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    • Please join me in welcoming singer-songwriter Jae Jin for a Cake Panel!

      About Jae: Jae Jin is an independent, unsigned global recording artist, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & actor (SAG-AFTRA). He has self-released 3 albums (one EP & two full-length albums). His latest album, a full-length titled 'Letters and Drinks' has already received numerous accolades and has amassed millions of streams on Spotify. He was recently awarded a 2019 John Lennon Songwriting Award and received 1st Place at the 2018 International Songwriting Competition. He has been recognized as an emerging force by the likes of Pat Monahan (Lead singer/songwriter of TRAIN), Russell Simmons (Def-Jam co-founder), and was recently featured on NBC’s The Voice (2019), the Emmy Award-winning TV show, House of Cards, and The Huffington Post. He has performed as a part of the prestigious global Communion Residency as well as performed in the past as a global artist for Sofar Sounds in 17 cities globally. Jae is also a recipient of a WeWork Creator Award for his original music and his powerful life story.

      “Echoing the likes of fun. and Jason Mraz, and with a voice like Sam Smith, Jin appeals to the deepest part of our souls – that tender, vulnerable side we too often build walls around.” -Atwood Magazine

      Welcome Jae!

    • So Jae - I know you've had an incredible journey overcoming adversity - both personally as well as professionally - to find joy in music. Can you tell us about it, and what's brought you to where you are today? 

    • Thank you so much for this opportunity, Victoria! Overcoming adversity does seem to be a common thread across my life story, but one I feel was quite necessary in my growth both as an artist, as well as a human being. The challenges and setbacks have served to strengthen and prepare me even as I continue this season of my life. Personally, it has been encouraging to take my illness experience (as a two time survivor) and apply it to the empathy I strive to have in connecting with others. I also know that as I enter my 5th year doing music professionally,
      that for every one social media post or good news I share with those who support me,  there are so many rejections and failures. But I'm starting to realize that a lot of the greatest joys in my achievements wouldn't have its worth without the hardships. 

    • It definitely was a catalyst that threw me into the limelight. It also was my first taste of "going viral." Obviously, this kind of thing has its pros and cons, but I think I lucked out in that I took the pros and stayed grateful, and then took the cons and tried to find the silver linings in turning them into growth. Another thing I'm grateful for is that the response that so many had to my singing, led me to really decide to take the leap of faith to sing more in front of others. That has led me to perform and sing in over 90 cities over the past 5 years!

    • Congratulations on recently winning a 2019 John Lennon Songwriting award, as well as 1st place at the 2018 International Songwriting Competition for "11:11" - what did those milestones mean?

    • Thank you! Again, it's something i'm grateful for, but I don't find my identity in these accolades or even in music. It's simply something that supports something deep inside my heart that I'm on the path I was born to be on. I think it is such a privilege to be able to share something that you have to say. Songwriting is one of many ways that I'm able to speak what is on my heart and mind. Having a platform to sing and perform also gives me this opportunity. For that, I'm grateful. 

    • You recently took a leap of faith and were on The Voice in March. Unfortunately no chairs turned, but you wrote a very emotional blog post about what it was like to put yourself out there on a national stage and then to have no chairs turn. With the benefit of a few months between that time and now, how has that changed the experience for you? 

    • It definitely was an experience to say the least. I'll be honest, it was disappointing but I trust the result completely. When things don't go a certain way, my faith has given me the foundation to stay firm in knowing that circumstances will not shake the joy that I have. While failure--especially in front of so many people-- is hard, I do believe it is a necessity and it also means that it wasn't the right time or the right opportunity. The trick is to keep moving forward. Since that point, I've been able to set up a successful tour on my own, speak numerous times, and write a bunch of new music. Nothing changes. I continue forward. 

    • You just wrapped up a 17 city tour and now are back in the studio recording a new album. What do you want to infuse into your new songs?

    • I'll be honest... I've been in a bit of a rut musically, but I do think out of that has come some beautiful lines. I am taking it a song at a time, and have been going through a handful of perspective changes. The tribe of close friends around me have also been a godsend as they
      encourage me and keep me moving forward. 

    • It definitely depends, but I've always approached a song's words and content first. Lately, Tim (who happens to be one of my closest friends and a fellow songwriter) has been challenging me to evolve in my writing by pushing me to lean into the melody first through feel. This is changing (in a good way) my songwriting even further. The songwriting process is never-ending and I'd go as far to say that the more I improve, the more I feel I have to learn and grow. But that's definitely a good sign of things to come. 

    • It's kind of funny because my top 10 most popular tracks on Spotify are all different genres. They do all have "my sound" but its representative of my exploration and growth as a musician and artist. Many do point to 11:11 or Father's Land from my recent album because of the songwriting, but I love when I can convince someone to come see me
      live and the song that most simplifies and represents my live sound, is WHISKEY SONG

    • I hope that people take away hope. I always say that if the songs inspire or encourage, that's great, but my main aim is to challenge others in their own lived experience. All my songs have a redemptive element to them, and thus I want to provide a sense of hope that points to something more.  

    • You've done other entertainment projects like Netflix's House of Cards: are there any other places we can keep an ear out for your music?

    • I have indeed taken on acting as another creative pursuit, with one of my short films I had a lead in being show at the Atlanta Film Festival last year. I became SAG-AFTRA a couple years ago and hope to take on more creative projects in the near future. I should have some
      more exciting news to announce in the coming months so find me on social media and stay tuned! 

    • So many that I would name have sadly passed, but the first name that comes to mind is Ryan Tedder. I've followed him since before he came onto the scene thru TRL and since then has gone on to write for so many folks and then launch his own career through his band One Republic. I'd love to write with him one day and collaborate creatively! Thanks for the question, Jim!