I feature a lot of people on DaniTheDreamgirl, all pursuing some form of passion. This next feature is no exception! When the opportunity came along to interview Jade Wilson, I had no doubts that she would be great for the Dreamworld! Jade is a spunky teenager with a whole lot of positive energy and love to spread across the world. This 13 year old has an immense amount of passion not only for music, but also for some fairly important world issues such as human trafficking and bullying. Jade began singing at the age of 7 when she started memorizing the lyrics to her favorite songs; now she’s a YouTube sensation! Check out what she shares about her career, her journey thus far and what it’s like to be a young person with a purpose:
On your road to success, what’s the biggest thing that has happened to you so far?
So far meeting all my fans, being able to perform on the anti-bullying campaign concerts. I feel really fulfilled doing this kind of work.
How does it feel to know that so many people are watching you via social media?
It‘s not as scary as it looks and sounds, I still talk to everyone like normal–even though they treat me like I’m some rockstar! The truth is, I still feel like a regular kid…same old me.
How do you handle criticism that you may receive via social media?
Since you only live once (YOLO) it makes me want to do better and move on. I take constructive criticism well, I scrap the other stuff.
At your age, your voice is still changing, how do you handle/overcome that hurdle?
I have been doing work with vocal coaches and participating in artist development programs in Atlanta. So this has been helping me learn my vocal range and how to deal with any vocal changes that may come about.
What artists do you look up to and why?
Nicki Minaj, because she’s so unique to me and colorful. I also adore some of the greats, like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight.
Was “Don’t Give Up” inspired by real-life events?
When I read the lyrics, I immediately connected to it, because I want to be the voice for those who have been bullied and give them courage. Hearing it from a peer, I think my age group will accept my message to stand up and don’t give up.
I know that you are taking part in advocating against and building awareness for major issues such as Human Trafficking and bullying. Does it add any pressure to know that you are speaking up about some pretty big issues going on in the world?
Yes, especially when people look up to me and I can inspire them to do something better or join the cause. I actually cried the first time I heard about this issue and the problems associated with this dreadful activity. But just to be able to help in anyway and bring awareness to this makes me feel better than any pressure.
What specifically are you doing to help combat about these issues and when were you first moved to take a stand?
Starting with the positive messages in my songs, participating in programs aimed at informing the youth at places like the boys and girls club. Also speaking with as many radios, blogs (like yours) and events to bring mainstream awareness.
What upcoming projects do you have in the works?
We have been recording my first album, and my label (RFMAP in Atlanta) is working on putting together an Anti-bullying campaign radio tour, starting with my single, “Don’t give up.” Also I will be working with a lot of influential people and filming a reality show with the hopes of reaching even more people.
How can fans support you on your journey?
As always, follow me on YouTube, Twitter (@realjadewilson), Facebook and Instagram (shrimpling). We also have signature merchandise that everyone can buy (my “Swerg” t-shirt is a top seller right now). Also we are going to start a crowd funding campaign that my fans can pledge to help me advance on my journey.