Interview with Jovell Bailey (@jovell_bailey)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I’m originally from the country of Jamaica, I migrated to the US at the age of 12. Before that, I was always active in my church, being in the children’s choir. That is where my love for music blossomed. I used to have a really bad stutter as a child, but the only time I could speak clearly, was when I was singing. Singing for me became therapeutic, a way to overcome my stutter, so it only served to strengthen my love and passion for my craft.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
The best advice I can give is don’t stop. The amount of time that I almost gave up because I’d look at my views on YouTube and saw only 9 views then I’d compare that to other artists who have millions of views for a song that came out the same day but that’s where I went wrong. You absolutely cannot compare yourself with anyone else, you have to understand that each individual’s life is constructed differently and therefore some people will achieve things faster than others but if you never give up, you’ll be unstoppable. In the meantime, that you’re waiting, work on yourself and your craft so your finished product can be one of the best people have ever seen or heard.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I am the youngest child of my parents: Beverly and Derrick. My Siblings are Priscilla, Tamara, Conrod, Nadia and Jason. My entire family has been supportive of me and my dreams, at times they’d take turns driving me to auditions from Connecticut to New Jersey without ever making me feel like a burden. I got to where I am today because of the never-ending love and support I’ve received from the people who matter the most and it urges me to make sure that their sacrifices weren’t in vain. I aspire to make them and myself proud.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Success to me is bringing 100% of myself into my music and seeing it touch and help other people get through the hardships of their life.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Don’t give up on your dreams.” The road to success is rocky if you believe in your dream, give it your all and never compare yourself to others. With hard work and determination, you can go a very long way.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
They can follow me on Instagram (@jovell_bailey) which is my primary social media. I share bits of my life and frequent updates about my latest work and music over there. You can also catch me on my YouTube channel Jovell Bailey.