Jade’s mu­si­cal jour­ney

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - By LEAH AN­DER­SON-BYRNE

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.

PHOTO: Leah An­der­son-Byrne

SINGING SEN­SA­TION: Wan­garatta res­i­dent Jade Gib­son has re­turned from a year in Amer­ica fol­low­ing her mu­si­cal dreams.

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