Question: Are you enjoying Australia, so far?
Jayda Grace: Yes, I am.
Question: What did you enjoy most about performing at Slime Fest?
Jayda Grace: Slime Fest was so much fun; there was so much energy in the arena. The audience was massive, it wasn't what I expected but it was crazy good. Guy Sebastian is so nice and down-to-earth and all the other artists at Slime Fest were amazing, Big Time Rush was so much fun so we had a blast together. The crew was so nice; everyone was amazing there which is why it was so much fun.
Question: How would you describe Run Dat Back?
Jayda Grace: Run Dat Back is a song to get people up and dance and not care what anybody thinks. Run Dat Back is meant to be a catchy song, it has received a great response and everyone loves it. I'm glad it's doing well. Get up and dance to Run Dat Back because it's a fun song, that's all about the music.
Question: Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?
Jayda Grace: I am a songwriter; I've released one song that I've actually co-written called Mr Magic which was a tribute to Michael Jackson. I haven't recorded any songs that I've written as of yet. When writing I get inspirited by real life situations, at the moment I am writing about how getting there is so hard and it's about working hard and work ethic. I want to write songs that are meaningful which is why I use real life inspirations. It's so important for me to work hard and that's what inspires me when I write too.
Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
Jayda Grace: Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber – there is a whole, long, list!
Question: What's next? Tour/Album/Single?
Jayda Grace: I'm not aware if we are releasing a single or an album but we are in the studio day and night recording songs and figuring out melodies and lyrics. It is all a big ride but we're doing well, so far.
Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
Jayda Grace: There hasn't been moment were I seriously considered it but there are moments where I have thought 'what would happen, if I did walk away from the music industry". I think everyone gets that feeling sometimes but I would never actually do it because this is my passion and it's what I want to do, I feel like I'm almost there as I've been working so hard. Everyone has been so supportive.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Jayda Grace: No, I actually don't. Performing live is great because you feel the audience and you feel the responses and you can adlib. But when recording you can get everything perfect and if you don't get it in the first take you can take your time and figure out what you like better; with live performances you have to go with the flow. I like them both.
Question: What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Jayda Grace: Beyonce and Michael Jackson inspired me because they're such amazing performers but they're also down to earth and they love/loved to give back. They are who I look up to.
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Jayda Grace: The biggest challenge has been that people sometimes turn me down without seeing what's in me; the challenge is getting people to actually notice me and see what I'm about.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Jayda Grace: My favourite part is looking back and seeing where I was and now seeing that I'm performing at Slime Fest, it is so surreal. I started so young and now I'm here and it's only been a few years and everything is moving, I'm so excited!
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Jayda Grace: Beyonce! People describe me as a mini Beyonce and I think it would be cool to be next to her and do her dances next to her, together, it would be so much fun!
Interview by Brooke Hunter