?

I would say get out and play and mingle as much as possible. Make friends and connections and enjoy what you do.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?

Probably very morbid but “I could be dead tomorrow”. I think it’s very true that life shouldn’t be taken for granted and you never know what’s around the corner, so enjoy what you have and the opportunities you get right here right now. I normally use it when I’m convincing myself it’s ok to spend money on things I don’t need and book holidays haha!

 

 

Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?

My town is extremely small and there’s not much to see, but if I had to choose one thing I would say The Mill Village Shopping Centre.

 

 

 

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?

Yes! I love to chat to fans on social media and share lots with them

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