"Each song wraps around your eardrums and tugs until it has engulfed your whole body” - Renee Jones, The Music. 

Atmospheric, passionate, dream-like fantasy-synth pop. If Karen Carpenter and Ellie Goulding were the eldest and the youngest sisters, Jade Diary would be the middle child, a truly unique voice.

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NEW SINGLE being recorded! 

I've been super busy with life in general but managed to spend some time writing a hot new single that was recorded at Soundbaker Studio recently. It's currently still being mixed and perfected ... so please be patient my little precious peeps!

So excited about it ... I will be working on a music video for it in the next month or two ready for the new release. 


Easterfest 2013 

Easterfest Madness!

Had a most excellent and exciting time at Easterfest in Toowoomba Queensland in March, and you can have a look at some photos of the trip here at this long funky link:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151405239652991.1073741828.550797990&type=1&l=64334dc885


Easterfest madness!


Highlights: gourmet hotdogs, interviews galore, signing a teenage fan's denim jacket (the first time I've ever signed a piece of clothing :) and supporting Evermore in the Big Top! Have a look at the photos.

By the way, you can 'like' my FACEBOOK page right here: http://www.facebook.com/jadediarymusic


Enjoy your week ... till next time!

Love,


 
http://www.jadediary.com

I Am Not A Bird 




No, not really. In fact, I don't think I'm any kind of winged creature or close to being able to fly. Wish I could sometimes. Don't we all?


"I am not a bird" is the first lyric line in my song, 'Rivers' from my debut album, Mermaid, in case you were wondering why the 23 March event at Clancy's Fremantle is named in such a way. Would be great to see you there!

You can now buy tickets online for a discounted price here: http://www.giggedin.com/gigs/fremantle/2013/03/jade-diary-i-am-not-a-bird-8ae993bc

Only those who purchase their tickets online will be in a draw to win a Clancy's Food Voucher for the night! So what are you waiting for, get those friends buy those tickets:

http://www.giggedin.com/gigs/fremantle/2013/03/jade-diary-i-am-not-a-bird-8ae993bc


Beautiful Album Review on themusic.com.au

Recently had my album reviewed on themusic.com.au who are associated with Drum Media. Check it out:

http://themusic.com.au/reviews/album/2013/02/27/jade-diary-mermaid-renee-jones/

Lim matches her melodic tones and emotionally rich lyrics with some fantasy-inspired synth to produce a debut album with a dream-like quality that’s second-to-none. Introducing us to her work, Lim pulls you in with opening track Mermaid, which, funnily enough, familiarises us with the idea of the mermaid’s beauty, while simultaneously allowing us to explore every gorgeous facet of Lim’s melodic and haunting vocals.

An album with more highs than lows, each track has a different selling point – whether it is the lyrics in Cold Hearted that Lim passionately sings, “Your scent it lingers and it steals away my sanity.../Blinded by beauty and seduced by my vanity”, the perfect match of synth and percussion in A Thousand Days, or the soaring, lingering vocals in Lucid Dreams, each song wraps itself around your eardrums and tugs until it has engulfed your whole body.

The album is an exploration of various sincere, well-articulated emotions, without sounding whiny and repetitive. Like the swift, yet graceful movement of a mermaid, this album flows flawlessly through a saturated music scene, leaving you in bewilderment of what you have just experienced. It’s hard to fault this album. Jade Diary’s debut is something Perth, and Australia, should be proud of.

You can buy my album here by clicking at the image or at this link: http://www.jadediary.com/store
 
Buy Mermaid album

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/mermaid/id562445691


New Dance Track: SILVER CLOUDS

I collaborated with UK dance music producer, Pentaprism, to co-write and sing for a song called Silver Clouds. In the first day of Pentaprism uploading the track to his Soundcloud profile, the song attracted more than 1600 listens! Have a listen here by clicking on the picture below and please share it with your friends on Facebook or anywhere else: 

Silver Clouds - Pentaprism feat. Jade Diary


https://soundcloud.com/numatik-lab/pentaprism-ft-jade-diary



EASTERFEST, Toowoomba Queensland!

