By: Tom McDonough
Jaki Nelson is a two time Top 10, four-time Billboard charting pop/dance artist. Jaki Nelson is a singer and songwriter from Los Angeles. Her single, “What We Wanna Do” spent six weeks on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart and peaked at #29. Her follow-up single, “Uh Oh”, spent 12 weeks on the same chart and peaked at #9. “Uh Oh” also debuted at #12 on Beatport Future House chart, peaking at #4, and was featured numerous times as a Spotify Discover Weekly track.
A couple of interesting facts about Jaki. Her feat of reaching Billboard’s Top 10 is partly due to a horse. Jaki is a professional horseback rider/show jumper. At 14, a horse threw her, ruptured her spleen and she nearly died. While spending 10 days in the hospital and another four months off the field to recover, she discovered music. Jaki eventually joined a band and later discovered producing and her ability to play classical piano. Along with music, Jaki took up acting, practicing mixed martial arts and performing her own stunts until she was sidelined by a back injury.
In 2018, Jaki released “Dancing With Strangers”, written and produced with GRAMMY winner Dave Aude who has created over 120 #1 Billboard dance remixes (Madonna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Rihanna). “Dancing With Strangers” peaked at #10 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart and was the only single by an independent artist in the top ten that week. Jaki shared the honor with greats including U2, Ariana Grande, Cher, Lenny Kravitz, Kygo, and Calvin Harris featuring Sam Smith. The track also peaked at #41 and debuted above Steve Aoki and Vanessa Hudgens on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Chart.
Jaki has performed for superstars Kehlani, Hayley Kiyoko, and Kiesza, and has performed at NY Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week and prestigious clubs including multiple shows at the legendary Avalon Hollywood. As an open bisexual she has been honored to perform at LA Pride Weekend, mainstage at Vegas Pride, and a headlining spot on the main stage with powerhouse DJ Hector Fonseca (Beyonce, Rihanna) at San Francisco Pride (2018).
Now, Jaki is debuting her track “High Wasted” by Rayne & Jaki Nelson, produced and co-written with Rayne (“America’s Got Talent”). The “High Wasted” music video continues the story in “Dancing With Strangers” as a prequel.