Jordan JAE, a 16-year-old singer-songwriter from New York City, first shares her brand new acoustic music video for “Lonely Island” with readers of The Boot.
The talented teenager and her crystal-clear voice shine in this clip, and the twinkling lights add to the intimate atmosphere of the video. Although JAE is young, “Lonely Island” shows its maturity and thoughtfulness, with a folk touch. The lyrics are sad – disheartened, even – as she sings delicately about the confusing and all-consuming subject of love.
“It looks like a ghost town across 42nd Street / No sea of ââpeople moving west to east,” JAE sings. “And in Times Square, you stand there / You are all I see / Because there is no one else on this island / And there is no one else for me.”
JAE, who both covers well-known pop songs and writes her own original music, has been singing since she can remember. She started singing lessons at the age of 7 and wrote her first song at the age of 9.
“It was definitely the quality of a 9 year old,” she says, “but as they say, you can only get better.”
Now at 16, JAE plays piano and guitar, sings and writes songs – all very well – while barely old enough to drive.
âInspiration comes from the girl helping someone because she wants to, not because she has to. It comes from experiences, books, movies and other music, âshe recalls. âInspiration comes from the things that make you feel something, because that’s what music should do. The music should make you feel something.
“Lonely Island” will be on JAE’s debut EP, which will be released in 2016.