JayQ The Legend is an American singer-songwriter and one of the top Afrobeats performers on the scene. His debut single hit the top of the Billboard Digital Song and iTunes charts in 2019. His latest release ‘Amazing Girl’ kicks off the summer celebrating women everywhere. We sat down with JayQ The Legend to talk about the new single, his career and much more!
OSR: What is the story behind ‘Amazing Girl’?
JayQ: ‘Amazing Girl’ is someone I have experienced. Someone you have experienced. She nurtured you and me. She is a leader and protector. She deserves her own song honouring her strength and intellect.
OSR: Why this single and why now?
JayQ: Our world is infected. We need love and leadership. We also need to live and laugh. Women and amazing girls are gifted in dealing with the need to comfort and nurture. We need that now and our planet does too.
OSR: Who or what inspires you to make music?
JayQ: I am inspired by silence and mindfulness. My mind has so many ghosts (quantum-entanglements), they speak to me.
OSR: What was the creative process like for ‘Amazing Girl’?
JayQ: I saw her, I felt her, she is beautiful and fun. Nothing compares to her so I gave her own song. My process is capturing the subtleties.
OSR: How do you feel this single compares to your previous releases?
JayQ: Apples and mangoes. All taste great and are perfectly made. Different flavours appreciated by humans open to the JayQ The Legend vibe.
OSR: Are you expecting this single to be as successful and popular as your previous ones?
JayQ: Yes, it’s already an amazing girl summer in the USA and it’s catching on in Europe. We are getting solid feedback worldwide too.
OSR: Where have you performed and do you have a favourite and least favourite venue?
JayQ: Recently, I performed in my mask to a computer screen (laughs). My favourite venue is Cannes, France Morrison’s Pub because it’s near the beach, historic and intimate. My team shot part of the award-winning ‘It Could Be You’ video there. Least favourite, performing to a computer screen during quarantine.
OSR: What is the best advice you have been given?
JayQ: Stay focused and humble.
OSR: Who are your top three favourite artists of all time? Why them?
JayQ: Bob Marley, he is the teacher and I am a personal friend with his son Rohan Marley, a great guy. Michael Jackson, he is truly gifted. Sade, she is the queen of minimalism on stage. Also right now, I love Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa. I want to do a feature with them.
OSR: If you could have people remember one thing about you, what would it be?
JayQ: I jumped off the cliff with my arms stretched out. I learned to fly. Take risks!