A truly great voice is one that delivers more to the listener than just the meaning of the lyric. It conveys a physical and emotional punch that leaves the listener with the effect of having lived the experience themselves.
Jade MacRae is such a voice.
Immediately arresting in its individuality, Jade's voice dips and soars through the verses of her debut single 'You Make Me Weak' with sublime ease. "You Make Me Weak", indeed!
Born of musical parents, Jade began learning piano at age three, then violin at eight. It was only natural then that Jade would gravitate to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to do her HSC.
Like any struggling student Jade paid her way through school by working nights and weekends, although not packing shelves or waiting tables. Instead she sang with whoever needed a good solid vocalist. Apart from singing her own songs in a band with Mahalia Barnes, there were pub gigs with Jackie Orszaczky and Renee Geyer, session work with Disco Montego, Endorphin and Pnau, and tours with Jimmy Barnes all helping make ends meet, and giving Jade a wealth of experience and contacts in the music industry. Her unique vocals were also sought after by legendary German producer/DJ Ian Pooley, who had her sing on his track 'Heaven', which was subsequently a #1 dance record in Germany.
It was while singing with Jimmy Barnes that Jade's incredible talent was noticed by bass player - and managing director of Workstation Records - Michael Hegerty. Teaming up, they worked on Jade's debut album with producers including Melbourne wunderkind Israel, Jarrad Rogers and LA-based Warren Campbell (Mary Mary) and White Chocolate (Brandy, Destiny's Child). Notable for a debut artist, Jade wrote almost all of the tracks on the album and co-wrote the remainder, proving herself not only an accomplished performer but a gifted songwriter as well. The stunning demo tracks lead to major label interest, with Roadshow Music cementing the deal in mid 2004.
Finally, everything is in place for the debut of Jade MacRae to the Australian public: a stylish and sexy video clip shot in Melbourne by Joel Pront (George Michael, U2, Bon Jovi, Mark Morrison), a photo shoot done in New York's iconic Chelsea Hotel, and a funk-tinged RnB single produced by Australia's leading RnB producers, The Elite Fleet.
Ready for the world, Jade MacRae has arrived.
v 'You Make Me Weak' on sale now through Roadshow Music/Sony Music Australia.
Jade MacRae In the Basement - www.girl.com.au/jade-macrae-in-the-basement.htm