Born in New Orleans, Louisiana Miss Jerre’ (pronounced Jer-ray) views life from a perspective of appreciation. Already a resident of Chicago, Illinois during the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe, she still dealt with during that ordeal as a lot of her family still resided there.
An experienced songwriter, rapper, and actress/comedian Miss Jerre’ has been making studio recordings for 10 years and wrote her first song “Played” over 14 years ago. Her music is her solace and comes from her life experiences; her joy, triumphs, loss, and pain.
As an artist, her ultimate goal is to work behind the scenes utilizing her skills as a songwriter as well as have her own Wild ‘N’ Out formatted type show where she can display all of her talents in one venue. At the moment, she is currently performing at least once a week in the Chicago area and promoting her EP 25th Hour which is available on iTunes and Amazon.com
Miss Jerre’ lives by the motto All About #Success and would rather show it than talk about it. Even working on holidays, Miss Jerre’ stays committed to her craft, and dedicated to her grind.
IAA: What city and state are you from?
MISS JERRE’: I was born in New Orleans, LA and spent my early childhood there. When I was 8, we moved to Albany, GA spending only 3 years there, then my family moved to Evanston, IL (just north of Chicago) when I was beginning 6th grade. I have spent the last 14 years in the “Chicagoland” area.
IAA: What is your music background?
MISS JERRE’: My music background consists of vocal training from choirs and choruses that I participated in through school programs beginning in the 5th grade. Other than that I have just been writing songs since the 6th grade and recording since I was 15.
IAA: What inspired you to pursue music?
MISS JERRE’: This is a two-part answer. Initially what inspired me to pursue music was being the new kid. I had just moved to Evanston and I was awkward, I didn’t really know how to relate to everyone in their “cliques”. Luckily for me an anti-violence poetry program called Shanti happened to come and work with my class for a few weeks. My poetry ended up landing me major parts in the final performance, and was a way to help me relate to my class, so I kept writing. As I kept writing my poems became songs. What keeps pursing my music is the same thing that almost made me quit. When I was 17 I lost my mother. I took it hard and went through a lot over her death. Almost a year ago I lost my grandfather (her father), and subsequently lost a horrible job behind my choice to go see him one more time. That’s when I decided that my Mom, my Grandpa, and all my other angels watching over me would want me to be making a way for myself; to honor them by living my dreams, not to mourn them and live in grief.
IAA: What are your songs about?
MISS JERRE’: I’m not trying to sound cliché, but my songs are about life. They are my stories, and how I have overcome and even failed. They are about love, heartbreak, success, failure, sex, drugs, loss, pain, and everything I have seen in my lifetime. I make sure that I don’t overwhelm my listeners and deliver my message in a universal format that is catchy and easy to relate too.
IAA: Do you write your own music?
MISS JERRE’: I write all of my own music. I’m also working as a songwriter for other projects and building a diverse catalogue (r&b, alternative, hip-hop) to submit for major placements.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
MISS JERRE’: I listen to a lot of R&B and Alternative artists simply because I dig melodies. I am influenced by artists like The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Drake, Cee-Lo, Bruno Mars, I also listen to Wiz Kalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Pries, and Kid Ink
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
MISS JERRE’: I would describe it as eclectic. I fully embrace the hip-hop culture, but I refuse to be put in a box as just a rapper, when I am a songwriter 1st and foremost. I also infuse elements of R&B and Rock in MOST of my songs which is non-traditional for “rappers”.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
MISS JERRE’: I take chances and risks with my music. I’m not afraid to be different. I’ll jump in the booth, try something crazy and if it doesn’t work I delete it and try something else. A lot of artists are scared to take risks and just follow the latest trends.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects, you are currently working on?
MISS JERRE’: Currently I’m working on my 50 song catalogue for placements and aiming to complete 20-30 features by the end of 2013. I will also be shooting 3 videos this year. “A Million” is the 1st and will be shot Feb 16th.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MISS JERRE’: In 10 years I will hopefully have a Grammy, but I will at least have written a few Top 10 Billboard hits and even more in the Top 100.
IAA: How can fans access your music and contact you?