Jennifer Paige originally rose to pop stardom in the late 90s, catapulted by a deal at Hollywood Records and the inescapable, guilty-pleasure hit “Crush,” which sold 11 million copies and went #1 in 16 countries. Paige toured the world in support of her self-titled debut album and its follow up, Positively Somewhere. Her third solo album, Best Kept Secret – featuring the hit “Beautiful Lie,” written and recorded with Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys – came out in spring 2008, but it was what happened at the very beginning of that year that was profoundly life-changing for Paige.
In January 2008, shortly after Paige had relocated from Los Angeles to Nashville – where her parents also lived – her mother passed away. Two weeks later, her father had a heart attack and died unexpectedly. “They were my biggest supporters, always cheering me on”, says Paige, “and it just took the wind out of my sails.” At the same time, she was diagnosed with Melanoma Cancer, and spent the year in and out of doctors’ offices,
working for a full recovery, which eventually came. For the first time in her life, Paige lost the desire to sing. “Music had always been such a anchor for me,” she says, “but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue putting myself
through the challenges of an artist’s life while feeling so raw.”
She turned to behind the scenes work, digging deeper into her songwriting skills, creating music for commercials and diving in to music driven projects for major brands, such as Betty Crocker, Nissan, Bank of America, Overstock.com, and more. Over time, Paige felt the heartache subside. She had always wanted to make a
Christmas album, and Holiday – her first independent album – was released in late 2012. She gathered friends to play instruments and sing backgrounds, reimagined classic carols, and introduced a few new originals. In dipping her toe back into creativity, Paige reconnected with her passion for music, and how great it felt to simply sing. “When I say I believe in the healing power of music,” she says, “I know firsthand it’s true.” Paige reinvented herself with Starflower, a deeply emotional, critically acclaimed album of synth-pop, and was noticed by Billboard.com, and others, as one of the Best Albums of 2017: Critics’ Picks.
Starflower was named for her daughter, Stella Rose, who was born in 2014. The creative process coincided with new motherhood for Paige, and she feels that the desire to find the balance of a strong family life, while pursuing big dreams, is also represented in the songs.
Among the things that have brought Jennifer Paige to this moment is a lifetime of loving and making music. She cites the legendary Etta James as her all-time favorite singer, and admires the greats, including George Michael and Annie Lennox (echoes of these artists can be heard running through Paige’s vocal style, though her sound is wholly her own). With her own music, she started piano at age eight, and by age 10 she was playing in coffeehouses with her brother Chance in and around their hometown of Marietta, Georgia. In high school, she studied Voice, Dance and Theater at the prestigious Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts. By 18, she was touring the United States as lead singer with a professional Top 40 cover band.
It was an intensive and invaluable training ground for what would come next – a move to Los Angeles, a short stint as a working musician and singer, and then major music industry and global stage success. “One thing leads to another,” says Paige. “I’m continuing my story with new music and new collaborations. I feel like that’s what creating is about – always looking to go deeper, and becoming more aware of life all around us.”
Paige celebrates 20 years in the music industry with a brand new remix of “Crush”, releasing on Quattro Music and Warner Records, May 31, 2019. To learn more about her latest project, The Breakthrough Artist with Jennifer Paige, visit https://www.jenniferpaige.com/waitlist