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FREDA JAMES

FREDA JAMES

When life in New York started to fall apart, this musician
decided to tear what was left of it down - and not look back.

When life in New York started to fall apart for this musician, she decided to tear down what was left — and not look back.

🎤 Listen to Freda James while you read!

"I came to New York with nothing. I lived for months with no furniture - literally sleeping on yoga mats in an apartment across from the Gershwin Theater.

I studied acting. I wrote poetry. I never even thought about being a singer until I started to sing with my friend Jason on guitar.

When I realized I could write my own lyrics - turn my bad poetry into something - I was hooked.

I WENT FROM OVERWORKED TO JOBLESS IN A WEEK.
I TOOK IT AS A SIGN.

I WENT FROM OVERWORKED TO JOBLESS IN A WEEK. I TOOK IT AS A SIGN.

I kept working, kept writing music. I started to perform and record. It started to get real, but I also started to get stuck. I worked two jobs trying to support my life and my music and was starting to question everything.

I decided to quit one job and take some time off to go to LA. Five days before my trip, my other job - the one I hadn’t quit - announced they were closing. I went from overworked to jobless in a week.

I took it as a sign to leave New York.

EVEN WHEN YOU ASK FOR IT, CHANGE IS SCARY.

EVEN WHEN YOU ASK FOR IT, CHANGE IS SCARY.

FREDA JAMES

When life in New York started to fall apart for this musician
she decided to tear down what was left — and not look back.

🎤 Listen to Freda James while you read!


"I came to New York with nothing. I lived for months with no furniture - literally sleeping on yoga mats in an apartment across from the Gershwin Theater.

I studied acting. I wrote poetry. I never even thought about being a singer until I started to sing with my friend Jason on guitar.

When I realized I could write my own lyrics - turn my bad poetry into something - I was hooked.

I WENT FROM OVERWORKED
TO JOBLESS IN A WEEK.
I TOOK IT AS A SIGN.

I cried the whole way to LA. Even when you ask for it, change is scary.

But once I got there, I shed my old narrative. I zoomed out. I gave myself a year to just explore. A friend in the music industry told me to take my time - don't try to finish anything, just create. I'm experimenting - setting up live shows and creating music videos.

And I fell in love — with a photographer who is now my favorite visual collaborator.

Recently I found out one of my songs was going to be on TV. When I got the news, I was actually on that same flight - NY to LA - but this time on my way back from traveling in Amsterdam. A year ago I’d been terrified and now this?

It felt like another sign - I was where I needed to be.”

Connect with Freda James on social media or check out her latest tour dates!

I kept working, kept writing music. I started to perform and record. It started to get real, but I also started to get stuck. I worked two jobs trying to support my life and my music and was starting to question everything.

I decided to quit one job and take some time off to go to LA. Five days before my trip, my other job - the one I hadn’t quit - announced they were closing. I went from overworked to jobless in a week.

I took it as a sign to leave New York.

EVEN WHEN YOU ASK FOR IT,

CHANGE IS SCARY.

I cried the whole way to LA. Even when you ask for it, change is scary.

But once I got there, I shed my old narrative. I zoomed out. I gave myself a year to just explore. A friend in the music industry told me to take my time - don't try to finish anything, just create. I'm experimenting - setting up live shows and creating music videos.

And I fell in love — with a photographer who is now my favorite visual collaborator.

 

Recently I found out one of my songs was going to be on TV. When I got the news, I was actually on that same flight - NY to LA - but this time on my way back from traveling in Amsterdam. A year ago I’d been terrified and now this?

It felt like another sign - I was where I needed to be.”

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