Music

An accomplished professional vocalist, songwriter, musician, producer, and recording artist with an expansive vocal and stylistic range, Luna Jade has been creating and performing music all her life.
The daughter of a gifted jazz musician and talented painter & visual artist, Luna inherited a rich musical and artistic legacy, igniting her eclectic nature and sparking a life-long artistic exploration. Her rich, multi-textured voice creates beautiful tapestries of sound. She has been honored as a top five finalist in the SingerUniverse Magazine Best Vocalist Contest, her original songs have been chosen as one of the top 5 songs in the SongwriterUniverse Magazine Best Songs contest and awarded Honorable Mention in the Billboard World Song Contest. Her recordings, original and cover, have been featured repeatedly on various radio networks, including Women of Substance Radio, where her performances went into rotation on a holiday playlist that included Lady Antebellum, Norah Jones, and Melissa Manchester.

Apart from her songwriting as an original Indie artist, Luna also composes, records, & produces music for commercial and soundtrack purposes (corporate, advertising, film, video, etc.) on a contract and stock library basis – as artist and engineer.

A native New Yorker now transplanted to Florida, Luna spent many years in the spotlight as a lead vocalist for some of Manhattan’s top event bands and society orchestras – at times literally performing for presidents and kings. During her ever-evolving career, Luna has shared the stage with Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffet, and Foreigner’s Mick Jones, opened for artists ranging from Tony Bennett to Barry Manilow, and has appeared onstage as a backup vocalist for Ambrosia’s David Pack, Wayne Nelson from the Little River Band, and Bad Company’s Brian Howe… a testament to her vocal versatility.

Raised in a home abundant with music and art, Luna was blessed to have varied creative influences from an early age. Luna inherited a rich musical and artistic legacy, which she has built upon through extensive training early on, followed by years of ongoing self-study, seasoned by countless gigs in venues ranging from smoky nightclubs to a Presidential Inauguration. The result is an artist whose attitude can be summed up as “no limits,” with a writing style as eclectic and powerful as her vocal style. Luna’s ongoing musical projects range from contemporary soul and R&B to industrial and gothic metal; from acoustic ukulele music to world beat and jazz – or, as Buzz Lightyear says, “To infinity and beyond!”

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Luna Jade… A powerful, emotive singer/songwriter with a voice that “can breathe fire one minute and wrap languidly around a dulcet note the next.”
Luna’s vocal style deftly spans the sonic spectrum – from the blue-eyed soul of Michael McDonald to the versatility of Eva Cassidy with a bit of Steven Tyler’s rock cojones thrown in. She paints with her voice, using the many varied hues in her palette, infusing her music with her unique viscerally soulful sound…

Writing songs to inspire, heal & make you think
while rocking you to your soul.

Listen to a sampling of Luna’s Music…


To hear more from Luna’s various projects…
Visit her ReverbNation page.

Eclectic Vocalist…
Luna’s love of music and singing spans many genres and styles. She is a true vocal chameleon.
Here’s a glimpse of some of the other hues in her vocal palette:

Visit the Vox Eclectic page

About

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”

Our Deepest Fear
by Marianne Williamson from
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

Teaching takes many forms:
Some teach by calling themselves “teachers”…
Some teach more subtly by showing others what is possible
and letting them divine their own way.
Luna in “Teaching and Learning… a perspective”

When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”
~ Erma Bombeck

About Luna Jade…

Vocalist, Songwriter, musician, composer, producer… [aural artist] Graphics artist, beadweaver, photographer, jewelry designer… [visual artist] Pro tech-geek, software developer, eternal student… [conceptual artist] Poet, writer, healer, creator, dreamer and believer, eclectic soul.

Left and right brain vying for control… and working in concert.

I created this image as my business card in 2007.
It continues to be a snapshot of my main expressions (but not all :)
Luna's Wild Hair

Embracing the creative chaos.

Glimpses of who I am… “creating” is a natural and essential part of my being,
as is sharing my creations – to please, to help, to heal, to entertain… and to inspire.

My interests are many and varied… and expanding daily. I delight in exploring the new and different.
I am eternally grateful for a muse who has many voices, ranging from the deeply technical to the beautifully artistic.

