Music Video: Cocoa Jackson Lane - In Search Of Souls
Jess Harlen and Camilla Charlesworth are Cocoa Jackson Lane, a musical project for which Harlen and Charlesworth write, record and produce everything themselves, at times joined by Meritxell Vinaixa, bringing together diverse backgrounds that encompass the South Pacific, South East Asia and Spain. Founded at Berklee College Of Music, Cocoa Jackson Lane draws on Pacific vibes, 70's rock and urban influences to forge a musical blend that they describe as psychedelic soul where roots-meets-RnB, 'trippy yet tropical', this mix showcased on their first release, 'In Search Of Souls', its dreamy, contemplatively mellow vibe, smoothly uplifting chorus and gentle West African rhythm being illustrated by Anime-inspired visuals.
Playing on the live scene in and around Boston, Cocoa Jackson Lane held back the release of their first single until January to avoid the collective lull of Christmas, in the meantime traveling to Australia to open for the Queen Of Australasian R&B, Aaradhna, and upon release the single 'In Search Of Souls', taken from their upcoming self-titled EP, was picked up by both C4 TV and Maori TV in New Zealand.
New Zealand born of Maori heritage and raised in Australia, Jess Harlen, dubbed by Rolling Stone as 'one to watch', is a emotionally expressive soul singer with two critically acclaimed albums under her belt, 'Neon Heartache' and 'Park Yard Slang', and she is now based between Boston, New Zealand and Australia as she works on projects and her music publicity business.
Of Indonesian heritage, Camilla Charlesworth, Bassist, Composer and Musical Director, spent time in Sydney as a session musician touring with Australian stars such as Guy Sebastian, Delta Goodrem and Jessica Mauboy and was a founding member of female soul project ALPHAMAMA. Charlesworth grew up loving funk, soul hip-hop and R&B, looking up to Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Destiny's Child, Jay-Z and The Roots, later acquiring an appreciation for bassists like Esperanza Spalding and Me'shell Ndegeocello, and is currently studying at Berklee College Of Music after winning a scholarship to the school.