Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Liar”?
“Liar” is a song about courage, hope and getting up, no matter how many hits you take in life. Sometimes the most difficult thing is to know who you really are and not to run from that truth. I have learnt to face it head on.
The most important thing is to be who you truly are, no matter what it takes. In life it is extremely rare to find people who truly want you to succeed, we need to know it is okay to break away from anyone who doesn’t push you to ask questions and motivate you every day to be the best version of yourself that you can be.
To anyone listening to “Liar”, I hope you feel empowered to demand better for yourself. You have the ability to chase dreams and break through anyone or anything that is holding you back.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I came to the realization that I had my life all planned out and before long, I felt trapped. I had surrounded myself with so many negative people and developed the habit of accepting second best from anyone.
I realized that I had been living a lie and forcing myself into believing I was happy, when I clearly wasn’t. I was faced with two choices, continue with “my plan” or get to know who I truly am.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Absolutely! I intend to return to New York later this year to shoot a music video for “Liar”.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was an absolute blast, it was over before I knew it. I spent more time taking in the sights and sounds of New York, than I did in the vocal booth. After only a few takes. I found myself on the subway back to my hotel, it all felt surreal! I just wish it wasn’t over so soon.
How Sia and Pink has influenced your writing?
Both artists have been a major inspiration to me and continue to show exactly who they are, without fear!
They are a constant reminder to remain true to who I am, both behind the microphone and lyrically when putting pen to paper.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are covering someone else rather than in your own?
A different approach is definitely necessary. My own material is a very intimate reflection of myself and is always fueled by personal experience.
I always treat covers as an opportunity to learn from artists who have come before me. It involves a lot more than just singing a song. There is always a very delicate balance between respecting what the artist intended for their song and being able to make the song my own.
The majority of my focus is spent on attempting to convey the emotional message of the song. I do this by attaching the lyrics to my own personal experiences and trying to reveal how that feels while I sing.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I have three new songs which are ready for release and I am currently working on adding to that list in the upcoming months.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Unfortunately the title will remain a secret for a little while longer. The next song is scheduled for release in March 2019.
Any plans to hit the road?
I am currently touring South-Africa with The Rockwood Theatre, performing 4 nights a week to audiences between 300-400 people each night. I would love the opportunity to take my message on the road sometime in the near future.
What else is happening next in Jessica Laws’ world?
Leading up to shooting the video for “Liar”, I will be hard at work, completing more songs for release. i will also be releasing a few covers of my favorite songs on social media.
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