Jade de LaFleur Drops “Dead Or Naked” Track
It-girl songstress Jade de LaFleur’s fashion influences are Dita Von Teese, Dianna Vreeland and Dapper Dan—basically, she’s the perfect mix of Hollywood glamour, old-school Louisiana soul. Jade’s already released music through Solange Knowles’ compilation Saint Heron, along with her EP Jaded. Now, she’s releasing “Dead or Naked”, a sick track co-written by James Fauntleroy. We’re premiering the track here, and catching up with Jade about her influences, love songs, and what she’ll have at the bar.
How do you think being from Louisiana affects the music you write?
My Louisiana roots affect my music in the way that I listen to and hear music, subsequently affecting the way that I create it. Some musical elements stand out to me first, like drum patterns, rhythms, and poly rhythms. My roots also have me finding music fetishes like brass, soul, everything dirty, dirty jazz…all of which leads me to a well-balanced nature of ratch and class. It’s been the foundation of honest and heartfelt music for me all the way down to the first time that my mom taught me vibrato.
Who was the first musician who inspired you to write music?
I don’t know who the first person was, but I have definitely been very inspired by Elton John and Sade. When I moved to Los Angeles, I was introduced to my sensei James Fauntleroy, who showed me how to fall in love with lyrics. I think these three people have had a big hand at making me a better songwriter and story teller.
Can you talk to us about the process of releasing your music in Solange’s compilation?
I was thrilled to be a part of the Saint Heron compilation. My favorite part of the journey is remembering the very first time Solange heard it and how good it felt when she started to sing along with it and wanted to hear it again. That’s a great feeling for a songwriter, especially when it’s such honest music. From there, she told me about the project (Saint Heron) and that she wanted my record “Jaded ” to be a part of it, and I was like #FknRight! I love that Saint Heron is exposing and supporting such bold, creative, forward-thinking artists and creators, while also continuously adding to cultural awareness across all spectrums. It ‘s been great taking part in that.
What’s your favorite drink to order at a bar?
I rarely go out because I’m usually working, but when I do, my favorite depends on my mood…it’s either Jameson, two rocks, or Hendricks on the rocks, splash soda, two limes. Unless it’s a bar in Louisiana…then I’m most likely at a drive-thru daiquiri bar where I’m sippin’ on a Hurricane.
Who is your biggest fashion influence?
Diana Vreeland, mixed with Dapper Dan, and a bit of Dita Von Teese. I also feel like I can personally identify with Eartha Kitt’s cheekiness as it relates to fashion.
Are you more of a daddy’s girl or mama’s girl?
“I be stuntin like my daddy but I got it from my momma”
What music did you listen to growing up?
Everything! My mom sang a lot of gospel and played it a lot as well. I listened to a lot of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Sister Sledge, Run DMC, Michael Jackson, Jodeci, Al Green, Aaron Neville, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, Biggie, The Beatles, Elton John, Extreme, No Doubt, Green Day, Dr. Dre, Stevie Wonder, Sade…and lots of classical music. I can’t pinpoint any one genre or type as I feel like I was surrounded by so many different musical influences. If it was good and made me “feel”…I listened. Then one day at school someone stole my whole CD collection out my car and I still haven’t let it go.
What’s your favorite love song?
“Love Is Stronger Than Pride”