ARTICLE/PHOTOS BY BARBARA BRANDER
Jade Eagleson recently won the 'Canadian Country Music Award for Rising Star' in Calgary, Alberta. With a powerful stage presence and deep resonating voice, the future is shining bright. I had a wonderful conversation in learning a little bit more from this genuine, highly-talented and hard working singer.
Where are you from Jade?
Jade: I'm from a town called Millbrook, Ontario.
Farm town, family?
Jade: Yes, I have one brother and two sisters, so it was hectic growing up around the house, but it was more-so with extended cousins and all the other folks
coming into the family house, and it keeps it a full house, but it's always nice.
Lots of music?
Jade: Yes, my mom, to this day, is still a musician. I took a lot of influence from her and my grandfather on my dad's side who used to play guitar and sing. I took a lot of influence from him as well. It was on both sides, and some of my uncles play and stuff as well.
When did you first feel you could make a career in music?
Jade: It wasn't for awhile you know, because I was raised with 'You got to work with your hands and get your hands dirty to make clean money'. I was kind of raised that way and eventually I was like you know what? I want to follow my passions and at least give it a shot. I was about nineteen or twenty when I moved back home from working in plumbing, and took a crack at country music and realized it's my true passion.
You write as well?
What propels you to write a song?
Jade: It's very interesting, because you can come up with your own idea, but if that's a subject that personally relates to you, it's not necessarily always going to work in the 'writing room'. So that's one of those songs where you are going to sit down and write yourself, and then if you need help, you call in the 'big guns' to help finish it. When you go into a large writing room, there's tons of brilliant minds and tons of incredibly intelligent people that come with hooks or you might have a hook, and you build ideas off that.
Does the process come easy?
Jade: If you write something in like three hours and it's good, you might be shocked. It could be eight hours or longer, once you've gone through every variable, and you've spent that much time with it, you know it's going to be decent.
Music first or lyrics?
Jade: It's always different, you might have a hook, or sometimes lay in a guitar riff, and you write over that riff.
Musicians you admire?
Jade: (big smile)
I'm a huge Shania Twain fan!
Jade: Oh man! I could talk about her all day!
I grew up listening to Shania Twain and she is one of my favourites.
Jade: She is incredible!
She is incredible. I think she... I could go on, now the interview is about me!
I find she opened up a whole new avenue for country music.
Jade: She totally did! A lot of people frowned on her for going pop, but realistically every single one of her songs has a fiddle in it or steel guitar, or something super traditional and true to country music and you don't get a lot of that these days.
You really don't.
Jade: Shania took country music and put a shot of steroids in it. She is the Queen.
Would you ever like to do a song with her?
Jade: I would be super honoured to be able to do that.
I think you should and you both would sound awesome together!
When you get some days off, what do you like to do?
Jade: When I do get days off, music is a passion and it's work, so you can kind of conflict the two. I like to sit and pull out my telecaster and go over some riffs, go over some solos or I might write, but my favourite thing to do is hang out with my fiancé,
Congratulations by the way!
Jade: Thank you!
Five quick questions:
Movie you enjoy?
Jade: I'm a huge fan of Lord of the Rings! Hands down my favourite series. Close second would probably be Braveheart.
Jade: The Andy Griffith Show.
Song you love?
Jade: Got to go back to Shania Twain. 'Any Man of Mine' has got to be my favourite song of all time, so I'll just continue with that for the rest of my days.
Jade: My favourite food is chicken or steak.
Jade: Definitely summer.
Jade: We finished three new songs, so we are just waiting for those to be mixed and mastered and flipping them on the radio.
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*The CCMA AWARDS 2019, September 8th were held in CALGARY ALBERTA at the Scotiabank Saddledome
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