Today, LA-based R&B singer Jae Stephens releases another taste of forthcoming debut EP f**k it i’ll do it myself with latest single “Girl No More.” A sultry declaration of independence and strength, the track sees Jae tell the story of a past lover over a hypnotic drum beat. Her soulful voice shines throughout as she sings about finding empowerment within oneself.
Earlier this year, Jae released “spellbinding” (Rated R&B) debut single “Got it Like That” that Nylon praised as an “anthem of self-empowerment.” Despite her young age, the 21-year old singer-songwriter has been making waves as she prepares for the release of her EP, garnering praise from Beats 1, Radio 1, 1XTRA , Pigeons, Complex, Fader, HighSnobiety & Noisey. Read more via Flaunt.
An exciting follow-up to the EP’s opening track, “2019” boasted Jae’s achievement of taking full songwriting and production credit on the record: “I do this for me, and that’s the mood of 2019,” the song refrains. Perfectly blending hype chordal patterns with slowburn lyrics, the song strikes deep with its punchy beat and oozing harmonic backdrop.
f**k it i’ll do it myself will be released later this Fall.
Throughout the last few years, Jae’s become an in-demand writer for other artists, spending considerable time in the studio with top and Grammy-award winning producers like Hit- Boy (Travis Scott, Beyonce), Rahki (Kendrick Lamar), Brasstracks (Chance The Rapper), J White (Cardi B), Digi (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q), Julio Bashmore (Dirty Bird Records) and Cadenza (Sean Paul, Lily Allen).
Jae gained momentum by sharing her music on Tumblr and quickly moved to LA to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter. Drawing inspiration from old school r&b artists and gospel artists – Monica, Brandy, and Yolanda Adams – that her parents introduced her to as a child, Jae’s own music has expanded widely into an explosion of pop and alternative r&b with subtle electronic influences.
Having spent substantial time in the UK, working with Bruno Major for their collaborative track “Every Time,” and other London-based producers, Jae was attracted to British production styles that felt relaxed and low pressure. She felt encouraged to try several different avenues for her music as opposed to being pushed to get it right every time – significantly impacting her voice as a new artist and rising star. Jae’s recently transitioned into producing all of her own records in order to achieve a truer, more cohesive and original sound.