As I listen to whatever song she whispers in my ear, whatever divine impulse flashes within at any given time, I am perpetually and eclectically creatively engaged.

It makes for a very interesting existence :)

Do I have a a diverse “bag of tricks”? Yes.
Am I unique in that creative diversity? NO.

I am just open to hearing the inspiration flow and curious enough to act on it…
whatever IT is.

And I love encouraging others to do the same…
One of my joys is to help someone else find their own voice, their medium of expression,
to reclaim their creative birthright.

I am an innovative and eclectic artist, exploring new ideas toward personal expression and global positive shift… in my creations and my interactions. I see and think in patterns; eddies of images and input swirling, coalescing to form a path or concept to be explored. Sometimes so many different possibilities that I find myself at a crossroads, overwhelmed… not sure which creative pathway to walk down in that moment. Learning the fine art of prioritization and time management is key (and an ongoing refinement process for me :)

To be sure, there have been times when my creative muse didn’t seem to speak as clearly to me… or maybe she was speaking but I was too caught up in my head to hear with clarity. Professionally, I’m an artist with an M.B.A. (in Quantitative Analysis/Operations Research); a quant who changed gears and became a Software Developer (until recently: a Lead Programmer Analyst for a private company; now: creating my own… more on my Tech page).

I’ve spent my professional life divided between 2 careers, putting my chameleon skin to the test:
~ as a professional vocalist / songwriter/musician, expressing my soul emotionally and artistically.
~ as a geek/developer/analyst, exploring the dynamic technology horizon; the TechnoVerse.

Different dances performed by the same danseuse… the corporate gig capitalizing more on what is “in my head” than what is “in my heart”, but teaching me some valuable skills that have suited me well in my life as an artist.

I am happiest when I am creating… whatever that current medium is.
As I expressed in the graphic I created above, “Luna’s Wild Hair”… when I get a “Wild Hair”, I explore it.

So why do I share all this with you?

“What one man can do, so can another.”
~ Anthony Hopkins to Alec Baldwin in the movie “The Edge”.

Note: Now, I know that we may not all have the same gifts or the same degree of talent in any given gift (life would be kind of boring if we did, wouldn’t it?), but there’s an artistic spark that exists in us all… it’s an integral part of our our humanity and our spirituality. It’s up to each of us to find what our gifts are and explore them to our hearts content.

My story is a bit different than most because I have actively straddled the artistic and business worlds throughout my professional life, but I have had occasion to experience the crisis of creativity that I’ve heard lamented by so many of my friends, colleagues, and fans. There is a comment I hear all too frequently when discussing my music and art that troubles me:
“I’m not creative. I could never do that.”

And my answer is always: “Yes, you are… and yes, you can.”

I fiercely believe that there’s a creative spirit inside us all. As little children, it comes naturally to us. We live and play in our imagination… the land of make believe is familiar territory to us. We dream up wonderful role-playing scenarios for games and turn everyday household items into toys and props for our imaginative pursuits.

But something happens as we grow older… it becomes increasingly difficult to live in the joy of the moment and many of us lose touch with our creative source. We forget that part of us that lives in delight and wonder… the perpetually playful part.

The challenges of daily life, responsibilities, societal expectations, personal hardships…
all of these conspire to make us lose the ability to find our bliss.

For some it’s the idea that you can only be “one thing”… another false and limiting dream stealer.

“You can do anything you put your mind to. “

You really can.

I firmly believe and live this… and have all my life, albeit with the occasional tumbles off the wagon – it happens, it’s one of the “features” of being human.

In all of us, whether we consciously know it or not, there are seeds of incandescence planted within, waiting for their chance to burst forth in blinding brilliance.
They may be hovering close to the surface… or they may be nestled deep inside (some of the finest treasures are buried deeply).

Go on an inner treasure hunt for your luminous seedling and nurture the flame into full being. And as you shine, watch those around you light up from contact glow. It can be contagious…

May you all see and know your beautiful light that shines from within…

~ Luna Jade in What better way to begin…

As this blog unfolds and I explore things past, present and future,
I hope to offer some little spark to help you find your bliss and your creative voice…

as you all help me maintain and explore mine.

Much love, thanks and mutually reflected light…

Luna Jade

 

We are all…
Luna Jade

Find the light within and let it shine…