Recording artist Jody Quine came into my world a few years ago when she took the stage at several fashion functions around Vancouver.I am NOT a fan of super loud music at events, so I was instantly taken with her soft and lilting style. That she loved singing was clear – her performances came straight from her heart.
Another talent quickly became clear and that was an innate ability to connect with the audience. I still remember one season at Men’s Fashion Week when she stepped onstage to sing, but first let the audience know she was going to take a selfie with all of us in the background. It was a hilarious moment and we all smiled in response.
Over time we have become friends, sharing a rare cuppa to catch up on all that we are doing. Quine has also stepped in to write guest blogs for me on her many adventures including a recent West Coast Tour and her trip to The Grammys where she hosted one of the industry parties. As a songwriter, she brings a unique ability to share these experiences in a way that makes you feel you were right there with her.
2015/2016 promises to be filled with many new and amazing opportunities for Quine including an East Coast tour and another trip to The Grammys. The inside scoop on these, as well as her journey to this moment, are all covered in this 8Q Spotlight!
8Q Spotlight Jody Quine
What is your current career(s) – paid and unpaid?
I am a singer/songwriter, recording artist and performer.
I also do web and graphic design including visual branding for bands.
Can you share an interesting thing (or two) about your journey to reach this moment?
I had three piano teachers quit on me as a kid. I was unfocused and apparently the piano bench isn’t for back walkovers or gymnastics of any kind. I took band in junior high and played the clarinet, sax, and flute. I taught myself to play the guitar when I was 20 and in the last couple of years have fallen in love with playing piano. I write my own songs because it’s easier for me to figure out what I’m hearing than to spend time learning somebody else’s music. I was writing melodies and lyrics before I even knew music was what I was meant for.
What 3 things would you like people to know about you to give them a sense of who you really are?
- I think we all have limitless potential to be who we truly are within, and who that is is amazing.
- Everybody starts with 100% for me, no matter who you are. Let’s work from there.
- I love to laugh, think, stumble, fall, learn, inspire and grow… then repeat.
Highest moment so far?
I have had some really great highlights along the way and am on the precipice of many more which is also very exciting. In the last year one of my highlights was emceeing and singing at The Soirée party for Grammy members at the House Of Blues on the Sunset Strip during Grammy Weekend. The red carpet was packed with recognizable faces. During the show I was on stage with Malcolm Jamal Warner for a bit and we were entertaining the crowd with our back and forth chatter. I love feeling the electricity in the room when everybody is tuned in to what’s happening on stage. After I got off the stage, Malcolm dedicated his song mash up to me and threw my name into the lyrics. He won a Grammy that weekend. It’s true, you might not realize that Theo Huxtable is more than the only son on the Cosby Show, he’s a poet and incredible bass player too.
What are you working on right now? In the next 6 months?
I’m in the studio working on my next record at the moment, which I’m hoping to release no later than the top of 2016 and I’m heading out with the Live The Dream Tour in November. We’ll be touring in support of many Grammy related and music in education charities. I’m the emcee of the show and singing a set as well. It should be an incredible time, not to mention amazing opportunity to get my name out there. Oh! I’ll be hosting the Soirée again Grammy weekend in LA!
Who and/or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by my husband. His integrity and sense of good is so innate and deep that his example is always pushing me to be better. He works so hard for our family and never takes the easy way out. He’ll do the right thing, every time. Whenever I get the chance to meet people he works with they all seem to make a point of coming to tell me what a great guy he is to work with and for. He’s also an amazing father and being with him and our children when we’re all laughing together is really what keeps the earth moving for me.
How do you personally define success?
Oh interesting question… and a tough one! I try to be present in my moments, so if I feel good about who I am and what I’m doing or creating then I feel like I’m succeeding. When my kids go to bed happy and feeling loved I feel like I’ve done a good job that day. When I get complimented on my songwriting from people I admire and respect I feel like I’m getting somewhere. But mostly, when I’m in a moment, I can feel it. On stage when the room is with you completely… that’s pretty magical too. So happy kids, creative respect from my peers, and grabbing an audience, to me, those are all where it’s at!
What is your guilty pleasure?
I have a few pleasures I don’t feel awesome about like Maroon 5’s latest record V (it’s on repeat)… but my guilty pleasure would have to be a hangover with coffee sitting at the piano writing. I like to take good care of myself as I’m aging and a night of drinking with friends can be pleasure followed by a morning after feeling just a bit rough around the edges perked up with coffee is a great time for creativity… I’ll find the right balance though but then again, but guilt is a great place to write from.
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