JAKI NEL­SON

Bi singer Jaki Nel­son went to school with the Jen­ners, and fell off a horse into show­biz!

DNA Magazine - - CONTENT - By Marc An­drews

DNA: We hear you literally fell into show­busi­ness.

Jaki: I’m where I am now, partly, be­cause a horse al­most killed me.

Please ex­plain!

I was a pro­fes­sional show rider for years un­til one day this lazy horse I was train­ing de­cided to throw me as hard as he pos­si­bly could. I spent a week in hospi­tal af­ter ma­jor surgery. I couldn’t walk up the stairs for months. That’s when I started to se­ri­ously pick up mu­sic.

How did you get to be mak­ing records?

One day I no­ticed some­one on my Face­book friends list had “pro­ducer” on his job descriptio­n. He ended up giv­ing me a writ­ing op­por­tu­nity that ended up be­ing my first la­bel deal. A cou­ple of years later I got a song on the Bill­board Dance chart.

You’re do­ing well at the mo­ment, too!

In the last year, I’ve hit the Top 10 twice. It’s an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing when you’re in the Top 10 with artists like Cher and Ariana Grande. You’ve been called a “ris­ing star” – is that a lot to live up to?

Some­times I get over­whelmed by the size and scope of what I want to do and what oth­ers ex­pect of me, but that’s when I know it’s time to get back to work. Who were your mu­si­cal he­roes, grow­ing up? Britney Spears is a shin­ing pil­lar of my mu­si­cal foun­da­tion. Sara Bareilles was an­other. Lady Gaga, of course. Not only is she pop per­fec­tion, she’s a mem­ber of the LGBT com­mu­nity.

Your mu­sic is dance-floor friendly.

My mu­si­cal in­ter­ests started to fo­cus very in­tensely on the dance mu­sic scene at the be­gin­ning of high school. I went to To­gether As One, a mas­sive rave in my home­town of Los Angeles. From there, I was hooked.

How did you get in­volved with Dave Aude?

I went to go hang out with a guy one day, we got to talk­ing about mu­sic and he texted later say­ing I should meet his best friend Dave Aude. I’d been lis­ten­ing to Dave’s mu­sic since high school, so I lost my mind with ex­cite­ment on the car ride home!

Have you had many celebrity en­coun­ters?

I grew up in LA so it’s par for the course. I was friends with one of Quincy Jones’ daugh­ters. I went to his house and met him once. I had no idea how cool that was un­til later. I was also pretty close to Ni­co­lette Sheri­dan for a while. She got down on a knee and pre­sented me with a cake she had baked for my 10th birthday. I also went to high school with Ken­dall and Kylie Jen­ner. I spot­ted Troye Si­van at a red-car­pet event just the other night. Small world!

Who would you most like to work with?

I would ab­so­lutely die to work with any of the peo­ple who are mak­ing waves in the LGBT com­mu­nity – Troye, Hay­ley Kiyoko and Kim Pe­tras. They’re all amaz­ing artists.

Your mu­sic ob­vi­ously hits a bulls­eye with the LGBT com­mu­nity.

Thank you! I’m just try­ing to make mu­sic I would like to listen to. As a mem­ber of the LGBT com­mu­nity it’s only nat­u­ral our mu­si­cal in­ter­ests would line up. I’ve per­formed at quite a few LGBT+ events and one that re­ally stands out is San Fran­cisco Pride. Imag­ine LGBT peo­ple and our al­lies fill­ing the streets as far as you can see and all com­ing to­gether in the spirit of love, com­mu­nity and mu­sic. It was in­cred­i­ble.

What are the is­sues clos­est to your heart?

The #MeToo move­ment is the clos­est is­sue for me right now. The war on abor­tion and gun con­trol are pretty close be­hind that.

Are you ro­man­ti­cally at­tached?

Nope, sin­gle as a pringle! I don’t en­joy dat­ing and I’m too busy to han­dle any­thing se­ri­ous right now any­way.

What’s the gayest thing you own?

That depends on the def­i­ni­tion of “gayest”. Gayest would prob­a­bly be my two lit­tle white fluffy dogs. Gayest, as in Les­bian­est? That would be my flan­nel col­lec­tion!

The most les­bian­est thing I own? My flan­nel col­lec­tion!

MORE: www.jakinel­son.com or find her on In­sta­gram, Face­book and Twit­ter @ Jak­iNel­sonEnt. Her mu­sic is avail­able on all on­line mu­sic plat­forms.

Jaki – bares the scars of the ac­ci­dent.

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