We had the good fortune of connecting with Jadea Kelly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jadea, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Music has the ability to lift and create impactful reflection and change. I haven’t moved mountains, but I like to think that my music provides calm for my listeners, especially this past year as we attempt to balance our daily isolation / quarantine. I personally pursue music for the obvious joy it provides, but also as a way to absorb and understand the world around me. I like to think that it does the same for those listening. I also use my social media platform to bring attention to environmental degradation, land stewardship, composting and even ways to push a green agenda through elected officials.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I would best describe my art as storytelling / songwriting within the realm of pop and alternative folk. I am most proud of my upcoming / unreleased 2021 album (Roses). It jUST went to mix this week after 3 years of writing and experimenting with different producers. Getting to this point was not easy BUT i wanted to take my time and create an album that truly reflected ME. I needed to retrieve my voice and confidence. My choice. My decisions. Not a label or a manager. I also wanted to be sure my financial, emotional and physical health came first. For the past ten years I’ve been touring, recording and putting every single ounce of energy and money into my craft / business. To my own detriment. I had to do it differently this time. Releasing ‘Roses’ from a place of security will ensure its success and my sanity. Through this I have learnt to trust my musical instincts and fight for what is uniquely me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, I’m new to LA but my number one favorite destination is the UCLA Botanical Garden (West LA, Westwood). It’s a free 7.5 acre public garden on the UCLA campus and home to 330+ animal species and thousands of indigenous and international trees / plants. So incredibly peaceful. I’d start our day with a coffee / lunch to go in the garden, then head down to Marina Del Rey for aperol spritz’s and beach fun on the sand. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my Shoutout Series to the 8 Billion Trees project @8billiontrees Their mission is to plant and save 8 billion trees around the globe.
photography: Jen Squires