Jaclyn Bradley Palmer, whom recently played the PandoraFest Women’s Rock Festival in Scotland, has been performing and touring her latest album “The Dutch Sessions” which she recorded while living in Europe. “The Dutch Sessions” is an amazing collection of inspirational ballads. Love songs, praises of living a full and rewarding life and the joys of womanhood and motherhood, simply put, her life story.
IndiePulse Music has been following this artist and positive life force and we had the pleasure of doing a short, but significant interview, asking the real questions to get insight into the life of one who will be a new favorite of all that hear her voice.
What were your beginnings and to whom do you attribute your early and present support?
I was born an artist…always drawn to drama, painting, dance… but mostly music. Luckily, I was also born into a family that supported my talent and my decision to pursue it for a lifetime. My parents encouraged me to follow my heart. My artistic allies have also given me a lifetime of support. As a child, I didn’t really feel understood by my classmates or other kids, until I joined a summer musical theater program… I had found my people… other artists. I finally felt understood and like I belonged. To this day, my family and my fellow musicians are my biggest source of support, to which I am so grateful.
What has been the driving force in your creative process that makes every song you have written a personal life story that is both insightful and personally inspiring? For me, the driving forces of my creative process have always been love, justice, and change. Most of the time, I draw from my own experiences, but sometimes I tell someone else’s story… nonetheless, everything I write comes from a real place.
Between your very first performance and now, how would you say you have grown, as both an musician and an artist?
My first real performance was as Tinker Bell in Peter Pan. I was 6. I had such a love for Peter Pan. There was a moment in the show where I drank the poison to save him and he in turn saves my life. It was wonderful and yes, lovesick at the age of 6. Still, at my core, I wanted to be Wendy so badly! Why am I telling you all this? Because 7 years later on my 13th birthday, I landed the part of Wendy at another theater company. At a young age, I learned to dream big, set goals, have intentions, pray hard, and work hard to realize my dreams. Fast forward, to my last performance, just last weekend at the Noorderzon Festival in The Netherlands. A year before when I had just moved to Europe, I strolled through the same inspiring festival and thought “I want to make music here!” I have grown as a musician by being assertive, taking risks, and naming my dream out loud… but I think this growing process began for me as early as Tinker Bell when I realized I had to hold on tight to that which was in my heart.
And do you still get “Butterflies” when you get ready to get on stage?
Every time, I’ve learned to channel the freight into energy.. But the butterflies are always there until I sing my first note. Before a college show, my opera co-star said “Butterflies are a good thing, they mean you still care.” I believe that. And I care a whole lot.
Your recent work is really a wonderful collection of stories set to music, what was it like to create it?
Thanks, Joe! It really is a book of stories. After my guitar finally made it through customs, I picked it up and literally let the music channel through me. There are songs about motherhood, relationships, travel, those lost in war, the gun violence epidemic, joy, oneness, and the world’s loss of a musical icon. Writing this album was easy and wonderful. There was no ‘trying.’ All flow.
Was there a moment in any of the songs where you wondered if your audience would see the point or capture the meaning of your song?
Sure, I call that normal doubt. But in the end, you just have to be true to yourself and trust that the audience will understand truth more than anything.
Real talent is a gift, and you are very gifted, not only in talent, but in Beauty as well, do you ever have any memories where you were expected to be more “Eye Candy” than a true artist, and if so, hat were the response you got when people saw that you really do have what it takes to be the artists that you are?
Oh, goodness Joe… you’re too kind. I actually remember living in New York City, fronting an industrial rock band– very similar to Evanescence– and we had an industry meeting with this lady from Atlantic. She loved our music but looked at my 22-year-old self and said, “I know! Let’s make you… beautiful.” She wanted to change me… so did the ENT in Los Angeles who tried to sell me a nose job when I went in for a sore throat. Luckily, that stuff never fazed me much… I do think talent and inner beauty get you much further in the long run. Presentation surely opens doors, but currently I think the masses long for something that’s real.
If you could play a stage with 2 of your inspirations, living or not, who would they be and why, and what songs would you like to do with them?
Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell, because they inspired me to be a singer/songwriter and not just a singer. I’d want to sing Joni’s songs: River, A Case of You, & For Free; and Tori’s songs: “These Precious Things, Cooling & Baker,. But if this amount of glory should ever happen, I think I’d wanna just sit down and watch perfection.
Thinking of your recent live performances, do any engagements stand out so far is the best one?
Well, you know, I’m a trained music therapist, too. Believe it or not, my most meaningful “performances” are the ones I give to my patients. I just conducted a research trial with women going into cancer surgery. They got to choose one favorite song for me to sing before heading into the operating room. To see hope, understanding and courage in someone’s eyes because of a song you just delivered… well, there is no topping that.
Where do you go from here, what performances are planned and are there any plans for a new album in the works for future release?
I’ll be in Holland for another year or so. Now that the album, The Dutch Sessions, is complete, I am excited to share it here, especially in Utrecht where I am moving to this winter. The city is like a Brooklyn, and has a wonderful singer/songwriter circle — I’m pretty excited to share my songs there. I am also remixing and filming a music video for my song “A Loaded Gun” next month… I think the film will be very powerful. Overall, though, my main focus is licensing my music to television, film and advertising.
What would you like to be remembered for in your musical career, when all is said and done, when future music lovers look for and covet your music, what would you like them to be looking for and remembering you for?
I’d like to be remembered first as a good and genuine person. My music is my legacy, but so is that which I do to service others in the world. I can only hope that my daughter will grow up and listen to my music and think, “wow, my mom followed her dream, helped people, and wrote some pretty good songs, too.”
We have included some videos and images of this “All Grown up Wendy”, who is still the first lady of Neverland, enjoy her songs and revelations of a life worth living just because one can have joy in their lives.
More about this amazing woman, at http://jaclynbradleypalmer.com/