With her casual grace and quiet confidence, Jennifer Paige seems the type person who can take virtually any excitement in stride. But when her single “Crush” climbed to No. 1 in 16 countries, selling more than 11 million copies worldwide and going 5x-platinum, even Paige admits that the speed of the song’s success caught her by surprise. Paige’s arrival at the top of the charts may have been sudden, but her life in music had been years in the making.
She was introduced to all styles of music at an early age by her music-loving parents, and began playing piano at the age of 8. By 10, she was performing with her older brother in local coffeehouses and restaurants in her hometown of Marietta, Georgia. In high school, Paige studied Voice, Dance and Theater at the prestigious Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts. And so the journey began!
After school, she toured America as the lead singer in the Top 40 band, Vivid Image, and ultimately moved to Los Angeles to pursue her recording dreams. Shortly after her arrival, she partnered with producer Andy Goldmark, and their work together quickly caught the attention of Edel America/Hollywood Records, and she signed her first record deal.
The breakout success of her first release changed Paige’s life overnight. One minute she was living a relatively private life in Los Angeles, and the next she was singing for the Pope at the Vatican, performing in Atlanta at the Olympic Games, and hanging out with Prince Albert of Monaco after being nominated Best New Artist at the World Music Awards.
When asked why her music made such an immediate impact, Paige offers a characteristically direct, good-natured answer: “It’s just deep enough, and just light enough. It strikes a good balance of reality and sensationalism, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. I think the world needs a little more music like that.”
An MTV and pop radio favorite, Paige worked tirelessly in support of her self-titled debut album and its follow up, Positively Somewhere. Released in September 2001, her sophomore effort reflected a fresh and sophisticated new style. As soon as her voice hit the airwaves, listener response was overwhelming and critics took notice.
“Paige succeeds in the nearly impossible task of oozing smoldering sensuality without resorting to typical groans and moans,” declared Billboard Magazine. “Instead, she uses her notably flexible vocal range to convey the emotion of the tune. As a result, she breathes a refreshing intensity into the song.”
The next several years would prove to be a time of promoting, touring and honing her skills as a songwriter. This led Paige back to her roots, and to the songwriting capital of the world, Music City – Nashville, Tennessee. Her music has since been featured in several motion pictures, including her starring role in Disney’s, The Country Bears (with Christopher Walken and fellow musicians Elton John, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt and Don Henley), Smart People, Simply Irresistible, Autumn in New York and Inspector Gadget. Paige’s songs have been featured on hit television series, such as Ghost Whisperer, Las Vegas, Laguna Beach, Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has been the voice of countless advertising campaigns, including Barbie, Dodge, Bank of America, Jack in the Box, Sherwin Williams, Overstock.com, and many others. In addition, Paige has written songs for and with international artists such as LaShell Griffin, La’am, York and Smash Mouth.
In 2007, she teamed up with German indie label, Glor, for her third studio album, Best Kept Secret. She was soon back at the top of the charts with the album’s single, “Beautiful Lie”, written and recorded with Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, and produced by hit-maker Carl Falk at the legendary Village Recorder studio in Los Angeles.
Experience has brought about a new kind of confidence in Paige, as her creative instincts have continued to guide her well. Her most recent solo release, Holiday (2012), includes re-imagined arrangements of classic Christmas songs, as well as original songs written by Paige. The debut EP of her highly anticipated duo, Paige & Palermo, released June 4, 2013 to rave reviews. MTV.com says “the two croon, resembling a more electronica-tinged Lady Antebellum, or even shades of Fleetwood Mac.” and MuuMuse says, “it’s a bit mystical, mysterious, atmospheric and electronic all at once, recalling a bit of the spiritual awakening of Madonna‘s Ray Of Light.”
Jennifer Paige makes music with staying power by staying true to the classic elements of great pop: infectious melodies, authentic storytelling and sensational vocals that hit straight to the heart.