Moving away from home is never easy, but moving halfway across the world to chase down a one in a million dream is a whole different level. Yet, that is exactly what Jasmin Bade did when she ditched her Australian home and chased her musical dreams all the way to Nashville. Infatuated with country music from a young age, Bade would catch herself singing along with her favorite artists, and knew deep down that music was the only path for her.
Recently, we had the chance to chat with Bade about her musical journey, moving to Nashville, and her brand new single, Rent.
Worlds of Country: When did you know that music was your thing?
Jasmin: I was about six years old and it was Christmas time I was in a kind of rural area of Melbourne with my cousins for Christmas. We go there every year. And they were playing this album by this, like really well known country artist called Kasey Chambers. She’s an Aussie country artist. I fell in love with her music immediately. I was obsessed. And I started singing her stuff like that day. I just couldn’t stop singing it. Apparently, I was singing in my sleep. Which is, I don’t know if I believe that. You know, it’s probably just one of those tales that like your mom spins to like, enhance your career trajectory.
Worlds of Country: So what made Nashville the place for you?
Jasmin: Well, I found out that Kasey chambers itself had gone to Nashville and done stuff. And then when I was listening to like Johnny Cash, and Elvis and the fix, and all of them, Nashville, Nashville just kept popping up. And I, I was just like this, this is the place to be. And I became weirdly, everyone’s obsessed obsessed with the Bluebird Café, you know, seeing like Faith Hill was like, you know, quote, unquote, discovered there. And then, you know, several years later, I started, you know, like, the Taylor Swift thing. And I was like, Oh, my gosh, this, this girl, you know, writing our own songs and doing all this and whatever. And she was discovered there. You know, we kind of know that, you know, it’s not as simple as that now, but when we’re little we think that it’s literally they rocked up played a show. And that was it, right. Yeah. And, and so I was always like, I’m going to Nashville, go to Nashville and go to Nashville. And like, like, I don’t remember a time that I wasn’t thinking of that. So when I was 17, I literally finished high school and I went over on New Year’s Eve, and I arrived New Year’s Eve, we had this internship set up at the Bluebird. And I literally went in on New Year’s Eve, Erica, who runs the bluebird was waiting, I went to the New Year’s Eve show or sat on a little barstool in the corner. And so my first ever writers round at the bluebird on New Year’s Eve, which is insane. And, and I was just in love with this place. Like I have chills just thinking about it. And I would go in almost every day just kind of help them you know, selling much and doing things I couldn’t get paid. I was on visa that meant, you know, I couldn’t get paid or anything but I would just help out. And so Cali Pierce and I met her and Phil Barton, who’s an Ozzy rider, hit writer in Nashville, and I met him and I was like, Okay, I’ve got to do this, but I’m 17 I don’t know anything. I’m gonna go home, I’m gonna go to university and I’m gonna come back in a few years. And I did that and then I went back. And that’s kind of where we’re at now.
Worlds of Country: So how would you describe your your musical style?
Jasmin: It’s always changing for me, and I’m still finding it. And I don’t really like to sit in one spot forever. Yeah, you’re forever growing and changing and with anyone our favorite artists, I don’t think they’ve ever done the exact same thing for every album, right? But I mean, if you want to say pop country, or whatever I love that that’s kind of I love and what I do, and, but I’m really, really just about the honesty behind the lyric. And I try and write what is true to me, or what is true to the story, whether it’s my story of someone else’s. And and my kind of goal here is to make the listener feel like they’re not alone. Because that’s kind of what music has done for me ever since I was ever since I was little even when I was six years old. I didn’t understand what the what the songs really were about. I felt like the the artist understood me somehow.
Worlds of Country: What’s the story behind your new single, Rent?
Jasmin: I was in this relationship when I first moved to Nashville, and I in the first few months I met this guy, it was like, literally a few months and we went like full speed ahead. Like we literally started living together, which was insane, but it was like head over heels like found me a cowboy. So when we broke up, it was like I lost like my friends. A lot of my friends you know people I thought were my friends but they were his friends first. I tried to get rid of everything that had to do with him, I tried to try to stop going to the places we used to go to. I literally not on this trip, but on the lot last trip home, I literally was like, I need to get out of Nashville, because if I leave, I’ll stop seeing these places, and I’ll stop thinking about it. That’s the key, but it’s not, because your mind will follow you wherever you go. Unfortunately. And and it did. And that made me think that there’s such a similarity between a physical space and a mental space. And that that whole concept of living in a physical space and living in a mental space and how he was like living in my head, but he wasn’t paying rent anymore.