Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Jervelle Frederick, St. Lucia, 10/14/1993

I used to live right next to a forest/ banana plantation, like 5-10 feet. I often would go off into it on adventures. It was scary especially at night but I loved picking fruits from the trees.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I recently returned to music last year after a 5-year hiatus. I didn’t believe pursuing a career was possible for someone who came from my island. However, last year (December) I decided to challenge that. I dropped my first project “Luv-Ed” which received rave reactions from people such as Grammy Award Winning producer Bob Power.

My artist name is Je’Vel. It is basically my name with a few letters dropped. The “Je” is pronounced like the “J” ins “J’adore” and Vel is as written.

Musical background: Back in my country, my love for music started in church but I was told I was too young to be in the choir. So I got my mom to get me my own toy microphone and sang any way in the pews.  Later on, I was classically trained at the Fame School, LaGuardia High School in NYC. The same place which gave the world Nicki Minaj, Ansel Elgort and more. It was there that I truly learned to love music.  While there I was able to perform at the world famous Carnegie Hall at 15. I also premiered Grammy Award Winning musician, Arturo O’farrill’s piece, “A Still Small Voice” at 17. Then I literally left that world to focus on Biology. That was later revealed as a wrong choice.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I tend to bounce around between genres. However, for this new project I’ve been in a pop mood. “Lone Wolf” is an ode to anyone who has broken away from ridged rules of society and the relentless purist of society to try to break and keep them in line. Sometimes going through a day can literally feel like battle and I tried my best to depict that through the video. The video also aims to let those lone wolves know that no matter how alone they feel, or how weird they are, they will in time find their correct tribe.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I draw inspiration from literally everywhere, sometimes I wish I could shut it off but then I realize just how ridiculous that sounds. I think in pictures so almost every song I’ve made has had a visual aspect while creating. I recently had my first listening party for my latest EP, “Breaking Retrograde” at one of NYC’s trendiest spots called Esther & Carol. It was by far one of my biggest accomplishments, seeing that prior to hosting me, they had hosted Dave Chappelle, John Mayer and Dior. So far I haven’t really had a low.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

The music was co-written and produced by an NYC based producer named Stone Soto. We have been friends since high school. Stone Soto is literally a genius. The song was recorded in a home studio where Stone Soto shares space with Zeke Productions who mastered the song.

The video was shot in three parts. The most fun and memorable was shot at Howling Woods Farm in New Jersey. It’s a place which rescues wolf dogs. Some of the ones there are 80% wolf. They give tours and educate people of how wolves are misunderstood. In the video are Samson and Katori who were recently featured in American Vogue and have done everything from Disney movies to meet and greet with children. They may be huge but they’re super gentle.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been doing music all my life but I would say in the industry for about one year. So far it’s been interesting and difficult because I play many roles for example my own director, video producer, PR and marketing teams. I hope to have a viable career creating for myself and others. A few Grammy Awards are a goal as well.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I am inspired the most by nature. I can always find something to link to a feeling or experience. As for singing, I just love that rush I get every single time. This may sound cliché but music aided me in getting through life and I would just like to do the same for others through my words and voice.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

A hit song, I think needs to be real. You need to really be true to what you’re feeling and try your best to translate it in a way that’s easy to digest.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Don’t underestimate yourself, I did and it costed me 5 years of time that I could’ve been creating. Dream big and execute, anything is possible.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

It all starts with believing in yourself. Once you get that everything starts to fall in place.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

My first album “Luv-Ed” documented the type of love I had come to know so far in my life, like conditional love. It was very cathartic. It also wasn’t what mainstream was looking for but I didn’t care because I preferred its classic feel for the subject matter. I am not afraid to try things with my voice and grow.  Actress Yvonne Orji of HBO’s hit show Insecure heard the album after I had reached out and love it. She wished me luck and subsequently inspired a song on my second project.  “Breaking Retrograde” is an EP of four songs which main purpose is to promote freedom of self.

The title came to me following while trying to shoot the cover during what people call retrograde. Basically everything that could go wrong did in the worst way possible but I stuck with it and succeeded which seemed to be a theme in my life and my push for complete freedom.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

I was mentioned on Music Is My Life which is one of my favorite music blogs. The writer gave what I felt was the biggest compliment in the world: “It’s artists like Je’Vel that inspired me to start this blog. An artist with such talent who needs to be heard by a whole lot more people.” Sometimes when I’m down, I re-read those words.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Normally I get one idea, for example with “Lone Wolf” I saw a wolf. Then I think of what can the wolf represent. Soon an idea forms, one that represents something in my life. Then I get to writing. I head to the studio and Stone Soto helps with chords and melody. We move pretty fast, once we’re done we record lead vocals then background.  Other times, conversations or interactions with people lead to a song.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Beyonce, Stromae, Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley and Rihanna.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I’ve collaborated with Cathia (Season 4 Contestant on NBC’s the voice). I sang with her in Spanish for a song on “Luv-Ed”. I would love to work with Chance the Rapper as well as Beyonce, honestly everyone who has inspired me.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Website: Under Construction

https://www.instagram.com/je.vel/

https://www.facebook.com/jevelmusic/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was my 24th birthday. My family and friends came together and spoiled me rotten; they took a place where I made my own chocolate. I’m addicted to chocolate.  They even bought me a pair of shoes that I was saving up for but had no idea they knew.

My saddest day was when my grandmother on my dad’s side passed away. She was literally my heart. There is a song called “Forever” dedicated to her on my first project and coincidentally the entire project was released three years later on the day that she passed.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would spend a quarter on a new EP and visuals, another quarter on publicity, another on something for myself/family and the rest to help pay off student loans.


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