563: Music For The Soul With Jade Berry

Jade Berry is a singer/songwriter and a social media influencer.  Music wasn’t just a source of passion for Jade Berry, it was a Music For The Soul With Jade Berrymeans for survival. Born in China, Jade would be put up for adoption but life would take a dark turn as she was placed in an abusive situation. She moved more than 60 times into various foster care homes to escape the trauma and it was during these turbulent times she discovered her love for music. She would find herself surrounded by people who allowed her unbelievable access to various music genres, styles, and techniques. She began studying classical music and became heavily influenced by Hip-Hop and R&B music as she identified with the pain and struggle depicted in these songs. At age 14, she was accepted into the Creative Writing and Opera program at Orange County High School of Arts where she would begin to develop her vocal skills by observing rehearsals of other musicians and copying their techniques. Her dedication would pay off when she was selected as a Horatio Alger National Scholar and received a full ride to University of Redlands.

Her passion began to suffer as she struggled to make a career out of music until she was diagnosed with Primary Mediastinal Diffuse Large B Cell Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. During her grueling 120-hour sessions of chemotherapy, music was the only light of hope that kept her moving forward.  Since her recovery, Jade Berry has performed at the MUSCO Center with Placido Domingo, toured in Central and South America, and worked with accomplished producers in the industry such as Larry Reed, DaeOne, Brandon Friesen, Tito Rodriguez, Geoff Gibbs and Infinity Music in Colombia.  Check out Jade’s episode to listen to her story.

Bio

Jade Berry is a singer/songwriter and a social media influencer.

Cultural Background

Jade is of Chinese and Caucasian descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is knowing and trusting your own abilities and capabilities. Self confidence helps you be able to have faith in yourself to take risks to achieve your goals, and also enables you to be okay when you make mistakes and to learn from them.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Jade would not be as secure in making the choices to do what she believed was right due to a fear of rejection, being mocked or being criticized.

The “AHA” Moment

Jade is a cancer survivor and this experience was a wake up call for her.  She started thinking about the life she wants to live when she was face with death.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Life is great for Jade even  though still has challenges.  She practices self love and challenges herself to be better everyday.  She is always changing for the better.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Remember to love yourself, and know that you have the right to be happy. Even in the face of setbacks or when you feel knocked down, know that this is a continuing journey and that you are valued as an individual. Practice self compassion and know that we are imperfect humans living imperfect lives but that doesn’t make us any less than.  Don’t self sabotage and practice self love. Know that you deserve exactly what you determine your worth to be, nobody can do that for you. While of course, to a degree we are always going to care about what the people around us think, if you make the right choices and act within your own values and virtuously, you will be ok with your decisions at the end of the day. Don’t live with regrets and instead take every opportunity to learn from your experiences.

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