Stereo 550 ft. Paulina Jayne
Q&A with Urban Country Artist and Songwriter Paulina Jayne
Stereo 550 has been a musical platform at GTB for 10 years, bringing art and soul to our agency and drawing people together through music. Over the past decade we’ve put on nearly 100 shows, from emerging artists to seasoned performers such as Portugal. The Man, American Authors, Neon Trees and Third Eye Blind.
We kicked off our first Stereo 550 of 2019 with urban country artist and songwriter, Paulina Jayne. Made in Detroit and now a Nashville transplant, Paulina’s music is a blend of Motown, rock and country influences.
This past summer, Paulina landed a partnership with the Ford Driving Skills for Life program. Paulina and her team represent innovative thinking and help spread the road safety message to young drivers everywhere.
Q: What got you into music?
A: I fell into music when I was about five years old. I started playing the piano when my mom signed me up for lessons with a woman down the street. Next thing I know, I’m turning 13 and playing my first show over at the Hayloft in Mount Clements, Michigan! I signed with my management about six months after that.
Q: What inspired you to make music?
A. There are so many things that bring a song to life. At first I poured all my emotions into the piano when I was playing classical music and writing different songs. Middle school moodiness was my initial inspiration. But as I grew up, I started to hear other people’s stories and got a little bit of life under my feet myself. It’s amazing the stories that somebody in a coffee shop will tell you and how something as simple as that can act as an inspiration. I started writing lyrics that were more relatable because of those experiences.
Q: What or who is your greatest influence?
A: That’s a tough question because there are so many influential people out there. I really love Stevie Wonder — he’s one of my favorites. I love the soul he sings with. I love Miranda Lambert and the grit she’s got going on. And a little Kelly Clarkson because she has an insane voice.
Q: If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?
A: Recently I’ve had the desire to either act on a TV show that does some sort of FBI work or even become an FBI agent myself. I think that’d be the coolest thing in the world!
Q: What is your current favorite song?
A: My current favorite song is Remember by Lauren Dagel. It’s a beautiful song about remembering why she is going to be okay through just about everything. Another favorite is Never Alone by Tori Kelly. Definitely listen to those two.
Q: How did you get involved with Ford’s Driving Skills for Life?
A: For our first tour, we had several dates booked but didn’t have a vehicle to get the band to and from performances. I reached out to my uncle, an engineer for Ford, who connected me with Jim Graham, Global Manager of Ford Driving Skills for Life. We quickly found out that our motivation aligned with the vision of the program and our partnership took off! This opportunity has allowed me to tour and play amazing shows. It’s been an honor to get to work with such an extraordinary organization.
Q: When can we expect your new music?
A: I actually dropped a brand new single called “Make the Moves” on February 8th!