JAYE WOOD - 10 Questions Music Interview
D.C., Maryland (DMV) native Jaye Wood is the newest R&B sensation who is about to top your playlist. The singer-songwriter is no stranger to the limelight. His career spans Broadway, television, and the stage. His journey started in the entertainment industry as a successful child actor (credited as D. Jamaar). His most acclaimed roles were Young Simba in Disney's theatrical play The Lion King which premiered on Broadway, Young Wesley in Preaching to The Choir, and his appearance on The Dave Chappelle Show. Jaye Wood gets his musical influence from the 90’s R&B era; it is very clear, as soon as you hear Jaye's smooth vocals, that he is the real deal. From his incredible falsetto to his to his rhythmic runs Jaye Wood is the voice, the songwriter, and the performer that R&B has been waiting for.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
HAHA... the catalyst for my music writing career would have to be my sister ... Mrs. Jennie Marie Brown. She is my biggest advocate and the absolute best friend I have in this entire world. She believed in me way before I even knew I had a talent for this. And she is also the very reason I'm able to be with you all here today! Big ups to @JMCWORLD AKA J.M. Brown.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Man if you consider this the craziest thing ... I would say the fact that I released a WHOLE ALBUM! And on top of that I own the masters!!!!! Come through indie artist!
What has been the high point of your music path?
So far being nominated for 7 "WAMMIES" Awards! If you're not familiar, The WAMMIES are music awards for Washington, D.C. area performers, Originally issued by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA). On March 9, 2018, The Musicianship acquired The WAMMIES, and continues to support the annual celebration of local musicians and artist.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Songwriting has to come natural to me. I'm all about the vibe I feel from the music. My inspiration can come from an array of sources ... Friends/Family/Life experiences ... It really depends on what's going on in my life or close around me.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge facing indie artists is marketing. It's so freaking difficult to be heard when you don't have the backing of major music labels. Everyone is riding the same wave so it makes it difficult to be heard.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I can't pick one ... I want to collab with everybody. My music is more than likely described as RnB/Pop. But since you guys are forcing my hand I'll play along HAHAHAHAHAHAHA .... Let's go with up and coming female rapper Nia Monaé - she is fire!!!!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Have you ever watched the movie "The Jacksons: An American Dream" It makes me bring out the best and prepares me for anything when it comes to live shows. And if you all know anything about live shows ... The show must go on baby!!!!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Hmmm I think it would have to be "Fool for you" on my debut album Child Star. I actually wrote the first verse and chorus in like 4 minutes. It was a bet. My dad came home and said "I bet you can't write and record something in 5 minutes" ... So guess what? .. I DID. The biggest challenge was finishing this song several years later and channeling the vibe I felt to create it in the first place.
What's coming up in the future?
This year I'm dropping an EP. There will be some epic features from other up and coming artist. I'm so excited for everyone to hear what I've been up to since Dec. 2018.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Listen on Spotify
Come vibe with me and don't be afraid to let me know you're listening!