Emma Jaye

FRESH: ‘Selfish Love’ – Emma Jaye

US pop artist Emma Jaye releases “Selfish Love”.

by Christopher Smith

Pop artist Emma Jaye fell in love with music on the first song she wrote at the age of 8. Not knowing anything about a musical note, she wrote a song about her Dad and sang it to him proudly. She still remembers all the lyrics today. As you can imagine, having his 8 year old daughter write and sing a song about him was incredible in his mind – and he praised and encouraged his daughter. That’s all Emma needed: before she knew it she was planning her days around Hannah Montana, Beyoncé, Toni Braxton and all the pop greats, soaking in their talent. She would even put on performances to anyone who would listen (including her babysitters!).

But developing her musical talent was a bit of a struggle initially and Emma’s shyness held her back for a while. Emma is L.A. based these days but growing up in New York wasn’t easy, Emma felt really invisible as a kid, was incredibly shy and thought that she really didn’t ‘fit in’. This all started to change when, at the age of 9, she bought her first song “Seasons Of Love” by Rent, and took up voice lessons closely followed by a successful stint in acting in a few movies and television shows. But her inner voice kept pulling her back to music. The first song she ever published was called “Invisible”- a very personal song about her childhood shyness and feelings of isolation. Emma says, “Having felt invisible all my life it hit close to home and I wanted others who felt the same to know they weren’t invisible. I wanted other who felt like me, who felt invisible, to know they were not alone and that I saw them”.

In Emma Jaye’s eyes music has the ability to change lives and offer healing. By writing songs she seeks to help others and find answers to the problems we face today as society and as individuals. The inspiration behind her new single ‘Selfish Love’ is about protecting yourself from heartache and not allowing yourself to be pulled into something harmful. As Emma says: “Selfish Love’ was inspired by me feeling afraid of jumping into a new relationship. My heart had been so hurt by the people in my past that I wasn’t sure I could take the risk by opening it up to another person. My survival mechanisms kicked in and told me that I should protect my heart because people were potentially threatening to it. So I wanted to end things before I got hurt, since love for me has always meant having my heart get wrecked”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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