New Jersey native, JAX won the world over on season 14 of “American Idol” with her sassy rock style, talent and likability. While she placed 3rd in the competition, J.Lo stated she could have won the whole thing.
After the show ended, JAX was ready to jump head first into her music career, but that didn’t happen when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 20-years-old.
The 6-song EP features JAX’s sultry vocals, poppy hooks and intoxicating melodies. Read what JAX has to say about the EP in my interview with her!
Hi JAX! Thanks for letting me pick your brain. How is 2017 treating you so far?
Hey! Of course! Looking forward to it. 2017 has already been a blast. January is a crazy month!
Congratulations on the upcoming EP! How would you describe the sound and vibe of the songs on Funny?
I think the lyrical tone is honest, vulnerable, and incredibly sarcastic. I refer to the overall sound as “confused pop”. I think it has some rock and electronic elements…And on tracks like Funny even some hip hop. But at the end of the day it’s clearly a pop record and I hope it brings good energy to everyone listening. I always thought pop music was the universal language.
I know you endured some serious health issues. What got you through those dark days?
Writing and exercising! I trained for a marathon once the doctors told me I could work out again and I basically lived in the studio aside from that. Writing has always been my go-to outlet when I’m going through something. Running and creating were the most cathartic healing methods for me on a physical and emotional level.
“Stars” is your first single. What does that song mean to you?
“Stars” was the first track in the writing process (among a few others that never made the EP lineup) where I wrote and sang about what I was going through health-wise. It was the first moment I could appreciate the strength that came out of a dark time for me and I wanted to share my story…because I know I’m not the only one.
What was it like working with Nash Overstreet from Hot Chelle Rae?
LOVE Nash. He’s the coolest. He also brought this gem Sidnie Tipton on board in the studio who is just as rad as Nash. We had the most natural session and then went and ordered ramen. So Cal 😜
There are plenty of people that are skeptical of the “American Idol” process and results. How has the show helped and hurt you?
I think it was an incredible platform and learning experience regardless of the results. I made some of the best friends I’ll ever have on the show and I got to embark on this wild journey of television, which I had zero experience in coming onto the show. It was definitely a trip and there are emotional ups and downs in every intense experience. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.
Now that the EP is out, what’s next? Touring? More recording?
YES. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store. Definitely working on some shows and I’m always in the studio banging out new material.
Describe what a JAX concert is like.
Being on stage is by far my favorite part of this whole things. I have a pretty special connection with the fans and it always gets pretty intimate. It’s pretty surreal to me still that people come out to see me…It’s seriously humbling. I love to break it down at the piano because it gives me some space to breathe and converse with the audience…Feel out the crowd. Every crowd is different. At the end of the day I just hope people leave the show with a smile on their face, feeling like they had their own personal connection with the music and show.
If you could tell your fans one thing collectively, what would it be?
Weird. Is. Beautiful.
Listen to the Funny EP on Spotify!
Featured photo by Cortney Armitage.