Jade’s musical journey
RETURNING from 12 months in America, Wangaratta resident Jade Gibson is ready for her last two performances for 2018 before releasing her debut EP (extended play) album in April next year.
The 20 year old country-pop singer has been working hard and chasing her dreams since she was 14 - although her parents tell her she came out of the womb singing and was 'born to perform'.
"It's been my dream to go to Nashville since I began to seriously consider music as a career and started playing gigs around Wangaratta," Jade said.
"The past 12 months have been about writing, singing and understanding what it takes to make it in this industry, and Nashville really is a cutthroat city.
"I've been working hard for so long and people have told me I couldn't do it all my life, but now I have, I've come back after recording my first EP album and I've done it.
"I was also studying at one of the most prestigious music schools, Bellmont University, but I've deferred to focus more on my music."
Jade's EP will feature five original songs that tell the story of her recent years about loving her home town but realising she couldn't quite catch her dreams here.
"A strong message I learnt from being in Nashville was that if you really want something you can do it, despite what others might say," Jade said.
"In Wangaratta I was essentially an underdog when it came to music but once I started taking my dreams seriously I knew one day they would become a reality."
Musical life after high school, Jade graduated in 2016 andf has been focused on encouraging other passionate young people to follow music.
"Even if you don't pursue it as a career, music is so healing and brings people together, which is why I began Summer Sounds in conjunction with the Rural City of Wangaratta's Summer in the Parks initiative," Jade said.
"I think events like that which give an opportunity for music are really important for a town like Wangaratta."
Jade was nominated for Event of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year this year for Summer Sounds, which has encouraged her to hold the event again in February 2019.
The singing sensation will be performing at the Precinct Bar and Restaurant tonight from 9pm-12am as her first show back in Australia and will then perform on New Year's Eve in New South Wales for a fundraising event at the Beehive Hotel in Coolac.
"I decided to organise and host this event to raise money for the farmers doing it tough in Australia, as it was heartbreaking to see what was happening all the way from America and not being able to help," she said.
"The day will start with a ute show from 12pm then live music by myself and Iain Archibald Band at 8pm.
"Tickets are only $25 online and $30 at the gate which includes free camping so I recommend coming along."
Jade hopes to return to Nashville again and live there for another lengthy period of time to continue to work hard and chase her reality.
SINGING SENSATION: Wangaratta resident Jade Gibson has returned from a year in America following her musical dreams.