How Jada Jones Learned to Embrace Her Gift
Although Jada thinks she doesn’t have a musical background, we beg to differ.
Any opportunity Jada has had to sing, she’s taken. From the children’s choir to the praise and worship team to her school’s choir, Jada has been singing since she could remember. But it wasn’t until recently that Jada decided to share her talents with the world, through SoundCloud.
Find out how Jada realized she had a passion for singing and how she plans to make use of her gift in the future.
Tell us about your childhood. What experiences growing up shaped the woman you are today?
I had the best childhood honestly. We weren't wealthy, and didn't get everything we wanted, but we always had more than what we needed. My mom was a stay at home mom for the first 10 years of my life. And with one income, we took family trips every year.
I remember one time my parents told us we were going to Disney World. Apparently, my dad had been a part of a terrible traveling agency and had gained enough points for us to go for free.
So, we hopped in the car and headed for Florida.
I did say the agency was terrible right? Okay good. So, the agency was pretty much one big flop. We couldn't get in, and instead of getting upset or just turning around and going home, my parents made the most of trip. They took us to every kid place they could find. I honestly think they spent more money than they would’ve spent had they just bought us all tickets. It was probably my favorite trip as a child.
Years later, my mom told me that one of her dreams was to take her kids to Disney World, and that she was really upset when we couldn't get in.
Seeing how selfless, hardworking, and content my parents were, definitely played a major role in shaping me into who I am. I look back on my childhood and I see vibrant colors. If it had a smell, it would be sweet, and warm. It was full of love and happiness.
When did you know you had a passion for music? What events lead to you discovering your passion?
It's funny because I've often thought about what I would say when someone asks me this. The reason why I think about it is because I don't have a heavy musical background. I started singing in the children's choir at church as soon as I could put a sentence together. And I later sang on the praise and worship team when I turned 13, but it was never something I thought about until my later years in high school, even though I started playing piano around 10 or 11.
I still never knew I could really do something with music. I was also in choir from fourth grade until I graduated. As a matter of fact, I lettered in choir. I feel like it seems like I actually did have a musical background, but I really didn't. It was something I did on the side and I didn’t pay any attention to it.
When I made my SoundCloud it wasn't to post music. I heard a song and looked for it on the internet and the only place I could listen to it was on SoundCloud. So that I wouldn’t have to search for the song every time I wanted to hear it, I made a profile and "liked" the song.
A little bit after, I got a Mac and discovered GarageBand. Once that happened, the rest was history.
Music has always been natural for me, but I've definitely had to work hard. I would spend an entire day, recording a song, and never release it. But I just did it. It was almost instinctual. No one made me, I just had a desire to get better. A desire I believe God placed inside of me. It's still there, but I've been giving it rest since being home.
I didn't really realize it was my passion until recently. I just kept my head down and kept creating. I didn’t understand it was my passion until I realized that I could do it for the rest of my life. I thank God every day for my gifts and talents, and I pray that he continues to bless them as I continue to nourish them.
How do you balance school and your career goals?
In all honesty, I don't. I find myself praying for favor because it's a constant struggle to balance them both. Majority of the time one suffers while the other doesn't. I pray for favor with my professors just in case I can't make a class or forget an assignment. So I depend on God to guide me through school as I do what I believe is leading me to my purpose.
What advice would you give to women who desire to walk in your footsteps?
Be your own biggest fan. At times, I still struggle with this: the "am I good enough?" question.
For people on the outside looking in, it doesn't make sense, but if you criticize yourself a lot, it does. Confidence is key. Be bold in your lane. Figure out what it is you want, make sure it lines up with God's will for your life, and follow that wholeheartedly.
What are your goals for the next couple of years as far as your music?
I have a lot of short term goals that I am in the process of writing down, but as far as the next couple of years? I want to become a full-time artist. That’s what I really want and I know it can happen. It's not an easy gig but I feel like it's very obtainable for me. I'll be done with school, and that's my goal.
For more of Jada, follow her on Instagram, @hipster_solace, and you can also listen to her music right here.