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Jain Wells - The Next Big Thing. You Heard It Here First!

13 November 2012 | Tom Butler

"I am intrigued with Amy Lee of Evanescence and the beauty and range of her vocal ability"

Jain Wells is one of a kind. A writer, psychologist, business woman and now musician. If you haven't heard much of her until now, you will do soon. And when you do, we'll be the first ones to say, 'I told you so!'

LC: It’s quite a big leap to go from being a psychologist to being a singer. When did you decide to make the transition? And why?

JW: I had a fairly big seminar business in Canada teaching an awareness programme I had developed and had an idea to write a song for it several years ago. I hadn’t played the piano in many years but still had a keyboard in my closet. I found the process to be enjoyable and with a certain unexpected ease so I just kept writing more songs and began to develop my singing voice.

LC: The album seems to draw upon a lot of personal experiences from your life. Did you find making the album therapeutic in any way?

JW: Writing the songs for the album was very therapeutic process. Whatever was on my mind when I sat down to write seemed to naturally dominate the process.

LC: Do you see yourself going back to writing and psychology at any point?

JW: The songs carry the psychology concepts in a very intimate way because my psychology training has greatly influenced the way I see the world, and that comes through in the music….So I don’t feel that I have left the psychology behind at all. As well, I am soon releasing a book I wrote about the awareness programme I developed.

LC: Who were your musical influences growing up in Canada?

JW: In my teens I was a big fan of The Rolling Stones, The Cars, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan to name a few.

LC: How would you describe your style of music to someone who hasn’t heard the album?

JW: I would say ‘alternative pop rock’ as it has an ethereal quality to it, with a definite rock beat, and an electronic element as well.

LC: Greg Fitzgerald (of Kylie fame) produced your album. How did that come about? Was there ever a worry for you that your styles wouldn’t come together well?

JW: My manager introduced me to Greg, and yes I did wonder if there would be a fit because Kylie Minogue’s music is very different to mine. I explained exactly what I wanted and he is such a pro that he was able to interpret my intentions very well.

LC: How have you found performing to London audiences over the past month and the music scene over here in general?

JW: London is a fantastic place for musicians to perform because there are so many venues that offer live music, with varying audience sizes, and with a wide range of music styles. It’s a big music town.

LC: Are there any artists out there at the minute who you would love to collaborate with and who you think would suit your sound?

JW: Even though I am not typically drawn to a hard rock sound I am intrigued with Amy Lee of Evanescence and the beauty and range of her vocal ability. I would love to collaborate with her, with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Ellie Goulding, and Florence and The Machine.

LC: Tell us about the tour you have coming up?

JW: I have booked quite a few performances in the UK and around London over the next couple of months. Caffe Nero has very kindly named me their Artist of The Month and have been promoting my album in hundreds of their cafes. Next week I will begin performing quite a few acoustic sessions at some of their key locations in England, as well as performances in some great London venues with my band.

For all information on Jain, her album and tour dates please click here [url=http://www.jainwells.com/]http://www.jainwells.com/[/url]

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