LIVE. WRITE. SING. REPEAT.
From the grassroots to the grand stage, Ajaye Jardine has been winning over country music audiences with her heart on her sleeve and a guitar in her hand. Using her own truth and life moments as her musical anchor, every song is an opportunity for Ajaye Jardine to inspire her audience and empower them through the sound of her voice and the emotional depth of her experiences.
Born in Richmond, British Columbia, Ajaye Jardine was introduced to music at an early age by her family, with everything from Pink Floyd to Lynyrd Skynyrd infusing her with a creative spark that never left. An education in the performing arts coupled with ongoing mini-concerts with friends and family left Ajaye Jardine with a thirst for music and a hunger to perform. She eventually found her creative match in the sonic fusion of Country and Roots, drawn to the songwriting and musical composition of each one and feeling empowered by breakthrough female artists like Shania Twain, Sheryl Crow, and Brandi Carlile.
In 2010, Ajaye took her first big step as a country music artist by forming The Jardines with her mother, Cherelle Jardine. Over the next four years, they released two independent full-length albums (The Jardines, Someone’s Stolen Tuesday) and performed on a variety of stages, including the Merritt Music Mountain Festival, Harmony Arts Festival, the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics stage, and International Pop Overthrow.
Newest Release: “Boots on Girl” Featuring Aaron Grain (The Washboard Union)
Hometown: Richmond, British Columbia
Loves: Country Music, Concerts, Fans, Cruelty-Free Cosmetics, Hiking, Crafting, and Hula-Hoops.
Guitar: “Jenny” the acoustic Gibson songwriter deluxe.
First Song: A breakup song called “Waste On You”.
Motto: Get your boots on and live life to the fullest.
Seeking to establish herself as a solo artist, Ajaye Jardine traveled to Nashville in 2015 to find inspiration and collaboration in Music City. She recorded 5 new tracks at Rough Edges Studio with producers Jane Bach and Duane Sciacqua along with an A-list team of session players, releasing the final self-titled EP in the summer of 2015.
Through the process of creating her own material from the ground up, Ajaye Jardine discovered a niche for herself as an “all-natural” country music artist, who writes organically from the heart in the tradition of the themes and instrumentation of the tried and true country/roots sound. Through her own maturation as an adult, this philosophy has come to represent Ajaye Jardine’s own lifestyle and interests in living a minimalist life with an emphasis on staying close to family, friends, community and nature – while above all, staying true to herself.
2016 was a year of professional breakthroughs for Ajaye Jardine. She was a final nominee for Female Vocalist, Roots/Canadiana and Website in the 2016 BC Country Music Awards. She also placed in the Top 10 of the 2016 Ole On the Spot, Top 5 of the CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest – provincial segment, and Top 10 for the 2016 Breakthrough Country Music Project. Ajaye Jardine had performances at large venues this summer including the Calgary Stampede, and SunFest (with Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Dallas Smith and more). She also released her first radio single “My Way” with producer Sheldon Zaharko.
Ajaye Jardine started 2017 by showcasing an original song alongside Steve Early at Cayamo 2017 before placing in the Top 3 of the BCCMA/CCMA Spotlight Performance Contest. Her newest single release, “Boots On Girl”, featuring Aaron Grain of The Washboard Union ties with her United States tour, The Get Your Boots On Tour. She is starting in the Northeast Region of America, along with a move to Nashville to develop her career as a songwriter and entertainer. As the recipient of a CreativeBC Sound Recording grant, Ajaye Jardine will return to Vancouver in October to record her next project, which is due in 2018.
From Vancouver to Nashville, from studio to stage, and from experience to empowerment, Ajaye Jardine does it her way.