I will be flying with my 5 piece band to Toowoomba, Queensland, to perform in Easterfest on 28 March 2013. Headlining this year are Audio Adrenaline, Relient K, James Morrison, Tigertown and many other artists. The Clancy's gig on 23 March is like a pre-celebratory event just before we fly off! If you will be at Easterfest from 28 March to 31 March, please come to some of my shows:


Acoustic Duo shows at Easterfest:
28 March Thurs 8pm - The Olive Branch
29 March Fri 3.20pm - Cafe Forte
30 March Sat 11am - GPO Cafe

FULL BAND (6 PIECE) show at Easterfest:
31 March Sun 11am - Big Top Tent



That's all for now! I look forward to meeting you in person on 23 March at Clancy's Fremantle (note it's NOT Clancy's Mt Pleasant!). 51 Cantonment Street, Fremantle.

Love,



 

I want to give you 'A Thousand Days'! 

Free songs for you! Upcoming Album Launch on 6 September. Interview by The Sonic Reverie and Exclusive Videos! 
If this doesn't look pretty, please click here:
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For a limited time only, get Jade Diary's 'A Thousand Days' hit single for free

For a limited time only...

I am now offering my new CD of 5 songs, 'Love Thy Will Be Done', featuring an acoustic cover of Martika's hit song, 'Love Thy Will Be Done' for a special price of $8 - you won't find it anywhere else at this price! Click here to buy now: http://www.jadediary.com/secrets before the offer expires...

 

Glowing reviews ...

Here are what some reviewers including X-Press Magazine had to say about my new music:

"Jade Diary is an artist to watch; a voice that isn't like every other out there. The three songs that she wrote are full of emotion and imagery.
She will have you longing for the days when Lilith Fair was the concert to see, because surely she'd be part of it."
- Andrea Guy, Mossip

"Every now and then a new voice with fresh attitude arrives on the acoustic-pop scene. That voice is here within the soul of Jade Diary.
Prepare to be beguiled by the charming chanteuse ..."
- X-Press Magazine

"This is songwriting at it's best; an earnest message coated in a memorable hook and taken to new heights" - Simon McMurdo, The Sonic Reverie


 

FREE SONGS for you: 'A Thousand Days' + 'Landscape of Dreams'

For a short time only, I want to give you a free download of my song, 'A Thousand Days', just click here: http://www.jadediary.com/secrets  and see some exclusive behind-the-scenes videos.

Why? Just because you are very special to me ... anyone who signs up to my Jade Diary club is pretty fantabulous in my books! :D

Jade Diary EP 'Love Thy Will Be Done' Launch @ The Ellington + ALBUM LAUNCH 6 September


The 10 June launch at The Ellington for the 'Love Thy Will Be Done' EP was a sold-out success and great fun!

If you missed out, don't be sore, because my album launch is coming up on 6 September 2012 at The Ellington! It's going to be massive and I'll have my fantastic FULL band x

Also supporting the talented Prita Grealy after her long-awaited return to Perth from Germany at Clancy's Fremantle on 1 September. Listen and watch Prita Grealy in action here: http://prita.com.au/

For all upcoming show dates please go to http://www.jadediary.com/shows
If you would like to know what I really think of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga ....

The Sonic Reverie did an exclusive and in-depth interview here, to find out the meaning behind my single, 'A Thousand Days' please click here: http://thesonicreverie.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/interview-jade-diary.html.


That's all for now my lovelies! Wishing you a very happy week ahead...

Much love,



 
 

 




#2 on the Triple J Unearthed Pop Chart! 






As I write this my song, A Thousand Days, is #2 on the Triple J Unearthed Pop Chart! And #10 on the overall Unearthed Chart! 'A Thousand Days' jumped 61 places within a week! And it's made it to the #10 spot on the chart within 2 weeks. How excoitement.

Triple J haven't played my song yet though. If you want to hear it on Triple J radio, please text  and request "Jade Diary's A Thousand Days" to 0439 757 555. It's +61 439 757 555 if you life outside Australia. The phone cannot be called, only texted to.

