In the words of NCT 127…Let me introduce you to some new thangs, new thangs, new thangs. Meet Jinnie. She has the voice of an angel. Her voice is smooth like butter. And she has such a kind soul! Let’s get into it!
I first heard found about Jinnie through Instagram via David5pa (check out his interview here). My first time hearing her voice was after checking her Youtube Chanel and hearing the song “To Be Loved By You” by her and Josh Lim. Of course I was snatched instantly. Since then she’s done other amazing covers to songs including “자나깨나” by Crush.
To say that she has the voice of an angel would be an understatement. Her voice has this pure, airy and refreshing vibe to it and you can’t help but sink deeply into every word she sings. More recently she’s teamed up with a few other artists and producers and formed a collab group called HoosDis (post about them coming soon).
My Favorite Jinnie Songs:
- Who Are You
- Truth Is…
Just like many of the other artists and producers that I’ve mentioned here on my blog, I think that Jinnie is definitely slept on. She is a New Jersey born and raised, independent artist, born in ’93, that values quality over quantity. For her, the focus isn’t the numbers. It’s about pouring herself into her talent and enjoying doing so.
You already know what’s about to go down. I asked and Jinnie provided the answers. Let’s get to know her better. Before we get into the interview, I just gotta say that after reading her answers…I’m a simp..I simp for Jinnie ya’ll.
- When and why did you start making music?
“I started singing and writing songs when I was a kid. I believe the first song I wrote was around 3rd grade– it’s titled “Precious Love.” (..oh gosh 😂) I remember finding it unbelievably fun to be able to express my feelings and thoughts without any inhibitions. It was wild to me. As a child whose first language was Korean and who was bullied, I had a very hard time communicating with others. I was too anxious to speak in school, and so using my voice, literally using my voice, to express myself was that much more liberating and elating.
I started writing intentionally in 2012 with a South Korean indie rock band when I had the opportunity to explore music in Korea…I commuted back and forth from Jersey to Korea for a couple of years. We wrote and recorded demos together. Working with a team left a big impact for me because that’s when I knew I love working with people. Singing, writing, and the process of producing make me feel connected to both myself and to others.”
- Who or what inspires you as a musician?
“Beyonce. The first thing I did after getting home from school was watch Beyonce-related videos for at least three hours. She’s just something else. Her drive, her execution, her inspiration, performance, and presence– it’s somethin’ else. When I think of Beyonce, I think of someone who absolutely loves what she does and is given to a purpose far deeper than coveting fame, wealth, or recognition. She’s got all that, but she doesn’t stop topping it. She doesn’t stop pushing herself and giving herself to creating something monumental. Beyonce inspires me to simply do what I love, hone in on a message and my purpose, and give the craft my absolute all.
Another big influence is my mom and dad. My mom’s voice is angelic, and she emotes so well. Whenever she sang, I felt very warm. My dad has a great voice, too, but his appreciation for music influenced me the most. The way he listens closely and critically to music left a big impact on the way I listen to music. He can appreciate good art, no matter which genre or style it is and no matter how popular and liked it is. When he finds something he loves, he regularly listens to the song or watched the video for hours on end.”
- Using 3 words, describe yourself and why?
“Curious, empathetic, and adventurous. Some say my spirit animal is a raccoon.” 🦝🤷
- Out of all of your music, which is your favorite and why?
“Out of my discography so far, I like “Truth Is…” the most. Maybe because it’s my first, I have a soft spot for it. It was effortless, how that song came about. I first showed David5pa and Ralph Rhim (shout out to HoosDis 🙏!!) an original song that I wrote, and they agreed to produce it for me. We got together and David tried out a chord progression, but after a few plug-ins, it became an entirely different vibe 🤣But we all liked it, so we rolled with it. The melody and lyrics came to me so easily because I liked the beat so much. That session was fun. Definitely one for the books.”
- If you could collab with any artist/musician, who would you pick and why?
“I would, of course, love to work with Beyonce. Because she is Beyonce. 😂 I’d also love to work with DEAN. I’m a big fan of his music and also how mysterious he is. He leaves us with dope songs and then kinda dips from the public eye. It leaves me wondering– in a good way.
- What is one thing that makes you different from other artist?
“I think the distinction between me and other artists is heard through my music. It’s genre fluid. As a Korean American with experience in varied genres of music (rock, K-pop, gospel, jazz, and opera to name a few), I can’t help but make songs that are a bit outside the box. To be honest, there is a pressure I feel when it comes to releasing music that falls into a clear genre. So many people will want to identify what style or genre your music is when they hear your song. A goal of mine is to pave my own sound. For sure, I’ll have releases that can easily be classified, but for the most part, I think my sound will have a quirk. I like spunky, unidentifiable music. And I want to keep creating things that I genuinely enjoy and are true to myself and my process as an artist.”We stan a multifaceted and talented queen
- Which of your songs would you recommend to someone who has never listened to your music before and why?
“I appreciate anyone who listens to any of my songs 😢🙏 It means so much to me. Keeps me going. If I had to choose one, it would be my latest single “who are you?” I started this journey of being an independent artist seven months ago, and with each release, I’ve been trying to learn and grow as much as I can. Therefore, “who are you?” is a reflection of my latest best effort.”
So, that wraps up the interview! All that I have left to say is to go do your ears a favor and check out Jinnie’s music. All the links are below. Until next time,
From Kadraya, With Love.