I recently sat down with Bianca Jade Sirgany aka Bianca Jade, a 25-year-old singer/songwriter from Miami, Florida. Bianca Jade talks about her latest visual, “On and On”, her love and respect for the late queen of soul, Aretha Franklin and why transparency is important to her. Check out her latest video, “On and On” at the top.
MA: You’re a young and beautiful artist, who was raised in Maryland and Florida. Who were you inspired by growing up as an artist in the making?
BJ: Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Sade, Prince, and Stevie Wonder.
MA: That is a very respective list you have just mentioned, particularly the Queen of Soul, the late Aretha Franklin.
BJ: When I was nine years old my mom gave me an Aretha Franklin CD. I played “RESPECT” and “Chain of Fools” over and over again and would sing along with the record. I loved the soul in her voice and wanted to emulate her powerful voice. This was when I realized my passion for singing and for music.
MA: How has Aretha’s influence impacted your writing process?
BJ: It depends. If I’m alone, I write at my keyboard just vamping chords and letting out melodies and lyrics or if I have a beat I’ll listen to it with my headphones on and let the melodies come. When I’m with my writing partner DapYP we’ll bounce ideas off of each other and the producer will create around it. In both cases, I love to create my own vibes with candles, low lighting, and incense.
MA: Do you remember the first song that you wrote and what was it about?
BJ: the first song I wrote was called “In Circles” and it was about being in a crazy relationship with someone who wasn’t treating me right. I was 14. I had never been in a relationship before.
MA: So you just released your latest music visual, “On and On” from your EP, “Jade Vol. 1”. Tell me more about that song and what inspired it.
BJ: The beat was produced by Beya, written by DapYP and myself, recorded and mixed at House of Dreams Studio in Miami, FL. Dap and I went to Beya’s house one day to work on some music and he played this beat for us that just had a really funky, soul vibe to it. It just felt like me and I immediately started singing to it. The whole creation of the record flowed pretty effortlessly. The content of the song is inspired by a story of loving someone who might not be good for you but you still love them anyway.
MA: And the video?
BJ: The video was directed by Jillian Iscaro, Creative Direction by Melissa Marin and Cinematography by Joshua Echevarria. We shot the music video at Root Studios in Brooklyn and it was a full 2-day shoot. Jill’s whole team was incredible and made the process work very smoothly. I loved working with this team and they truly captured the dreaminess of my personality and the song.
MA: What is your opinion on the music scene today?
BJ: I feel like there’s a lot of artists that are just riding a wave to stay relevant. There are some great artists though who are talented and have their own uniqueness about them and I feel those are the artists who will have longevity.
MA: With the combination of uniqueness and longevity, how important is it to build important connections?
BJ: With any connection I make, transparency is important to me. I don’t care if you are the President of a record label or a janitor, I will give you the same respect and the same version of myself. I use my connections to help spread my music and message of love and light. I also look out for those who look out for me because I believe the energy I meant to be reciprocated and in constant flow.
MA: If you could use your music and message of love to collaborate with someone, who would that be?
BJ: I would love to work on an album with Salaam Remi.
MA: What advice would you give to an artist that you may have received yourself?
BJ: Be yourself, don’t let anyone take advantage of you, know your worth but don’t just say no because something won’t pay you right away, don’t be too prideful to collaborate and READ THE FINE PRINT. Know the industry you are in. Everyone is just trying to make it and is figuring things out as they go.
MA: What do you want the readers to walk away knowing about you?
BJ: I want them to know that my music comes from a genuine place and I’m not here to jump on any bandwagons. I create music for you to dance to, to cry to and to love to as well. I am here to inspire my listeners to heal and be their best version of themselves.