Singer, songwriter and all-around entertainer, Jaye Valentine, is back on the scene. While traditional standards categorize her music as Urban Contemporary, her sound is anything but one-note, pulling from rock, classical, country,
hip-hop, gospel and the soulful sounds of her fave of all time, Aretha Franklin. Jaye has been captivating audiences since she first started singing in church at 7yrs old . She then took her talent to the next level and began performing with a girl group at age 13. Jaye's real passion for music rests in the art of creating a body of work, a process she describes as the "art of zeroing in" -- dreaming it, vocalizing it and crystalizing it. Fresh and diverse, she's comfortable performing with a full band before large audiences, but is just as excited to be alone with a mic before an intimate crowd, inviting fans into her world as she shares parts of her journey and lights the way to a piece of her beautiful soul. She attributes her sultry silky tone and music adeptness to God first, and then various members of her family--including her father who helped shape her vocal talent. His teenage group, the Evangelistic Gospel singers, sang in competitions with gospel great, Jessy Dixon, of the Zioneers in his hometown of San Antonio, TX; Her cousin, who she refers to as a musical genius, who worked with many legendary artists such as Diana Ross and the Temptations; And her mom and aunt, who play the piano beautifully, which is also Jaye's instrument of choice. Jaye returns to the music scene with her long overdue sophomore album -Zer0 In, and single --EZPZ.
"This project represents resilience for me. We all went through a hard time during the pandemic, and things were put on pause. I also went through some tough experiences with some not so savory characters in the industry. I endured, finished what I started, and I am proud of that. "Zeroing in" on something means that you are displaying discipline, focus and determination. When I was putting together the track list and order, numbers started speaking to me. The title of the project starts at the number 0 and then each song incorporates a number in sequential order from 1-9. In numerology, numbers mean different things -- for example, zero means complete freedom from limitations. I love that significance. While the number nine, the last song of the album, means completion, although not the final ending."
ZERO IN is composed of 9 tracks, each song varies in tone, all original, and having deep meaning to the BMI songwriter. The soul-filled catchy collection is a reminder of the trials and tribulations we all encountered these past few years, ranging from melodic and turned up, to an old school vibe feeling with a distinctive contemporary twist where Jaye's style meets at the juncture of many genres; a track list which Jaye is happy to breakdown--
Since we last heard from Jaye, her chill style and rich vocals remain ever present, yet she's matured with a more introspective collection
"Track 1: Jaye Vally 1ntro – I’m telling the world who I BE !
I actually wrote this verse as part of an R&B Cypher for Houston artists.
Track 2: EZP2 – My team and I work hard; but it feels like we make it look so easy so other people don’t appreciate it, think they can do it or criticize. This song sort of makes fun of that. Killa Kyleon, of Slim Thug’s legendary Boss Hogg Outlawz, is featured on the record.
Track 3: The Pric3 – A song about some of my experiences and observations in the music industry. I’ve been through some thangs, lol
Track 4: 4 the Lovers – A song about being in a long term committed relationship and being ok with that, especially in a world where ‘hot girl summers" are more mainstream.
Track 5: 5low Up – A fun song about someone that makes you feel your best and makes you happy.
Track 6: Con6tency – A song about what a girl needs in a relationship; this started off as a conversation with an amazing Houston artist in the studio -- Brendalynn McKinney; The producer, D. Bottz, captured that conversation and featured it in the song.
Track 7: 7 Year Itch – A song about the infamous 7-year itch in relationships; one of the few songs that I have written and released that is a bit more pessimistic.
Track 8: LibHER8tion – A song about breaking free from whatever chains held you down
And Track 9: Live in the Li9ht – an uplifting song about going for your dreams and reaching your fullest potential.
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