Catching up with Jodie Rae feels super exciting and very endearing! We both first met each other a couple of years ago, on an artist’s retreat, in Wigtown, run by the Performance Collective Stranraer.
We spent the weekend in the small but beautiful Galloway Book Town, escaping the hustle and bustle of our busy lives to surround ourselves with the fresh air and extra fresh talent. We spent our days in performance workshops, sharing meals and ideas throughout the day, and slept in bunk beds in a small cottage setting at night. I knew Jodie was going places; she is determined, honest, strong and warm whilst being a fantastic singer and songwriter (alongside being a terrific performer too!). We are delighted to now have her as a Network of Artists member.
Jodie Rae is from the West Coast of Scotland and has been singing alongside playing her guitar since she was 13 years old. For the past 3 years, Jodie has been developing her Indie/Acoustic style of singing and songwriting. This has given her the thirst to actively pursue this genre as a career in a post-covid setting.
Jodie takes pride in ensuring she is not too hard on herself when it comes to writing and creativity. She likes the inspiration to find her, and this usually happens through talking to and meeting people. The Scottish singer and songwriter doesn’t shy away from using her own personal experiences to make music and uses no set structure to make her art. It’s purely based on a collection of moments and what happens in the room that day.
Speaking fondly of a guitar teacher from Jodie’s childhood, she says they told her they “liked the way she spoke” and that was when she was only 10 years old. This teacher then asked her to sing and with Jodie’s youthful go ahead, they arranged for her to sing in front of the whole school – the first time she had sung in front of anybody! Jodie continued to sing from then on, began writing at thirteen and by the time she was eighteen, she realised that music and using music as an outlet was her true passion. She is now enjoying growing her ideas through experimenting and developing her own style as a musician.
Future thinking, Jodie would like to have an EP release, grow a following, connect with other musicians, play at venues in different areas and primarily grow a support network. Jodie is keen to collaborate with other artists; she has always had good experiences doing this and very much welcomes the opportunity to do so some more. If you, or someone you know, is up for doing this or has an idea, please reach out to Jodie, and see the magic happen for yourself.
Jodie's open and honestly admits the biggest challenge for herself, amidst many (if not all) other creatives, is being in her own head. She spends a lot of time with her craft, songs and music and is aware that her perspective can sometimes start to change. When she starts to question her own skills and abilities, she tries to combat this by not being too hard on herself and maintaining a healthy relationship with her practice. We are very thankful for Jodie’s sincerity here and it is important for us all to remember to go easy on ourselves, find space for deep breaths. We will likely always be our biggest critic.
“When I first started out, I found it easier to write for myself, whereas when I started playing more live performances and released music, I felt it was a bit harder separating those things – writing for yourself from the possibility of performing to a live audience... Make sure you are writing because you enjoy it, not because you feel you have to put pressure on yourself.”
Jodie Rae is a fantastic asset to our regions emerging music talent and the one to watch and follow.
We certainly look forward to witnessing your wonderful journey, Jodie!
You can find her on socials:
Facebook: Jodie Rae Music
Twitter: Jodie Rae Music
Jodie Rae music links:
Jodie's upcoming performance at Venue 38 in Ayr, more info: https://www.facebook.com/Venue38Ayr/
Catch Jodie Rae's full NOA Takeover below:
Music by: Jen Mac
Jen Mac's latest single 'Hold Me' Spotify link: https://spoti.fi/3BWJA2c
Video Editing: Lugsy