La JERÔME Says It Is A 'Bye Buy World'
The road to finding an authentic musical aesthetic is often a lengthy one for an artist, with various twists and turns along the way; the ebb and flow of an often nebulous conception of what best articulates their creative instinct can take time to solidify into something cohesive. For Belgian/Haitian singer/songwriter Christa 'Kiu' Jerome, La JERÔME, it has taken fourteen years worth of singing and performing to get to such a point of creative certainty. From talent show notoriety through to working with Belgian jazz legend Marc Moulin on three records, along with lending her vocals to the Belgian jazz, hip-hop, funk and rock scene, La JERÔME has well and truly 'walked-the-walk' when it comes to honing her artistic sensibility.
Having connected with producer/multi-instrumentalist Pascal Paulus, she last year released the 'Jerome Is A Woman's Name' project; with a grab bag of influences including Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughn and the soul/funk of 70's television and film scores, La JERÔME's richly soulful voice and incisive, socially conscious lyricism infused a maturely confident aura into Paulus' eclectically inspired, retro-hued grooves. Here in ample evidence with the avarice scolding 'Bye Buy World', La JERÔME cautions 'some folks buy their way out, but no one is free/ if one needs to buy enough to be/playing the game of the best bet, choosing your chains is all there is left/'.