Tell me about yourself?
I am a singer-songwriter originally from a small town in Maryland, but have been residing in New Jersey for many years now. I’ve been singing since I was three years old, wrote my first song at age 9. Performed in theatre, have done studio work all of my life, and in 2016 I released my first EP, CICADA.
What Instrument(s) do you play, if any? And how long have you been playing your respective instruments(s)?
I play a little keys, a little lefty guitar. Neither very good, I use the melodies I hear in my head, singing them out, to start my songs.
What song(s) do you remember most from your childhood?
There are so many, but I remember clearly being so in love with “Raspberry Beret” by Prince. I remember running up to my Uncle Larry at our family bbq, and begging him to play it again and again…and he did!
Do you perform covers and if so what’s your go to?
Yes, a few! My favorite song to cover is Red Hot Chili Peppers “Breaking the Girl” and “Hero” by The Foo Fighters.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
I simply considerate it to be alternative and it can jump in the pool with rock, or sometimes it’s indie.
Do you have a process for writing your songs?
I am inspired by a word, a phrase, even the windshield wipers! So once I hear something or feel it, I grab my phone or if I’m at home, I record something right away.
Have you released any music yet, and if so how has it been received?
My debut EP was received well, considering I had no PR, I just put it out in the atmosphere. Most are not expecting my voice over this style of music, and that’s fine.
Are you planning any music releases for the near future?
My single Red Coat, is available everywhere on 2/15/19. And more to come from my upcoming EP release, High Dive.
If you have released music, where can fans to be find it?
My first EP is available to stream everywhere, and a great starting point for my sound. You can head to rashajay.com for starters.
Do you have social media, if so please provide links?
Where have you performed?
What are your favourite and least favourite venues? My favorite venue was The George Tavern in London. A fan bought me a pint because she loved my set- that was priceless! No least favorite venues yet, I just love to play live. I’ve performed in NJ, NY, and where I’m originally from in the Washington, DC/MD area, as well as the UK.
Do you have any gigs in the near future, and if so where and when?
I’m working on dates for some shows in NJ and NY, and I am thrilled to play my new music! And of course, my hometown.
How do you balance your music with other obligations?
Great question! For me, my music is what happens late at night, 1:00 am and beyond. It’s mostly created when the day is done.
Following on from that question, what has been your biggest challenge as a performer and have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so then how?
My biggest challenge as a performer has been nailing down all my favorite musicians to play with me for shows! They are rock stars and booked, and that’s a beautiful thing. But I cherish them, and they bring my music to life. As a singer who wails, I also take care of my #1 instrument, my voice, at all costs. I even changed my laugh some years ago, as my natural laugh was hard on my chords. Wild, but no issues ever since!
What advice do you have for beginners?
Stay on course, and realize that not everyone who adores you, adores your music or what you’ve made. Not the same thing, but press on. Gain new fans. Sing your song. (did not intend to rhyme there lol)
And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, living or dead, would you have dinner with and why?
Gary Clark, Jr! He is a talented badass, and I would love to create a song with him. So the dinner would just be my segway into jamming.
First Published on: https://offtherecordblog.org