If you haven't yet you can keep me high on the Unearthed chart by rating and reviewing my songs here: http://www.triplejunearthed.com/jadediary .

x

Jade Diary

Reviews: "Love Thy Will Be Done" EP 

The Sonic Reverie


EP: Love Thy Will Be Done, Jade Diary

Climbing the first rung of the ladder, 'Landscape of Dreams' brought Jade Diary to quite a few people's attentions as the project successfully crowdfunded the money for a second EP to be recorded. Tipping a few years away in raising and recording, it will all undoubtedly seem worthwhile when 'Love Thy Will Be Done', the result of the hard work, is given it's release in June.

Fans of Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift's charismatic take on country inspired pop should enjoy this collection of jangly, uplifting tracks, particularly the summery young love anthem,'Sublime'. Unsurprisingly, the title track isn't a coincidentally named original composition, but is a glorious take on the Martika track, complete with an ideal production to put the emphasis on Cheryl Lim's divine voice, shining at it's best, conjuring a scriptural atmosphere that sits perfectly alongside the lyrics.

Cheryl's voice is both captivating and emotive but the drawing point is it's subtle nature. 'Long Way From Home' strips back the production to bring a focus tightly on the relatable story locked within the lyrics and sees her voice at it's mesmerising best. With a haunting backdrop, 'A Thousand Days' sees Cheryl bringing the passion and honesty of Sarah McLachlan into her touching deliverance and easily sits as one of the standouts from the EP. Save for the enchanting drop of the chorus with it's ambient beauty that reaches a perfect climax for it's final rendition. This is songwriting at it's best; an earnest message coated in a memorable hook and taken to new heights with the dedicated Lim at the helm.


Don't expect to be hammered over the head with a forceful delivery, insisting you feel the message of the song; Jade Diary's music puts it out there and you can fetch however much emotion and meaning you like from it. Above all, this is music to enjoy. Not preaching, not politically charged but dealing with recognisable themes such as love and loss but doing it expertly. 'Love Thy Will Be Done' is a charming representation of Jade Diary's warmth and talent and when you're lazing in the garden on a Sunday afternoon, you'd struggle to find much better than this.

Reviewer: Simon McMurdo

Source: http://thesonicreverie.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/ep-review-jade-diary-love-thy-wll-be.html




Mossip


EP: Love Thy Will Be Done, Jade Diary

Rating: 10/10


Jade Diary is the name taken by Australian singer songwriter, Cheryl Lim. Love Thy Will Be Done is her first EP release as a solo artist. The title track is a song written by Prince for Martika's first album. (Anyone remember the ex- Kids Incorporated star?). Most won't remember the original version, as it wasn't a huge hit. Jade Diary brings such life to the track that was a little too synth heavy. Cheryl Lim's voice is front and forward here, as it should be. Prince always wrote the best ballads for women, and this song is no exception. It is ethereal and romantic and super girly. Cheryl takes this song and makes it her own.

The EP is 5 songs and is a preview for listeners. Her full length album will be out later in the year. Of the five songs, three of them are written by Cheryl. The other four songs share some traits with the title track. All of them possess the same dreamy melodies and they all have a strong vocal. Cheryl's voice can be compared to the likes of Jennifer Noble of Grey Eye Glances with a touch of Colbie Caillat thrown in for good measure. Another similarity that many of the songs share is a melancholic tone.

"A Thousand Days" is a haunting song of forgiveness with a new age vibe. The lyrics convey sadness and are about forgiving a person who has hurt you. "A thousand days, a million stars. All that you said has turned into scars. It's time to say goodbye to the hate that blackens what's left of my heart." Cheryl's sings in a breathless, sultry way that still retains a certain innocence. There's something refreshing about a voice that is pure and free from all the overt sexuality that seems to have a hold on most pop music. Jade Diary is beyond that. This is music that is beautiful because its focus is on the lyrics and melody and not on shock value.

"Tomorrow" is a song about a city dweller. The song paints a vivid picture of how one person can be lonely in the throngs of a big city, and yet remain hopeful for bigger and better things to happen in the future.

