Jaira Burns Shares Musical Memories Behind “Ugly”

The singer songwriter discusses the songs that shaped her formative years and her debut single

Jaira Burns

Jaira Burns discovered her singing voice the old fashioned way: She was nine years old and singing in the shower when the love of song struck her. Since then the 20 year old star in the ascendency has put in the hard yards of practice, honed her songwriting skills, performed countless industry showcases and oh, she just signed to Interscope Records to release her first single “Ugly”…

With a far-reaching ambition, and a good sense of what turns a pop song into a modern classic, ARTISTdirect considered Jaira to be an ideal candidate to discuss her formative years and the songs that influenced her approach to making music…

First single I bought: 

When I first started getting heavy into music, I bought CDs. One of the first CDs I got was Chris Brown’s Run It album.

First live show I attended: 

The first show I saw live was Avril Lavigne and Boys Like Girls.

Song that encouraged me to learn instrument of choice: 

When I was young, my mom would always play music in the car, in the house, wherever we were really. No matter the song or genre, the guitar always stuck out to me, so I knew I needed to learn how to play!

The song that reminds me of home: 

The Bee Gees “How Deep Is Your Love”. My dad and I used to JAM to The Bee Gees anytime we were in the car together – which is one of my favorite memories!

My guilty secret track:

“Bodak Yellow”- Cardi B

The song I wish I wrote: 

“Ballin’” by Bibi Bourelly

The finest song from my all time hero: 

Stevie Nicks- “ Landslide,” I’m pretty sure I cry every time this song comes on.

Song to play at my funeral: 

“Bounce Back”- Big Sean

Favorite song from my most recent project: 

This is a tough question because I am so close to all of my music, but if I had to choose I would say a new track that will be heard soon enough called “Didn’t I.”

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