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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.

"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 freestyle with my friend Jason on guitar.

When I realized I could could improvise — bring melodies to my poems and turn them into lyrics — 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 feel stuck. Working two jobs to support my life and my music, I was connecting less and less to myself creatively.

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.


"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 freestyle with my friend Jason on guitar.

When I realized I could could improvise — bring melodies to my poems and turn them into lyrics — I was hooked.

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

The hardest part was physically getting on the plane. 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 space 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, Pushing You Away, 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.It had been a year since my move.

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

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Pushing You Away by Freda James (as heard on Freeform's The Bold Type)

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I kept working, kept writing music. I started to perform and record. It started to get real, but I also started to feel stuck. Working two jobs to support my life and my music, I was connecting less and less to myself creatively.

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.

The hardest part was physically getting on the plane. 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 space 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, Pushing You Away, 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. It had been a year since my move.

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

LISTEN! Pushing You Away by Freda James (as heard on Freeform's The Bold Type)



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