We’ve loved every second of watching Jade Marie Patek’s emergence as an artist since coming across a couple of killer acoustic videos a few years ago. She possesses such a genuineness about her, that you just can’t help but root her on. We’ve seen her embark on solo career, put out a fantastic debut single, “Drive”, have some really solid chart success with her follow-up single, “Dead Flowers”, build a social media following, put a healthy amount of show dates on her calendar, put on some impressive performances at our Texas Music Pickers’ Songwriter Competition, and now we’re really excited to spread the word on her debut EP, “Fly Bird” !
The seven track project brings you stories of love, heartbreak, the areas in between, and the grind of the music business. Throughout the EP’s entirety, Patek offers a warm, smooth sound, classic vocals, and complete product. She’s poignant and refined, yet relatable and real, and makes for a very enjoyable listening experience. We had the chance to chat with the up-and-coming singer/songwriter about her musical influences, her new EP, her CD Release shows, what she has on the horizon and more!
Texas Music Pickers: Tell us a little bit about yourself
Jade Marie Patek: I’m grew up in Shiner, TX area and Rockport, TX. I have 2 sisters and 2 wonderful parents, I am the middle child (makes sense, right?), went to Texas State University and have a degree in Public Relations, I’ve been playing gigs for 10 years, I currently live in Pflugerville with my boyfriend and our bird dog, Burt. I love going to see live, intimate acoustic songwriter shows, but I also love to rock out at a full band high energy show. If I’m not playing music, I am in Rockport fishing or hunting or sometimes both in the same day.
TMP: Who would you describe as your musical influences?
JMP: I’ll have to first name my grandpa, Joe Patek, who had a polka band back in the day. They toured all over Texas, sold one million albums of a single and their music is still played today at German festivals and of course in Shiner where I grew up. He’s been my inspiration since day one. My other influences are Janis Joplin, Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlisle, Sean McConnell, Stapleton, Childers. The list could go on. I love songwriters and I love music that makes you feel deep things.
TMP: How would you describe your style and sound?
JMP: I call it “Marble Rye Bread”. I’m country, blues, rock, soul. I think there are a little bit of each of those in each one of my songs. I was raised on it all, and it comes through in my music.
TMP: With this being your debut EP, what are you hoping to accomplish?
JMP: Putting this EP out I will have accomplished much more than I ever expected. I am just happy to write songs I’m proud of, and have the opportunity to record it and share it with the world. The only other thing I want to accomplish out of this is for others to enjoy it and relate to it as much as I do and to of course keep on writing and recording and becoming a better songwriter every day.
TMP: Why did you call it “Fly Bird”?
JMP: It reflects what all of the songs as a whole are about. After all of these years and excuses I had to not record and put out my original music, this is my “release” from those things I thought were holding me back! When you release a bird it flies away and is free to conquer anything.
TMP: Our favorite track is “Damn the Rain” can you give us some background on it?
JMP: I wrote that song in college with my friend Tanner Carson. We were outside hanging out, enjoying a beautiful day, when all of a sudden the sky goes black and starts pouring on us. We ran into my apartment and were like “ugh, damn the rain” and then that lightbulb goes off and we decide to write a song about that. We knew we wanted it to be a sad song, so we maybe had a few adult beverages to get us in the right mindset. We went back to our previous relationships that didn’t end very well and pulled inspiration from there. Tanner’s dad, a great musician, helped us get the melody just right. Before we knew it, “Damn The Rain” was a finished song. We were and still are really proud of that collaboration.
TMP: If you had to pick just one song from the EP, which song are you the most proud of?
JMP: So hard to pick just one!! BUT if I had to, it would be Fly Bird. The message is so positive and it reminds people and myself that through the dark times, there’s always better days ahead. Also, to find what gets you through those days; whether it’s faith, family or friends, cling tight to that and know you’ll get through it. I also knew that was my favorite the moment I saw the look on my dad’s face after he heard it for the first time. We both had something in our eyes at the same time, it was crazy. (haha)
TMP: What do you have lineup for the release show?
JMP: I have 3 CD release parties!! The first one is release day (Nov 30) at Brewster Street. I am opening for Robert Ray, and he and the venue are kind enough to let me use that opportunity to get my Rockport and Corpus people out to celebrate this huge moment in my life. The second party is the next night, Dec 1, in my other hometown Shiner, TX at TKO’s. This will be a big family shindig! The third one has been kept under wraps and I am so excited I can finally announce that it will be at MusicFest as an official MusicFest artist! CD Release party at MusicFest, can you believe it!!!?? So if anyone reading this is going this January, please come out to that show!
TMP: As of right now, what has been your most memorable live show so far?
JMP: I’ve had some pretty great opportunities so far. I would have to say it’s a 3-way tie between all of the times Charlie Robison had me sing “The Wedding Song” with him, when I got to open for and sing with Josh Abbott at a sold out show at Brewster Street, and the shows I’ve played at MusicFest in the past.
TMP: What’s your favorite thing to eat while on the road?
JMP: This is so terrible and unhealthy, but I love Whataburger and Hot Cheetos. I should probably mention something healthier I like too and say anytime I get to stop at a Salata. Those salads are the bomb.
TMP: What does 2019 look like for Jade Marie Patek?
JMP: 2019…MUSICFEST of course, I’ll be releasing one more single off of “Fly Bird” at the beginning of the year, traveling out-of-state to play some shows (yay!), doing more full band shows and writing and co-writing as much as I can. I’ve learned how to execute a pre-order campaign, album release and all of the marketing and promoting that goes on in between and conquered it all with the help of my best friend. Now that we know how to do all of that, the sky is the limit. I am really excited about the future!
Be sure to grab a copy of the EP when it drops this Friday (11/30), but in the meantime. enjoy our *PICK* of the album, “Damn the Rain”, below!
Music addict, a sucker for heartbreak songs, and avid Houston sports fan! I’am also the Editor-in-Chief of Texas Music Pickers.