We had the good fortune of connecting with JeRonelle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JeRonelle, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I grew up in a musical environment so it only made sense that music would go on to be my main career lane. Whether I was at home watching old Gospel music videos that my Mom had recorded on VHS, riding around the city and singing along to songs on the radio, or even singing in choirs at church and school, the element of music has always been present in my life. Even as I got older and pursued high education in bigger cities, there was no other career path that had any sort of appeal to me except for music and the arts.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an up and coming (independent) R&B artist, I want to help further dispel the idea that male artists aren’t being vulnerable in their songs anymore. When I write songs I try to come from as much of an honest and open hearted place as possible, often trying to say the things that others may not say or just don’t have the words to do so. With my music, I also want to do away with the narrative that artists aren’t singing from the soul anymore. I, along with so many other amazing indie artists are out here, really take pride in giving a solid vocal performance because thats what we grew up listening to and being inspired by. We live in a time where core elements of R&B like emotional vulnerability and solid vocal technique can sometimes takes a back seat to songs and strategies crafted to gain a cheap, quick rise on social media. Some of the newer songs are noticeably shorter and a lot less melodic/musical, but I believe one can be relevant for todays audience yet still hold true to what has always made R&B a top tier genre. With my latest EP “Beloved” I set out to create a body of work that listeners would really fall in love with from start to finish. I tried to create songs that were upbeat and super feel good (“Think Of You” or “Flex ft. RéLxuise), and also songs where listeners would develop strong emotional ties and deep connections to each verse (“Pulling Away” or “Stay”). I’m so proud of the music that my awesome producers and I came up with. I personally feel like “Beloved” is my best work yet.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To be completely honest, I am very much a homebody…(shrugs)…unless I have a show or event to attend, or am out running errands, I’m usually at home. I’m the friend that will try and catch up with somebody who is visiting LA and has already established some sort of plan or itinerary, but if they ask me to show them around or suggest places to go, I’ll tell them I’m probably not the best source. I know…I’m a terrible tour guide Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
If we’re gonna give credit to anyone who’s played a part in my story, I can think of two off the top of my head: God & my Mom. My mom was (and still is) one of my first big cheerleaders and reasons why I love music the way I do. In addition to putting me in musical spaces at an early age, she exposed me to multiple artists, genres, & styles which helped develop my ear, and motivated me to further discover what my own voice was capable of. And obviously, I couldn’t have made it anywhere in this life without God…He’s been there in my life fighting on my behalf all along. My faith has certainly been tested a time or two, but I’ve never felt like I was completely alone, or as if I couldn’t pray and bring my problems to Him. Having that sense of assurance that He’s always present is one of the best feelings in the world.
Other: My new EP “Beloved” is out now on all platforms including Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, & more! Click the link to find your preferred music platform: https://ffm.to/jeronellebeloved
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