Jazlyn Sligh is an emerging artist who prides herself on being an authentic Christian music artist. She recently released the official music video for her latest song, “Bounce Back.” Positively Gospel spoke with Jazlyn Sligh about the meaning behind the song, her writing method and what lies ahead for her in the music world. What emerges is an artist firmly grounded and focused on her path to success.
How did you come up with “Bounce Back”?
“I started writing Bounce Back about two to three years ago. I was in high school and I was actually cleaning my house, so I had no intention of it being a song. I felt a little melody and I said that was fun and then eventually I said, ‘bounce back.’ That is a really good thing for people and then I started writing to it, adding a verse and it just came to be. Now it’s on my EP so that’s a blessing.”
Does the song remind you of any experiences where you have had to bounce back yourself?
“Oh yes, definitely. With COVID, I think that I put it out at the perfect time. God gave it to me at the perfect time because I am away from my friends, my family. I’m not in school the way I want to be, so at times I was getting really upset and I had to think, ‘gotta bounce back’, God didn’t give me that song for nothing”
I know you come from a musical family with your dad making his own mark on the industry. What first got you into music?
“I was born into music; my father is Thomas Sligh, Treasures of the Heart Ministries. I remember every birthday he would have instruments, music, fellowship. It was just something that I became used to. I think from that I couldn’t see myself living without music and writing. So I’ve been doing music for a very long time and singing as well.”
How long have you been writing songs?
“I actually just started writing when I had something to write about. I would always make jingles and little verses as a kid. But, I didn’t starting writing about something until two years ago when I was faced with trials and tribulations. So I think I started writing about 2 years ago and diving into being a recording artist.”
What is your creative process like? How do you get to that sweet spot? How many have you written thus far?
“I don’t rush my writing process at all. It usually comes to me when I am inspired by another artist. When I wake up in the morning. I like to do a lot of journaling so I like doing poetry, making a list, listening to music. I want to talk about a certain topic that I feel passionate about. I am fascinated with words that mean something and the way that it flows and the way that syllables come together. I’m really fascinated with stuff like that. I don’t rush it.”
Are there any musicians that you really admire?
“I have so many influences. I love Kierra Sheard, The Clark Sisters, and Commissioned. I’m old school, I love older music. I a love Lalah Hathaway, Charlie Wilson, Whitney Houston. I really love R&B and Christian music.”
What is about their style that appeals to you?
I love Kierra Sheard’s style. I feel that she is an artist that really relates to me the most because she is young and she speaks through her music. She is also a mentor to younger girls. She is someone that I inspire to be like one day.
Is there any artists that you would love to collaborate with someday?
“It would be a dream opportunity to collaborate with Kierra Sheard. I really do want to meet her one day, but yes, absolutely it’s her!”
What is the best advice you received when you started this musical journey?
“So many people have spoken life into me but I think one thing that someone told me was to just enjoy it and just live in the moment and whatever you do for Christ will last and that’s what keeps me going.”
What advice would you give to a young person who would like to follow your footsteps?
“Right now we’re in a situation where we have to be in the house. There are so many workshops where you can learn to write songs, just the basic structure. Think about what inspires you and start writing and you’ll just go crazy on the pen and paper.”
Tell me about your EP.
“The Ep is called “#More Than Capable”. I came up with it at a time when I felt like I wasn’t worth it and I wasn’t actually understanding, like God ‘Why is it so hard for me to get straight A’s. Because in school I was a perfectionist. so all the songs on the EP have to do with loving yourself. The songs are “Along the Way,” “More than People” and “Bounce Back.” Those are the three songs that really spoke to me through my journey.”
Do you see music as an integral part of your life?
“Right now I’m in college. I started as a musical theatre major but I found that communications is so broad that I can just do everything that I want once I get out of college, from branding to writing and music, if I choose. I’m a communications major and I plan to minor in music industry at Towson University.”
How do you think that social media will help your career?
“I think social media is important when you use it positively and you are using it to encourage others. I think that you can put a lot out and definitely you can do covers, record your favorite songs, you can interact with people. But definitely take that time for yourself before posting and think about what you are posting before you put it up there because it can definitely get hard when you start to think about other people. Definitely, just enjoy social media and enjoy interacting with others.”
What is next for you?
“I’m finishing EP and hopefully will get a lot of opportunities to meet a lot of artists. Maybe I’ll even start producing other artists and writing songs. The opportunities are endless. I’m just moving forward and enjoying my musical journey.”
Finally, what do you want our readers to know?
“Stay blessed and just to bounce back with all that’s going on right now.”
Truly great sentiments from a singer who seems to have razor sharp focus on where she plans to go on her musical journey. Jazlyn Sligh is poised to make some of the most vibrant and exciting sounds for her generation, and deeply anchored in face, this young artist is definitely one to keep on the 2021 radar.
Watch the ‘Bounce Back’ video from Jazlyn Sligh:
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