We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaia and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jaia, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia, by way of Southwest Atlanta. My background in music dates back a few generations and all the way up to both of my parents. I grew up singing in the church starting at the age of three. Both my parents are musicians and singers and were once apart of a live band where my mom was lead singer and my dad was the bassist and music director. I was constantly surrounded by music. Growing up as an only child on my mom’s side was different. Sometimes even lonely. But In my lonesome I would write songs and create melodies on my keyboard. I was eight when this started. Around this time I began voice lessons. Not long after that I began recording songs in my father home studio, singing pieces that we both wrote. I was brought up in a mildly strict, Christian home where my parents always had me involved in extra curricular activities including sports, academia, and performing arts. Being the only child also contributed to my independent and competitive nature within myself-the me versus me syndrome. I found early satisfaction of achieving my own goals and working hard for them. I am the woman I am today because of the values instilled in me, the freedom to express myself artistically as a child and teen, and having a support system to cheer me on the way. the trials I’ve endured in my young adulthood has molded me into the resilient woman that I am . I lost my grandmother, my best friend, when I was 8 years old. Ever since the day of her passing, I promised her that everything that I do, I will do in my grandmother’s honor. That is what keeps me going.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Primarily, I am a singer and songwriter. Ive been writing songs since middle school as an escape. Ive gotten to where I am today because of a lot of practice. I went to college and received my bachelors degree in music-voice, which aided my theory knowledge. I recently released my debut EP Self Care on all streaming platforms. This project is the epitome of what I believe in the strongest. I believe in the power of healing and getting ourselves centered and balanced. I’d like to think Im different simply because of the message Im choosing to put out in such a time where the industry is operating on a trend frenzy. Many narratives are the same: jewelry, money, vanity, sex, and the list goes on. But Ive come to the realization that many of these same people who hide behind the glitz and glam are suffering from unhealed traumas meaning more than likely the fans are too. I promote healing and you will feel that listening to the EP. My Youtube channel Tastee TV with Jaia gives you an up close and personal look into my life. My Podcast Tastee Talk with Jaia further displays my passion for healing and empowerment. I am here to bring “soul” back into the entertainment industry.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Best Friend Week To-Do List

Day 1- Do her hair upon arrival( always happens) then slide to a low key lounge

Day 2- Retail Therapy and Spa then Dinner at Korean BBQ

Day 3: Night out at the Battery – The Punch Bowl or Top Golf

Day 4: Brunch ant Breakfast at Barney’s and go see my mom, ending the day at home with tequila shots

Day 5: sleep in to recover/chill day until departure.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Big Shoutout to Chris Kyles and the “Just Vibin’ Series” on The Vibin’ Network for helping me to spread my wings even more and for creating a safe space for creatives like me!

Also big shoutout to my parents Susan and Gregory for always nurturing me and believing in my dreams. I love you both!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/planet_jaia/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therealtasteetv/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7LskwQio-zfX4RHf1ziN4g

Image Credits
Gio Elegant Photography LLC

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