Today we’d like to introduce you to JaeOne.
Hi JaeOne, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hey y’all, I’m JaeOne! I graduated from North Carolina A&T. I have a degree in Marketing, with a minor in Supply Chain Management. With lots of focus and hard work, I also graduated with honors. I love to make music, write, paint, and do makeup!
I was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Lithonia, Georgia. Growing up, I was an only child who was very involved in sports, but also had lots of time to myself. I was a very artistic/creative child. I loved to draw, paint, write, dance, etc. I vividly remember being so infatuated with poetry and writing stories. I would sit in my room for hours and let my imagination just take over. But, on the other hand, music has always been a part of my life. Whether it was me listening to V-103 every morning on the way to school, watching 106 and Park countdown after school, or listening to music during basketball practice. I always loved the way music made me feel. I was very shy growing up. I’ve always known that I could rap, I was just so scared of others’ opinions. I would rap in the mirror-like Issa Rae from Insecure (I still do that) or pretend that I’m a pop star…dancing around in my room. I have always known that I had a light inside of me, I don’t regret starting music so “late” because God’s timing is always perfect. Fast forward a couple of years, I am a freshman in college. I freestyled in front of one person over a 21 Savage beat. The look on their face was priceless! It felt like a light switch went off in my head. At that moment, I knew that I was gifted. Unfortunately, I was still very shy and cared too much about how others perceived me. A couple of years went by and Covid 19 happened. At that time, that’s when I really started writing lots of poetry /music. I had still never been to the studio, but something inside of me just kept saying “keep writing”. One day, I was with a friend and she jokingly said “Let’s go to the studio”. She didn’t know that I could rap. I had so many songs already in my notes, I could not pass up the opportunity. We made one song that night. We posted it on social media, took the feedback, and ever since then I never stopped making music. I have only gotten better and better. Till this day, I still thank her for taking me to the studio. She has no idea how much making music has helped me grow as a person. God is always on time! He gave me many talents, and I can’t wait until my voice reaches the masses. I know I will continue to inspire people.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I would be lying if I said it was a smooth road making music. With the way I write music, 95% of my songs are poems that are very personal to me. Being vulnerable is hard. But I find comfort in knowing that if I share my truth, I could potentially help so many people feel as though they are not alone. A struggle that I recently overcame, is not being embarrassed when I post/release music. I have only been making music a little over a year. It feels as though people are just now starting to take my music seriously (which I love). I had to wrap my head around the fact that people genuinely support and listen to my music. It can be hard for my brain to process that at times.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
At times I feel as though I live a double life. I work in Corporate America. When I leave work, I go straight to the studio. I guess you can say I’m the black Hannah Montana. No one at work knows that I make music. I like to keep that side of my life very private. In my personal life, I am known for being a musician, makeup artist, a great friend and someone to confide in. I am most proud of my ability to express myself authentically. I never want to look or act like someone else. I also love how I am starting to find out who “Jaelyn” really is. When I walk into a room, my light shines bright! I never let others dim my light. I can only thank God for that. I believe that my kindness and personality sets me apart from others. There are a lot of mean-spirited people in this world. I thank God every day that he made me that way that he did.
Some of the plans I have for the future (music-wise) would be having my voice reach the masses and being known worldwide. I want to inspire and help as many people as I can. Whether it be through music or showing people how God is continuously working in my life. I plan on doing live performances and possibly shooting some visuals. Being consistent with releasing music and doing more features are always a must! I am looking forward to improving my penmen-ship and showing the world that I am a star.
- Instagram: @itsjaeone
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/8cwSErF8Wbj4dBD89
- Other: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/jaeone/1560073765
Photographs taken by: @twisted.sanity @kbtxo @neverthemstudios