Arts & Culture
Richmond’s Ajaye Jardine is the BC Country Music Female Artist of the Year.
Singer Jardine releases 'Fill It Up Again' video
By Don Fennell
Published 3:40 PDT, Thu March 19, 2020
Last Updated: 2:16 PDT, Mon April 6, 2020
Ajaye Jardine is experiencing contrasting emotions.
After just releasing a new video for her good vibes track, Fill It Up Again, the award-winning BC Country Music Female Artist of the Year from Richmond is living through the challenges her new home of Nashville is facing in the wake of a recent tornado.
“It’s definitely very difficult to witness,” said Jardine, as she prepared for a concert following another day helping with clean-up efforts.
“There’s been such an outpouring of community. I’m committed to helping any way I can, and so is everyone in this town. People make a community, and this has been a true testament to people’s generosity and willingness to help.”
A self-described “storyteller,” Jardine’s music is both raw and powerful. As striking as her vibrant and powerful voice is, her lyrics are equally relatable and endearing.
“I create music because it’s who I am,” she explains. “When I was writing this album (Midnight & Bourbon) my intention was to be really honest with myself and share both the highs and lows I’d experienced (up) to that point in my life. From loss to love, heartbreak to self-improvement, I’ve learned to always find the silver lining in life, or the blessing in disguise, no matter how obvious or hidden it is.”
With over 100,000 streams and counting, Fill It Up Again is the latest song to shine off her award-nominated debut album. As for the album itself, Jardine says Midnight & Bourbon is exactly how she envisioned it.
“When I was considering who to produce it, Sheldon Zaharko was at the top of the list,” she continues. “His work really resonates with me as an artist, and it was a true collaboration. I have to also extend a special thanks to Creative BC which allowed us to record at Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, which was an amazing space. It allowed us to bring in musicians we really wanted to bring the album to life.”
Jardine says her goal was to show the diversity among us.
“We all face heartbreak and celebration. I believe life doesn’t happen to us, but for us. These are opportunities to help make us better humans, to love more openly and more compassionately and to learn to forgive others and ourselves. We need to live with empathy because we’re not that different.”
For more, visit ajayejardine.com.
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