Born and raised in the Midwest, Jade’s heartfelt lyrics and melodies have struck an honest chord with audiences from Ohio to Chicago. Her writing and perspective come from someone who has had the same struggles we all have, doing a full time career, raising kids, trying to juggle life while keeping God the priority.
Jade’s love for music started when she was young. She was born and raised in Minnesota with her brother, her adopted sister from Korea and some furrier family members, including 4 dogs and 4 cats. She describes her house as the place where all the neighborhood kids would come to play. “My parents made our home really inviting so that everyone felt welcome there,” she says. “Sometimes in the evenings we’d have kids and dogs sprawled all over the floor next to each other playing a game or watching a movie together. It was a lot of fun.”
Jade’s dad played piano and used to spend some of his free time writing music when she was little. She would sit and play near the piano with her toys so she could listen to him while he created beautiful new music. Some of it must have rubbed off because she has been passionate about music ever since.
As a teen she picked up a guitar and started playing it after school. She wrote her first song when she was 14 and has been writing ever since. Music has become a channel to express her heart and to reach out to others. She has often written songs for others going through hard times when words didn’t seem to be enough. Jade tells ones story, “A woman at work I knew lost her son. I didn’t really know her, but I kept feeling like I should be doing more for her. What do you say to someone who has lost a child? Finally one night, at 2:30 in the morning I was suddenly and completely awake. A song was just there in my head, ready to download as they would say today. I felt like it had been given to me to share with her. I quickly wrote it down and later recorded a rough copy for her. I was so embarrassed to send it to her, but I knew I had to. Later I got a phone call from her and she expressed her appreciation. We became friends after that and stayed in touch for several years.”
That song, “One Breath at a Time” continues to be an audience favorite on her first CD along with other songs like “Hero” and “The Healing Song”.
“I hope the CD is a good balance for people,” she says. “I want the music to speak to different times in life – good times, hard times, busy times, quiet times. So when you need to hear words of hope, you can listen to one song and when you just want to celebrate life, there are other songs for that”.
Jade shares her story and music in churches, at festivals and has often been the guest artist at women’s events. Her music has received rave reviews from the Christian Music Guide and Chicago Music Guide and several songs have been on the radio. For Jade, music is a way to reach out and touch people and share her love for life and God. “If it inspires even one person, then it is worth the effort,” she says, “We all are here to help each other and make our corner of the world a little better. Some may do it with music, others with art, some by baking treats. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we use the talents we’re given to make a difference.”