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Coast To Coast Closeup – Jade Naraine

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July 2, 2019 at 1:30 pm - Home, Coast to Coast Closeup
By Cal Gratton

The Coast To Coast Closeup is presented by The Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza in Whitecourt.

Canadian Country Artist Jade Elizabeth Naraine, of Finnish, Jamaican and Russian descent – from Southern Ontario, ON, always knew she wanted to be a singer. 

It started at just 5 years old, when she went to see Christina Aguilera for a mall signing for her first album. She says she was just blown away. From that moment on she knew she was supposed to be a star just like her.

Growing up with traditional country roots, from her grandmother, Jade started performing at weddings, banquettes and doing tons of musical theatre in the Country music genre; however, it wasn’t until the end of high school when she started looking for a music producer to begin recording her own songs.

In 2015, due to her producers musical influence, a pop single to radio called “Cause I Can’t Take Missing, which made the top 70 on media base in the USA, peaking at just 7 spots below Taylor Swift’s Wildest Dreams. Shortly after that, she released a self titled pop EP; Jade, which received a lot of praise from media and music critics. 

After that, she hit a career halt due to an unlawful seizure of her passport, which caused her the inability to travel for or finance her career, but she still kept focused on honing her craft. Jade began working on more music, recording over 50 demos in the Country genre, where she felt most at home. 

In June 2019, Jade released a second EP; “Country Music Took Me Back” after a severe life changing event, where she was subject to a sexual assault, impacted her emotional ability to pursue a career in Country music for a short time. She went back to Country, believing that she wasn’t going to let a person who can hurt women, interfere with her dreams and was determined to use her experience to inspire and help others, through her ongoing women’s rights activism and involvement in the legal system.

Jade’s song; Princess was a track on the EP. The single garnered national media attention for it’s uplifting message and vulnerable lyrics about her journey going from a weak, broken woman to a strong woman. 

Jade says that her favourite part about being a singer is writing. She loves to tell stories through her music and use meaningful lyrics and rich instrumentation, to move her listeners. Her sound is both traditional to country roots, and new.

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