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Interview with Vanessa Jamison, Singer, Songwriter and Amazing Performer

On her new single “Just Don’t” and much more

Jamiison has an authentic take on love and life in the modern world as illustrated through her songs.  This makes her an extremely relatable voice for the new generation of pop loving fans.  In a world where both song and dance is a normal way of expression, Jamiison fully encompasses both as a way of life. 

As soon as Jamiisson could talk, she quickly turned words into melody.  She soon realized that music alone didn’t fulfill her natural ability to perform.  So at a very young age after memorizing the dance moves of Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Beyonce, she twirled her way into becoming a competitive dancer.   Discovering the powerful combination of music and dance, it has allowed Jamiison to become a captivating performer, a skill that would later define her musical career.  Her natural on-stage presence combined with an irresistibly smooth voice gave her everything she needed to pursue her musical journey. 

In recent years, Jamiison’s career blossomed in ways that has taken her on adventures across the globe. She spent the last two years touring with international pop sensation Leehom Wang, accompanying him on stage as both a dancer and singer, performing duets in Mandarin Chinese in front of sold out stadiums and arenas.  

During her travels, while experiencing the ups and downs of long distance relationships, Jamiison has written songs that would soon establish her solo debut.  Her most recent release, the debut single ‘Just Don’t’ shows her truly stepping into her own as an artist.  Having accomplished so much in such a short period of time, there is no telling what heights Jamiison is capable of reaching.

Lisa: Thanks for your time today, Jamiison. So how are you keeping busy and musical these days during this crazy Covid-19 pandemic? How are you staying connected to your fans?

Vanessa Jamiison: During COVID I’ve taken the opportunity to go back and work on the basics of song writing and brushing up on the fundamentals of creating good music. I’ve been studying an online songwriting course’s through Berklee College of Music and participated in a songwriting workshop with other writers via zoom. I’ve been dedicating time every morning to challenge myself with creative writing prompts as well. I continue to do vocal warm ups that consist of breath strength training every day. I have been working through zoom and face time with my producers so we can keep my current project moving forward. During quarantine my dad setup a studio in the garage and I am able to do more from home.

I’ve been using social media to stay connected with fans. I’ve actually been super obsessed with tiktok (lol) which has opened up a broader audience for me.

Lisa: Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be a musician? What do you think motivates you day in and day out? How has that changed over the years?

Vanessa Jamiison: Yes – Very vividly actually. I was still in high school in Portland Oregon at the time and remember being at the Lady Gaga concert at the Rose Garden. She was in the middle of performing her song Bad Romance with all of her dancers. There were lights and props and effects everywhere. I remember looking straight at my mom and saying “this is what I was born to do.” It was pretty much a done deal after that, I knew at that moment I had to be on stage performing.

Oh boy haha. Motivation definitely evolves through time, but the one constant I’ve always had is my family. They believe in me and support me more than anything.

In 2019 I was given the opportunity to sing a duet with Leehom Wang on his most recent world tour. He is extremely inspiring and motivating. He’s so talented and just a great guy and seeing how successful he is in doing what he loves lights a fire inside of me to do the same.

But ultimately what drives me is that I genuinely love what I do. I enjoy performing and love the creative process… and no better motivation than passion.

Lisa: What kind of music do you think is going to come out of these crazy times? Are you working on anything new right now?

Vanessa Jamiison: I’ve already heard quite a few quarantine songs, if you haven’t heard it already please check out No Time To Be Sober by Uncle Kracker. It’ll really give you a laugh hahah

I’m continuing to compile my ideas and write new material and taking the time to finalize my project I’ve been working on over this past year. I can’t wait to share it.

 

Lisa: I really liked your single “Just Don’t”. Can you tell me more about it? What’s it about, and how did you get inspiration to write it?

Vanessa Jamiison: Ahh thank you so much! This is actually the only song in my project that I don’t have writing credit’s on. My producers played the song for me about a year ago as a demo. The second I heard it I knew I had to have it. My biggest thing is lyrical content and I immediately resonated with the lyrics. The song is pretty forward talking about dating and being stuck somewhere between more than friends but also not committing to a relationship.

The lyric says

“lately I’m sick of being your maybe”

“so make me all that you want, completely, or just don’t”

The song message boils down to giving someone the ultimatum of being all in or all out.

 

Lisa: You’ve moved from Portland to California. How do you think your hometown has influenced the kind of music that you make? If not, why is that?

Vanessa Jamiison: OMG, yes it absolutely has! I had a great childhood through my high school years. In Oregon I was surrounded by incredible people who constantly fed my creativity .Big shout out to my dance teachers and vocal coaches. I consider my hometown pretty down-to-earth, which ultimately affects my character and the things I write about.

Lisa: What is one message you would give to your fans?

Vanessa Jamiison: Just freaking DO IT. Stick with it. I know life can be extremely discouraging, especially right now during these crazy times but don’t stop working towards your dreams. Start new hobbies and fuel your passion no matter what it may be.

Lisa: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

Vanessa Jamiison: I LOVE THIS QUESTION! Hands down I’d go back to school for forensic science or for criminal psychology. I’m a HUGE true crime junkie and as morbid as it sounds I find everything about that world fascinating. I listen to a lot of podcasts that dissect the human brain, explaining how and why we do the things we do. I’m also pretty good at mystery solving. Basically,I’d be helping catch bad guys.

Lisa: You’re a natural performer and you’ve experienced sold out stadiums and arenas. What advice would you give to upcoming musicians?

Vanessa Jamiison: Oh, Advice…..just go for it. There’s always going to be someone in your audience that won’t appreciate what you have to offer. However, this should not deter you from sharing your music with the world. This really goes for everything in life, so why not just go for it in the biggest way possible.

Lisa: How do you nourish your creative side when you’re not working? And how do you avoid burnout?

Vanessa Jamiison: I’m actually super normal outside of my career. I find that everyday things are the most inspiring for me. For example, my morning cup of coffee! I could write a book about a morning cup of coffee. I think it’s all about finding power in simplicity and not overthinking. Not everything has to be supper profound all the time.

As a general rule, being a normal person is important to me. I want to be relatable to my audience.  Be social, eat good food, see your friends, go to parties, read something new, spend time with your family, go outside, be active, read a book, and even date. Let’s be honest bad date’s releases the creative juices. (haha)

Lisa: At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?

Vanessa Jamiison: I want my listeners to relate to my music on a personal level. When listening to music, I focus on the artist message. Most of the things I write about are current and personal. I want my audience to know that they are not the only one. Like wow! “ I’ve been through that before” or “I’m going through that right now”

For me personally there’s nothing better than listening to a song that I can relate to lyrically and personally I hope my audience feels that way when listening to me.

 

Lisa: What are your plans for the future?

Vanessa Jamiison:My plans for the immediate future are to finish current songs I’ve been working on and releasing those ASAP, while continuing to enhance my writing skills. My plans for the future are large and exciting but taking things one step at a time.:)

 

Thank you so much,

Vanessa (Jamiison)

Thank you!

Follow Vanessa: Spotify, Facebook, Instagram, Apple Music

 

What do you think?

Lisa

Written by Lisa

Lisa is an undergraduate at Universitá Degli Studi di Roma, she is currently studying course in modern pop culture. She loves to write about and live for the music.

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