Unrequited love is the theme of "Sublime," one of the EP's more upbeat sounding songs. The song has jangling guitars and a great beats, shades of Belinda Carlisle. This is pop perfection.

The EP ends with the mellow "Long Way From Home." It is another song about a love that's gone, and it couldn't be sung prettier. In fact, Cheryl Lim sings about sad subjects better than just about any artist. Her voice is soothing and angelic. Sadness should not sound so good.

Jade Diary is an artist to watch; a voice that isn't like every other out there. The three songs that she wrote are full of emotion and imagery. She will have you longing for the days when Lilith Fair was the concert to see, because surely she'd be part of it. Love Thy Will Be Done is just enough music to satisfy the listener, and it will help tide fans over until her full length album is released.

If you are looking to sample a new artist, look no further than Jade Diary. Love Thy Will Be Done is a reminder of all that is good in music. This is an EP that will definitely be put on repeat on your iPod or stereo, because it is simply that good. It is one of this year's best listens. If you haven't heard Jade Diary yet, what are you waiting for?

Review by: Andrea Guy

Source: http://mossip.livejournal.com/737221.html

Landscape of Mistletoe 




Little known facts about Mistletoe


(Thank you fount of all wisdom, the Internet)

Phoradendron, the scientific name for American mistletoe, means "thief of the tree" in Greek. Although not a true parasite in scientific terms, mistletoe comes close, sinking its roots into a host tree and leeching nutrients from the tree to supplement its own photosynthesis.

Hmmm... I think I've rambled on enough about mistletoe!

I hope that my email finds you happy and well, enjoying this celebration of the birth of a child who would grow to a King who would rule hearts, conquer evil and divide nations. Love him or hate him, Jesus is the reason for Christmas. What's all this Santa and mistletoe business! ;) x


The EP

My EP is coming along nicely and will serve as an hors d'oeuvre to my album which is the 'main course'. David Skeet, my producer, and I are working hard to make everything sound beautiful and speccy (Aussie slang for 'spectacular' ;) which is why it's taking some time. Good things come to those who wait, so thank you for waiting my lovelies! x

The EP release is scheduled for March 2012. The album will be released some time after the EP in 2012 ... Hurrah!


New Logo

The more observant of you will notice my new 'Jade Diary' logo. It took many back-and-forth emails and tweaks by talented Artist, Rebecca Morgan, and my very patient and lovely French Graphic Designer, Anne-Alexia Louarn (Alex for short ;) before we arrived at the final logo. Another Hurrah!


Music Video

My new music video shoot was a success and shot over two INSANE days with Giovanni C. Lorusso as Director and my lovely and talented 1st Assistant Director, Erin Kujda. It involved a crew of many extras, make up artists, smoke machines and hard-working crew. It was not without drama and incident (including difficulties with a smoke machine which was not churning out smoke in a consistent way). In spite of that, it was a fun shoot and we are really happy with the results. Giovanni is still cutting and prettying up the video while he is in Sardinia, so I am still eagerly awaiting the final video which will be released as the first single of my EP in March 2012.


I want to wish you and all of your family and friends a very happy and wonderful Christmas and New Year! Thank you for your ears, hearts and minds. I am deeply thankful for your friendship and support!


Love lots xox

Jade Diary



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Cupcake anyone? 


Cupcake anyone?




Welcome to my never-ending tea party...

This is a photo from a recent photoshoot and you can see more of the 'tea party' shots if you go to http://www.jadediary.com/photos. My sis-in-law, Annie, made those tasty cupcakes by the way... thanks Annie! Remember to invite me 'round to the house for a few more for din-dins ok? ;)

The photo-taking spree has not ceased, because I am preparing for PHOTOSHOOT Part Deux this Saturday! This time it'll be a different theme and I'm not telling what it is ....sssh. I think I'm just trying to re-live sad, old un-realised childhood dreams of becoming a model and fashion stylist haha. You can ask my shrink!


