Singer and Songwriter Jennifer Paige, first shot to fame with her catchy first single “Crush” in 1998 which reached number one in over 16 countries. Her perfectly breathy, yet emotionally charged vocals left a lasting impression on the music world as well as her fans and she later followed up with the release of the singles “Sober”, “Always You” and “Beautiful” from the movie soundtrack “Autumn In New York” to name a few.
Unlike other singers, Jennifer Paige never had to resort to over the top and annoying vocal acrobatics to prove she could really sing, but just delivering her vocals in her own style and technique which is effortless, pure and a voice you can never grow tired of. Combined with some of her influences growing up like: Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton, Jennifer Paige has many of the same elements that make her voice unforgettable. Since her arrival on the music scene, Jennifer has continued releasing music over the years, as well as writing for other artists along the way.
atombash.com recently caught up with Jennifer Paige to talk about her upcoming album “Daydreamer” and even more exciting, to find out how fans can be involved with her current Kickstarter campaign. Here is what she had to say:
atombash.com: When did you first realize you wanted to sing?
Jennifer Paige: I was very young, five years old, I believe. My older brother had discovered he had a talent for singing and he was getting all of the attention from our family. So, I decided I needed to learn quickly how to sing!
atombash.com: You started playing the piano at age 8, what do you remember about your first time playing?
Jennifer Paige: I was never the best piano player but I always had a great ear, as they say. I could hear something once and sing it back. So once I saw how the notes fit together and looked on the piano, I had a better understanding of music. Knowing the rules of music allowed me the opportunity to break those rules and create something that felt unique to me.
atombash.com: Who were some of your musical influences growing up?
Jennifer Paige: Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Roxette, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion. I loved them all!
atombash.com: How did it feel having your first single “Crush” reach number one in 16 different countries?
Jennifer Paige: It was a dream come true. I had imagined that happening for what seemed like my entire life. So it felt oddly familiar and completely surreal at the same time.
atombash.com: How did your life change after having such a success with your first song and album?
Jennifer Paige: It was a drastic change. I was living in LA, singing in a cover band for Hollywood parties and events. I went from being booked for a cover gig making $75 a night to singing for the Pope in a matter of months. From barely being able to pay my rent to flying First Class. So, you could say it was a bit of a game changer.
atombash.com: What has been one of your biggest career highlights?
Jennifer Paige: Meeting artists that I grew up admiring and listening to and becoming their peer.
atombash.com: How do you come up with new concepts when writing?
Jennifer Paige: I look around. When something moves me, I ask myself why. Then I go and write about the answer to that question.
atombash.com: What have you learned about being in the music industry at such a young age and how do you think it has changed compared to now?
Jennifer Paige: It’s done a 180! It’s not the same business that I once knew. That being said, I think it’s a great time for artists to think outside the box. We have more power than we’ve ever had and the opportunity to get our music directly to fans offers an amazing platform to an artist who is willing to put in the effort.
atombash.com: You have just started a Kickstarter campaign for your new album, tell us about this?
Jennifer Paige: This is a way for me to lock hands with the ones who have stood by me throughout the years and to offer new music and rewards that go well beyond the music. I’m working with an amazing producer and I truly believe this will be the best album I’ve ever made. You can hear a little sneak peek at www.jenniferpaige.com/kickstarter (smiles).
atombash.com: Who would you most like to collaborate with past or present?
Jennifer Paige: Hmm…I am a big fan of Erik Hassle, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell. Let’s go with one of them!
atombash.com: What would be your best of advice be for aspiring artists/musicians?
Jennifer Paige: Go subscribe to my podcast, The Breakthrough Artist on iTunes. I interview some of today’s most in-the-know artists and thought leaders in the music industry. They spill all of their secrets.
atombash.com: Thanks so much for your time Jennifer!
Jennifer Paige: Thank you!
For all the latest on Jennifer Paige, check out:
- Official website