Meet the Singer-Songwriter Who Stole Hearts on The Voice | Jacquie Lee

Singer-songwriter Jacquie Lee is letting her true self shine with her new debut album coming this fall. Inspired by artists like Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse, Lee is defining her own career by being her own boss BISH. Read our interview with her below where she talks about her musical journey, being coached by Christina Aguilera, and the vision for her upcoming album.

How did your musical journey begin?
When I was a kid my dad would always have music playing in the house. He would play everything from classic rock (his favorite) to Eminem. From there, my grandparents gave me my first keyboard and then it was game over. I was hooked.

How has your experience on The Voice shaped you as an artist?
The people I met on that show changed my life. It was a part of my journey.  It taught me a lot about how I want to define my own career; from music to artwork to videos. It helped motivate me to take charge and be the boss lady.

What is one of the best lessons you learned while being coached by Christina Aguilera?
She gave me a journal at the end of Season 5 and said, “Jacquie, moving forward write everything down.” So I did.

What advice do you have for anyone hoping to pursue their passion for music?
Follow your heart and stay true to who you are. You are going to face rejection and people will have opinions along the way, but believe in yourself and always be inspired by your art.

"It’s therapeutic to have an outlet to channel my emotions into and I’m grateful that my team encourages me to stay true to who I am and be real with my fans."

You are releasing your second EP this fall. What was your vision for it?
I wanted to let people into my personal life and be able to see things from my perspective.  This is the first project I’m putting out that I have creative control over--visually and sonically.  People listening can know that every word I wrote, every color scheme and detail came from my own feelings and experiences.

What was your songwriting/creative process like for the album?
The whole EP pretty much came from my journal. When I was feeling anxious, sad, or alone I’d just write about it and it would help me see my thoughts clearer. It’s therapeutic to have an outlet to channel my emotions into and I’m grateful that my team encourages me to stay true to who I am and be real with my fans.

Who are three of your musical inspirations?
Nina Simone, Chance the Rapper, and Amy Winehouse.

Where do you hope to see yourself in the next 2 years?
I hope I’m still happy, inspired, and making music. Ideally, I'll be traveling the world performing.

You recently moved to LA from your home in New Jersey. What are three hidden gems in both places?
New Jersey: Big Brook, Breakfast Bagels, and Jersey sunsets.
LA: Jim Morrison, Caves, Fonuts, Canter's Matzo Ball Soup!

What does MISSBISH mean to you?
MISSBISH means that you are a strong, independent, bad*ss female who inspires other people's actions and energy that they bring to the table.

Who is your MISSBISH? Tell us who she is and why she's an inspiration to you.
Me 10 years from now! I’m always chasing myself and where I want to be.

Photographer: Christina Choi

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