Jaden Michaels

She grew up with a single mother and younger sister Julia Michaels in Davenport, Iowa. Her stereo gave her an escape from the everyday struggles she faced at home as a child. She was most inspired by Alanis Morisette, Loretta Lynn, Lauryn Hill, Leann Rimes, Pasty Cline and Stevie Nicks to name a few. Jaden says she was really into storytellers and emotional singers that she felt she could relate too, quote “I remember being young and getting goosebumps and not understanding what that was till I got much older. So then as I got older Id always base the music I liked off the fact if I got chills or not. For me that was confirmation the artist was being truthful to what they were singing and saying, I wanted to be do that for others when they heard my music.”

At the young age of 12, Jaden and her family moved to Los Angeles, where she was discovered at a local karaoke pizza shop. She struggled personally growing up homeschooled and being socially introverted. It wasn’t an easy childhood, She struggled with a lot of insecurity stating “I also grew up pretty poor with sometimes little to nothing to eat. My mom divorced from my stepdad and was a single mom who worked two jobs with barley any sleep to keep my sister and I In CA, so we could pursue music.”

Jaden admits, “I slept in my car for a while without telling anybody. I would work out at 24 Hour Fitness, shower and then go try to do music. Finally, I reconciled with my dad and moved back in with him. That was when I met Joleen Belle who stressed songwriting could help me get back on my feet.”

Belle encouraged the 18-year-old to begin penning songs for other artists. In 2009, her song “Love Game” became a triple-platinum hit for Namie Amuro in Japan. Pulse Recordings signed JADEN, and she soon became one of the most sought-after writers in the game. She has collaborated with some of Pop music’s biggest stars including Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lea Michelle, Britt Nicole. In 2012, 2013 and 2015 she co wrote the singles performed by winners on the season finales of American Idol. Her songwriting work on Carly Rae Jepsens album KISS also received the 2013 Juno Award for “Album of the Year.”

As songwriting was going well, She struggled a lot with the direction of music she should sing as an artist, saying “I mean the first song I ever sang was “On the side of Angels” by Leann Rimes and Patsy Clines “Crazy”, but somehow I was singing Mainstream pop music and becoming a whole other person that didn’t feel right. I think also a lot of that had to do with songwriting for other artists. When I got my first publishing deal I was thrown into all genres of writing, I would have to tap into other worlds of music and I lost myself in trying to make their stories come to life. I didn’t know that I had strayed so far from my roots until I realized that maybe the reason nothing was working for me was because I wasn’t being true to myself as an artist.” Jaden took a good year off, got out of her publishing deal and Thats when she met producers Steve Mostyn and Alex Nicefero and told them she wanted to create with no expectation and nobody telling them what to do. She remembers writing Preach the 2nd session they had and it felt so right that she had this obnoxious smile on her face and it was as if that feeling of being an artist again rushed back all at once. Jaden says “I truly had never been so excited to get in the booth and record, especially because the lyric hit so close to home. ‘You can preach, but Im not a believer in you, I think thats how I was living for a while, Id think I was doing the right thing but no one was really a believer in it. Thats why it feels good to put my records on and feel like I’m home. Im really excited for this fresh start and to let the world know me song by song.”