"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.

 Buy Jade Diary's well-acclaimed debut album now:
 



 
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    Ahoy! I won Dressed To Kill last night @juliechal 's birthday murder mystery party! Here I am as 'Candy Cann': showgirl of the 'ship' and also victim of the night lol. #showgirl #flapper #1920s #gatsby #ship #candy Thank you for a wonderful night @juliechal x
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    In a costume store puttin' on the ritz #ritz #bowlerhat #fleetwoodmactee #chaplin #memorylane
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    Green. My favourite colour tonight. #wicked #crownperth #musical #dragon #elphaba #glinda
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67 Reasons Why You Should be a Duck 


You must think that I've lost the plot.

But really, I'm learning how to be more like a duck. Or as my pretty friend (no she's not really my friend lol), Taylor, said ever so wisely, 'shake it off'. 

As a creative person, I've found that hyper-sensitivity is a natural in-born trait of mine. Ever since I was a child, I was told 'stop being so sensitive', 'you're too sensitive'. It was drilled in to me since day 0 that being sensitive is a negative trait. And that is largely due to the culture I was born in - Singapore - a pressure cooker environment where performance is everything, and anything less than that was a cop out. Fit in or be left out in the cold.

Sensitivity was something I hated about myself. Sad to say. 

Over the years I learned that sensitivity is a God-given trait of mine. As Jeff Crabtree so eloquently speaks about sensitivity or 'skinlessness' in his brilliant must-read 'Living With a Creative Mind' book: 

"The creative mind is wired with the ability to feel with great depth and passion. Creative people often experience the world in a way we call skinless – as if they lack the protective shield and instinctive filtering that we normally use to cope with the barrage of sensory information that comes at us all."
 
Crabtree speaks of this 'skinlessness' as necessary for a creative person - it is because we are like 'sponges' soaking up the emotions and the environment around us - this helps us to reflect back the information and emotions that we take in and re-shape them so as to create the art that we need to create. Our sensitivity enables us to do what we were born to do. But it is a double-edged sword. As much as it enables us to create, it also means that we suffer greatly - more so than those who do not have this same 'gift'. I try to remind myself that it really is a gift not a curse after all.

So, no I do not have 67 reasons as to why you should be a duck. But I have one very good reason for myself (and maybe you can take this away with you too): you must be a duck that does not soak up the water but repels the water droplets so that it floats on the surface. The water does not sink them - and this helps them to stay afloat or survive the harshness of life. 

I recently had a very bad day. I won't say what happened exactly - but I was criticised. It seemed frustrating to me when I tried so hard to please everyone. 


So I had to learn to be more like a duck. 

And in so doing I learned the importance of being an encourager rather than someone who does the opposite. To build up, not tear down. There is so much tearing down in the world, that it's easy to swing with the tide and do the same. But no. Let's not tear down today. Let's build someone up. Is there someone in your life who needs encouragement today?



Music Video news

Some of you may remember that I am releasing a single with a new music video to accompany it. And it was supposed to be released around March. Thank you for your patience, but as with many things in life, things don't always go according to plan. And I've had some major setbacks creatively with this and emotionally as well. It's not always easy trying to move something along when you are a solo artist. But the shoot date has been scheduled for July. I make no promises, but hope to release it to you some time in the next few months. I'm thankful that you are patient with me. 

But in the meantime, think about being an ENCOURAGER. x

 
Love,
 
 
 

Happy New Year 2015 

Happy 2015!  

I took this picture below this morning at Bondi Beach, Sydney, as I'm here to work on a new song. Excited to be bringing this song to you and its music video in the new year




Author Neil Gaiman (oh my goodness I love the Sandman series!) has something amazing to say about the New Year: 

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

Neil Gaiman



I agree Neil. The fear of making mistakes will kill creativity. Great things to come ... new songs to write, music videos to film, people to meet. 
Happy creating, living, risking, enjoying and learning in 2015.
 
Let me know your resolutions or plans for this year and if you haven't already, connect up on Facebook, Youtube, Soundcloud, Instagram (click on the cute little icons for these links).
 
 
  x
 
Jade

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 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:
View it in your browser.
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

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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