'Banned ... But Vocally Free'
No matter the opinion of one somewhat shortsighted U.S. Customs official, Jade’s not a criminal—she’s just too damn sexy!
The one woman force of nature may be the first artist ever to be Banned in America because she’s exotically beautiful, nothing’s going to stop the Canada-based songstress from sharing her powerful, groundbreaking techno-rock attitude and music with the world.
In 2003, Jade’s self-titled debut (released in her adopted country on EMI) scored two major radio hits on Canada’s BDS/AC charts, but listeners to the south will soon be hearing a much edgier, confident artist than the one embraced by her fellow Canadians. “Lay Me Down,” the explosive, hard edged first single from her debut, will soon be hitting U.S. Hot AC radio, and the eagerly anticipated collection - titled after her ongoing struggles to battle customs officials over an insanely unjust and unfair five-year ban — will be available in stores and on the internet.
Chatting recently with Jade, I noted that it seemed she was still having some issues with US Customs Officials preventing her entry into the US. So, just what is it that the US has a hold over you on ...? "There aren't any reasons at all. It was just a misunderstanding between two individuals (The border officer and me). Because of the border situation for the US as we all know, the process takes a bit of longer than normal. I just have to be patient to wait for the weaver from the immigration judge. I strongly believe that the issue will be dealt with fairly."
... and when is this ban most likely to be lifted? "I really don't know."
Your album title 'Banned In America' isn't going to help your cause in being granted entry to the US! Is the title your way of sticking your middle finger up to them regardless?! "I don't know if it will help me to reenter to the US. That was not the true reason for me to name my album "Banned in America" at all any way. It is just a fact that the artist got banned because she was trying to pursue the "American dreams". There is no bitterness against the US officials at all."
If there was one track on this new album that truly encapsulated Jade at her musical and lyrical finest, which one would it be? " It would be 'I Am Alive'."
Realizing that it must be really difficult now for you to schedule a promotional tour to support this new album, just what damage does this do to your album sales this side of the water ... and how does one shine any kind of positive light on it? "To be honest, it is extremely difficult for me not be able to go to the US to do the promotion. As an artist, especially from China, my whole dream has been always to be able to achieve the "American dreams," Every step that I make is always to try to get closer to the US. I was devastated when the border thing happened. However, I also realized how important it is for me to hold on to that dream. I will not give it up because of one senseless border official individual. He cannot present the country that we all adore. He might be able to stop me physically to go cross the border, but he cannot stop my spirit to be connected with US People. My music is my life, is my soul. I hope the US people will like my music. I would be so blessed if I know that my music can add a little bit of meaning to their lives. That would be much more important than any thing I have been through in my life at this moment."
A native of China, you attended the prestigious Beijing Film Academy and starred in nine motion pictures and two TV series in your homeland before moving to Canada. Very impressive, but what do you miss most about that past life and its daily routines? "I truly appreciated that I had a wonderful career in China. I missed the people and friends I worked with. However, as far as the life routines is concerned, I don't miss that much. I enjoy my life in North America, I appreciate every single moment here when I am doing my music much more and I will continue to pursue my career in North America. My life would be even more enjoyable when I am able to go back to the US one day. I am sure that day will come!"
It's been noted that your main goal is to be the first Asian crossover pop rock singer in North America. That you want people to know that Asian singers can do the same things as Latin singers. So, just what is the difference between Asian singers and Latin singers? "The only difference is that Latin singers have made a big credit in the US market and Asian singers haven't yet."
What '80s (and possibly cheesy!) song would you love to cover today if asked ... and why?! "I am not sure about the 80's songs. But there is one song from 70's I would love to cover today is called 'You're So Vain.' I love Carly Simon and I love the lyrics. The song can related to so many people's real life experience including the artists themselves."
Lastly, I like Penguins ... do you?! "Tell me who doesn't like Penguins. Yes, very much so. Actually I like all animals."
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
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