Behind-the-Scenes: Recording 'Start Over Again'

I've put together a short video of my behind-the-scenes fun in Sydney this past April. It's a recording involving cello (I LOVE Cello) of one of the 12 songs, 'Start Over Again'. This one's a ballad. The album is very diverse though, and you'll find a song for almost every kind of mood you might think of... :)  Click on the link or image below to have a squiz... Media




New Facebook Page

The more observant of you may notice that I have dropped 'The' from my name.... now JADE DIARY. Facebook (double grrrrrrrrrr) would not allow me to change my facebook fan page name to 'Jade Diary'. Therefore I have had to start a brand new Facebook Fan page: listn.to/JadeDiarymusic. I would mighty appreciate you having a look and 'LIKING' my new page! x


That's all for now my sweets!

Love,

Jade Diary

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A Song about You 

Hellooooo!

If this is the first time you're reading my blog... WELCOME! I'm Cheryl from Jade Diary and I write bittersweet singer-songwriter pop with touches of folk thrown in, intermingled with soul-revealing lyrics. Some say my music sounds like Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, Dido, Taylor Swift or Andrea Corr... well truth is, I sound like myself. Go to http://www.jadediary.com and click on the music player at the bottom to have a listen. 

I'm co-writing some songs with David, my producer, for my upcoming debut album and coming up with some really irresistible tunes! Can't wait to present them to you but you'll need a wee bit of patience! :)

In the meantime I have a fun competition for you to participate in ... (drum roll please)...


"Jaded and lovin' it!" Competition

Prizes:

- All who enter will be able to receive 2 FREE EPs to download (7 songs in total).

- You also go into a draw to win an $80 AMAZON Gift Card (buy books, CDs, DVDs) or $80 STOP STARING voucher so you can look like a 40s movie star with their glamourous vintage fashion... where I got my green dress in the pics and where Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Rihanna shop!


To enter all you have to do is:

1. Subscribe to my Jade Diary letters at http://www.jadediary.com/freesongs .

AND


2. Share this blog on your Facebook profile (just click SHARE below this blog) OR  email at least 10 of your friends encouraging them to read this blog. Please cc me at cheryl@jadediary.com if you are emailing your friends and include your friends' email addresses in the bcc section so you protect their privacy.

OK, time for me to get back to songwriting and for you to start emailing some friends/family members!


Closer Video

I created a video of 'Closer' from my Girl With No Name EP that you can watch right here:




Twitter and Facebook wars

Facebook vs Twitter ... I used to dismiss Twitter as nothing but a vehicle for John Mayer to quip about his life and Hugh Jackman to get excited about the 'Sydney Opera Center' ;) but I recently realised that it's really not as bad as I once thought! I'm celebrating the fact that I now have over 100 people following me on Twitter! Woohoo... http://www.twitter.com/jadediary. If you are already on Twitter, show me some love!

My Facebook page has had a recent makeover. If you have already 'liked' my FB page, then when you go to the page, you'll have to click on the 3rd tab which is 'BandPage' to see the changes. But if you've never 'liked' it before, then you'll see it in its full glory immediately :)


Favourite ice cream flavour?

By the way, if you have any questions you'd like to ask me from my favourite ice cream flavour to what is the overall theme of the album, feel free to reply to this email and ask them... your questions and my answers will be featured in an upcoming email :) I always love hearing from you!


A Song about You

Ever wanted to have a song written about yourself, or a person you love? Or have a burning topic that you want expressed in a song? Imagine how your girlfriend would feel if you had a song written especially for her and you asked for her hand in marriage in the song? Ever wanted to sing the song yourself?

Well, now you can :) I am offering to write a song of your choice about anything or anyone, as long as the topic is one that I am comfortable writing about. Example: if you wanted me to write you a song that Hitler was a wonderful person and everyone should become a Ku Klux Clan member, then I couldn't do it! But you get the picture :)

Just go to http://www.indiegogo.com/jadediary and contribute $1100 and I'd be most happy to write and record the song for you! If you have a burning desire to perform on it or sing, then this could be arranged too! If you want more information about this, just email me back and I'll answer any of your questions.

All my best to you,


Cheryl


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