By: Heather Young
Photo Credit: Alex Townsend
Ajaye Jardine is breaking out with her first solo EP and has just made the top 10 in the Country Music breakthrough project. As half of the mother daughter duo The Jardines, she is no stranger to the music business and is ready to take it on alone. We had a chance to catch up to Ajaye via email to learn more about her and her music.
Tell me about your writing process, where do you get your inspiration for song writing?
Anything in life can bring inspiration for a song. I work very hard to keep my mind and heart open to any moment that can lead to a song. Whether it is a conversation, a melody that pops in my head, a dream, or something I’ve observed or thought, the most important part of following that inspiration is to document it in the present moment. I have hundreds of notes on my phone with random lyrics and titles/hooks, and voice memos of melodies and frameworks for songs. Afterwards, I go back to that note/voice memo and explore that subject or theme. Sometimes I write for myself and other times I create content to share in co-writes.
What made you decide to take on the business as a solo act?
Performing with my mom in The Jardines taught me so much about the business: professionalism, organization, collaboration, communication, discipline, and much more. I gained a lot of experience performing, being in the studio and the writing process. I loved performing with my mom, it was such a unique way for us to bond, but I felt that it was time to explore my own sound and voice as an individual artist.
What are the biggest differences from being in a duo to being solo?
A big difference is since I’ve transitioned into a solo artist, I’ve had a lot of opportunity to explore and develop my own sound, songwriting style and live show.
What has surprised you the most about this project?
Co-writing has played a huge role in the past year. Working with other artists has helped me grow into the songwriter I am today. I have surprised myself with the songs I have created with some amazing co-writers and I’m looking forward to developing my writing skills this year.
What is the biggest obstacle being a young Canadian artist in the industry today?
There’s a lot of obstacles that any artist faces in their careers, but I’m staying optimistic, and true to who I am as a performer. My journey is an adventure and as long as I’m learning something new every day about music, I’ll eventually get to where I’m meant to be. It’s all about working hard, having faith, taking opportunities as they happen and enjoying the ride.
With the EP released what is next for you, can we expect any touring?
I’ve got a lot planned for 2016 and beyond. I’ve been writing great songs with some amazing people, I plan to go back into the studio to record new music and Nashville will happen at some point this year.
I am also in the process of working with a few other artists to plan a tour spring/summer 2016. I’ve never been on tour before so it will be a big learning experience and I am so excited to travel across Canada and play music with some of my closest friends in the country music community.
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What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people clip their finger nails in a public place…there’s a time and a place for everything, but please leave that business for home.
If you weren’t doing music, what would you be doing?
I would be working in film and tv. I love acting and I studied theatre performance at Simon Fraser University, but music is a big priority right now so I don’t have the time to focus on pursuing a career in acting, but anything is possible in the future.
What are the three most played tracks on your playlist?
Chris Stapleton- Traveller
The Temperance Movement- Only Friend
Kacey Musgraves – Somebody to Love
What are you doing when you aren’t playing or writing music?
I really enjoy spending time with my friends, family and my cat (Fritz). I love being outdoors (especially on an ATV in the Okanagan), listening to my record player, and watching the occasional Netflix series.
If you could play anywhere, for anyone, where would it be and why?
I would love to play at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. I’ve seen two shows there and had the opportunity to be backstage and it took my breath away. The venue has so much history and warmth that it would be a dream to stand in that circle where the greats have stood with a full house.
And last but not least, anything you would like to say to your fans?
2015 has been such an amazing year and I am so thankful for everyone who has joined my journey and let’s keep the party going! 2016 is going to be a great year and I cannot wait to share new music, upcoming announcements and future shows. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
I’m Heather Young. I am 29 years old and from Calgary. I’m the mother of a 6 year old boy and I work with children as a developmental assistant. I have always had a passion for writing and music so working for Canadian Beats is right up my alley. I love every genre of music as long as it catches my attention, it’s on my playlist, from rap to country. When I’m not working or writing I love to spend time outside with my son playing games or going for walks.