Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, Recording Artist Jaz Elise is making her way up to becoming one of the bright stars on the music scene. With her career only starting recently, she has impressed with first few releases. We’ve featured her as one of the Artists to watch out for in 2019, and recently we had a lil chat. Without further ado, GET TO KNOW Jaz Elise below!
Words By: @swadedavillain
Cover Photo: Jik Reuben
Additional Photos: Chris Malachi
13thStreetPromo: Thanks for taking the time out to have a quick chat with 13thStreetPromotions.com. We’ve heard and enjoyed the tracks, but for those who don’t know, who is the Singer named Jaz Elise?
Jaz Elise: I am just a girl who decided to take a leap of faith less than a year ago to do music for a living. I love singing, wholeheartedly. It brings me a joy, and I’ve found that the best way I can reach people is through my voice. I am fully born and raised in Jamaica also.
13thSP: When did you realize you could have a career in music? How did you get your start?
JE: I have always been singing (church, school etc), but never really took it seriously. I was mainly empowered to only do a 9-5. My exposure to the arts however empowered me to really see a career being a Recording Artist. I really got the calling and courage to do it as a career a few years ago and that’s when I started going to studio, and did a few singing gigs all while still being in school. Encouragement from my friends and family as well as a personal conviction really pushed me to decide to do it as a career though. I would say when I released my first single (“For You“) in November 2018 that’s when I decided to go full force into it.
13thSP: How important is Art to you?
JE: Very. I believe art is how we express ourselves, and every song for me is art. Moreso, I get my inspiration from all the art forms. Even the ones I don’t necessarily do. It’s a way for all of us to connect-with an appreciation for art.
13thSP: With Jamaica being a hub for so many creatives and we’re now witnessing many getting opportunities off their talent, what more do you think needs to be done to improve the industry?
JE: For me, it begins with widespread support for the industry and unity among artists.
13thSP: You’ve recently released “Fresh and Clean”, how did that song come about, and what was the creative process like?
JE: It was just a vibe honestly. I went to studio with JLL, had a song idea and started throwing out ideas, and then we collaborated the project-experimenting with sounds. It’s always a vibe, experimentation, and collaboration when we link up.
13thSP: Keeping with the theme, what’s your ideal “fresh and clean” fit? What are your “fresh and clean” must haves?
JE: Man I love comfort enuh! I don’t necessarily have an ideal fit, but I just go along with whatever is comfortable but also makes me feel cute. It also depends on the weather too. The ideal summer staples for me are denim shorts or track pants, a T-shirt, and fresh sneakers. I also love a simple dress and denim jacket.
13thSP: You’ve named a few folks on the track, but give us 5 persons celeb and non celeb who are always “fresh and clean” on the scene.
JE: So many to name I just love when everyone just does themselves unapologetically. And I see a lot of people that do that. Too many to name but of course Chronixx, Protoje, Govana, Popcaan, every upcoming artist in JA right now lol. This is the era of the “Fresh and Clean”!
13thSP: Give us a few “fresh and clean” ways Jamaica can improve as a country.
JE: I love my Island so much, and there’s so much that can be done. For starters, dash weh crime, dash weh corruption, take care of the environment because this pollution thing is getting out of hand. Dash weh the plastic, get rid of styrofoam, and clean up the beaches! Lastly, I just want us to just be kinder to each other.
13thSP: What’s next for Jaz Elise as she continues her musical journey?
JE: Releasing more music, growing more as an Artist, collaborating more, and just getting my music to more ears.
13thSP: Any last words for the fans?
JE: Thank you for all the support thus far, it means the world to me! Have some exciting stuff in store for “Fresh and Clean”, including some visuals so just look out for that! Keep listening, sharing and, streaming. Thank you. Remember to guh after yuh dreams dem, and love yourself no matter what!
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