At the age of 18, Jade Moss traded her hometown of Yorkshire for London, designing clothes first and opening boutiques before travelling the world and taking inspiration from everywhere she went.
Her designs have featured in major high street stores as well as online retailers, mixing retro design with colourful contemporary styles to create a look entirely her own. She has now brought this mindset to her music career, pivoting into singing after the birth of her daughter, Blue.
Her new single, Hey Babe, talks about true love in a disposable and shallow world. Wrapped up in a sound that blends classic, sultry jazz with pop and trip-hop, it’s the perfect introduction to an artist who never takes no for an answer. Hey Babe is the first single from Jade’s upcoming EP ‘Only You’.
Below I interview Jade about her career and motherhood.
Describe a typical day for you? Are there any rituals you have incorporated into your life that you would like to share?
A typical day is being woken up at 6.30 am by my 3 and a half year old daughter, Blue, usually with her pushing a plastic beaker into my face, demanding her 1st cup of decaf tea with honey. She then picks out a usually bizarre outfit to wear followed by her usual threenager tantrums. Once we’re eventually out of the front door, we take our little walk to nursery for drop-off. Depending on how late I am, I either get an Uber or a bus from nursery to Tile Yard music studios where I’ll be writing lyrics for new tracks, recording vocals, or sitting in on some of my tracks production stages with one of my 3 different producers. Then it’s a rush for pick-up at nursery before dinner before we have a shared bath and story before bedtime. I then usually work a bit more. I never stop working to be honest. Capricorn = workaholic!
What do you feel are your greatest achievements?
Having my daughter Blue and raising her is by far the greatest thing I will ever do. Nothing else can top it. In the past, I’ve also been a driven and successful business owner starting from nothing at the age of 18. I’ve suffered over the years too, losing my best friend and becoming a single parent when Blue was 5 months old but I’m proud to be changing career paths and following my dreams as a singer.
What’s in your handbag/ satchel?
Purse, keys (with way too many key chains), wet wipes, lyric sheets, pen, face mask, hand sanitiser, Nars liquid blusher, Benefit eyebrow pencil, Marc Jacobs black glasses with gold trim in a large oversized white case and a metallic pink scrunchy.
What are your ambitions in life?
I want the world to listen and sing along to my songs.
What do you wish you’d known at the start of your career you now know? What lessons have you learnt?
I’ve learnt so many hard lessons but I’d say the most important is not to chase money but to chase happiness, that spark you get when you genuinely love doing something so much that you want to spend all your time mastering it. When you find your purpose and passion, it feels natural to be pursuing that. Then, the money will naturally come.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I think I will be a successful artist travelling around the world on tours. I will still be juggling being a parent and an artist.
What advice would you give a budding singer-songwriter?
I’d say work out who you are and what your musical message is – it must be authentic to you. Once you have a strong vision, you must pour every ounce of your grit and determination into your artistry. Expect knockback after knockback, but don’t let anyone try to stop you. Never listen to naysayers that haven’t got the guts to work on their own ambitions. People you least expect, will be jealous when good things start to happen for you but you must ignore them and focus on your goals.
What advice would you give to a new parent (if relevant)?
I’d say motherhood is the hardest job I’ve ever done! Forget about being perfect and obsessively reading everything you can, anxiously, because it takes away the simple enjoyment of those early stages. Nothing can prepare you for the amount of love you’ll feel, it’s limitless and unconditional. On the flip side, nothing prepares you for the amount of guilt you will feel and often but parenting is the most beautiful and sometimes hilarious journey you’ll ever take.
Finally, happiness is…
Realising we are not in control of anything. Happiness is being grateful. Freeing yourself from caring about what other people think. Being open, honest and loving with family and friends.