'Stars In Her Eyes'
If disco balls, ecstasy, pearls, Studio 54, sex, crystal chandeliers, Purple Rain, and Crème Brule, could be whipped in a blender and made into a delicious pop-dance musical confection, you would have 'Pretty Mess', the debut CD from dance-pop’s latest sensation Erika Jayne.
'Pretty Mess', which includes the No. 1 Billboard Dance Radio Airplay hit singles “Rollercoaster” and “Stars” and a guest appearance from Sheila E., will drop August 11th.
It’s typically a no–no to be so bold as to compare any new artist to the Queen of Pop, Madonna. But, when it’s comes to Erika Jayne, it’s impossible not to make the comparison.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Erika - and first wondered, being that her music had its roots in pop-dance, who had been her musical influences growing up and how many still factored into her music today? [Erika] "Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson were my favorites and I think you can hear their influence throughout the album."
Being that this is your debut, and that it is co-written with some of today's most in-demand and talented producers, which song above all turned out to have the most Erika Jayne influence within it? "'Pretty Mess' probably is the most EJ influenced, it also happens to be one of my favorites."
To bring a 14-track debut album out of the gates is very impressive, but how long did it take to put together and were there other songs that sadly just didn't make it? "There were a few ideas for songs that didn't make it but that is part of the process, the important part is to keep creating."
You state that when people listen to your songs that you want them to "have fun, dance and escape into fantasy" ... OK, well, I've listened to the album, loved it, but now find myself caught up in two or three fantasies!!! Hmmm, how do I progress?!?! "Proceed with caution or you too may be a Press Mess before you know it!"
You’ve now had your first three singles top the Billboard Dance charts .... knowing that media exposure has to have come from this feat, what's been the highlight of your dream career thus far? "It feels really good to do what you love and have other people like it. That has been the highlight for me."
Indeed, how easy or hard is it to create a new, vibrant, wanted-by-the-public sound that both builds on and surpasses the musical wonderments and accomplishments that preceded it within the industry? "I like to create things that are fresh and fun, I always try to be myself and let the people decide."
With the albums name, 'Pretty Mess' I'm wondering where it originates from ... and if anyone has ever jokingly called you such a thing early in the morning, or, perhaps very late at night?! "I'm sure I have been a Pretty Mess at least once or twice, but no one has ever called me that."
If asked to record one for charity, what '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today and why? "'You Give Love A Bad Name' by Bon Jovi ... I just love that song, can't help it!"
Interviewed by: Russell A. Trunk
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