Jael’s clear tone and accurate pitch draws us all in to her music. Her songs are lyric driven, reaching to the core of emotions that each one of us has experienced in life.
Jael has won numerous awards for her music, which is now just being discovered. Her most recent was at Creationfest West where she won 2012 Indie Artist talent search.
On a whim, Jael decided to sing in the Western Montana Texaco Country showdown in 2011. At the age of 14, she grew up singing in church, in voice recitals and at family gatherings, but she had never performed in front of 1,800 plus people and a panel of judges. Out of 500 entries, the young songwriter in a dress and cowboy boots, playing her black guitar, won alternate for 95.9 Hank FM Country Radio with her clear vocals, partnered with the depth of her original song writing. Once again in 2012 she won the same title as runner up representing 95.9 FM. Beginning now, is a journey she had only dreamed of. Singing and writing.
It was at the country showdown that she caught the eyes and ears of one of the judges. He has since been a significant source of promotion, inspiration and guidance for her, as she continues song writing and performing her own music. Through his encouragement she sent one of her music videos into some national campaigns which help teens that find themselves in hopeless situations. The result was “To Write Love On Her Arms” posting her music video and promoting it themselves to their associates and supporters. Not only TWLOHA, but twelve other national campaigns have now posted the music video “Unconditional”. This encouragement for Jael has spurred her on to writing and singing with an even deeper purpose and resolve.
Jael wrote her first song when she was four years old and continued writing as she grew. Now at the age of 16, her songs and poems fill dozens of notebooks. When she was three years old she began to play the fiddle. At the age of nine she decided to teach herself to play the guitar. She is a gifted lyricist and musician, and although she loves to sing and perform, her greatest passion is in the writing of the music. As it is said, “It all begins with a song”.
Jael believes music is an expression of the individual heart and soul. She also loves to sing for groups of youth who can relate to her life experiences. Jael is able to connect well with other teens as she openly shares with them her own life’s struggles and dreams. Jael has been described as “a deep thinker with a tender heart, who can get a handle on the things we all feel, and can put them into words and beautiful music, writing a biography for the rest of our lives.”
Some of Jael’s most known and loved songs are “Sidewalk”, “Fine By Me”, “Unconditional”, ”Changes in the Atmosphere”, “Almost Girl”, “Pretty Simple”, ”If Only”, ”Since You”, ”Breaking Point”, ”Stay”, “Grandfather Clock” and “Everything You Need” (My World in Poetry). Several of these songs have been made into music videos by two talented cinematographers, Josh and Emily Brooks, from London. She has written music taken by D.J. Miller and Thompson Square. This spring Jael was able to pursue a dream and record a couple of her songs in a studio in Seattle, with producer Neil B. Young, and is finishing an EP the end of 2012.
In Jael’s younger years her father was a deputy sheriff, until her parents resumed working for a mission organization they had been with overseas, when she was six years old. She also loves traveling. She has been to China, Costa Rica, Argentina, and several European countries….her favorite places of all are Hong Kong and Seattle, WA. Jael enjoys longboarding, figure skating, and playing ice hockey. Above all, writing and singing music.
Jael is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International and the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers. She is endorsed by 'To Write Love On Her Arms' as an artist, and also works with Melodic Caring Project and the Seattle Theatre Group, streaming live music into the hospital rooms of terminally ill children.
She knows this is the beginning of her journey in music, and it will mean a lot of self-promotion and hard work. Fortunately, she is surrounded by a group of loyal friends, family and her strong faith in her Source and Savior, Jesus Christ.