My name is Jocelyn Garrett. I am a singer, song-writer, and performer based out of Chicago. I have tried out for numerous shows such as American Idol and The Voice. My career took off when I was 27 after my first 7 track EP album “Gold” was released. In 2018, I made the announcement that I was creating an album with the collaboration of Justin James as producer, and The Artists of Industry Recording Studio. On November 18, my 11 track album called “Rebuilding” will be releasing on every major platform, as well as hard copies will be sold off Amazon. It took years, dedication, and a vision to get where I am today.
My passion for singing came early on in my life. I do not have a pivotal moment where I knew that was my purpose, but my mother always says I was singing when I was baptized. I remember always taking hairbrushes and pretending I was onstage in front of my stuffed animals. They were my best audience as a child, and sometimes they still are today. I had memories of jamming out with my dad’s band, leading them with my vocals. It was then I realized I could song-write naturally. I remember moments when I would hear them rocking out, and I would just come in and start singing lyrics right off the top of my head. I didn’t know where they came from, but I could feel it in my soul. I knew that it was a part of who I was. I was very lucky to have sang at my local church choir. Ever since third grade, I sang at Sunday masses in my local town. I participated sometimes as canter girl, leading the Sunday mass in front of then, a small audience. I was blessed and thankful that I had great musical influences around me. At the age of 13, I took singing to the next level. I hired a vocal coach and created a CD of 5 songs that I wrote. I sold it throughout my town, and was on cloud nine. But not everything about my childhood was great.
From elementary to middle school, I went to a small Catholic school. It was the same thirty students for all eight years, excluding some new students occasionally. It was hard. I didn’t have too many close friends, and felt introverted although I am far from it. I tried to fit in but never really could. I was bullied pretty badly to the point where my mom almost home schooled me. I won’t get into detail, but that time period in my life taught me how to become motivated from hardship. I spent most of those years practicing singing and sports.
I went to St. Vincent St. Mary for two years. I put singing on the backburner because I was dedicated to basketball. Being a part of that school, was amazing. It taught me more about life, than some experiences I have had. But, at the age of 16 I moved to Chicago with my sibling and mother. From there, singing became my priority again.
Being in a big city, I wanted to do everything I could to take advantage of it. I would sing everywhere. In one instance, that would actually come back and change my life; I was singing on North Avenue beach. When I was done singing, someone approached me and said “wow you are really good, I am going to be a producer someday, I would love to work with you.” Being eighteen at the time, I was excited. I eventually grew to be friends with him, and to this day he became one of my biggest successors. His name is Justin James, and he was right. He not only became a big time producer throughout Chicago, but he helped create my entire album. He got me back into the studio, allowed me to song-write, and sing all my original music. He accompanied me at the American Music Awards in 2018. He became my mentor, friend, and now family.
Now, I live for music. It is my passion. I believe that everything I write and sing, has positive influence. If I can impact the world in a positive way, than my gift might make the world a better place. I am a huge sponsor of St. Jude’s. I have donated and raised money from my music to help children with cancer. I believe that music is universal and giving back is the most important thing, we as humans can do for others. I realized this when I was twenty five years old.
When I was twenty five, I went through a traumatic time in my life- where I battled severe depression and anxiety. I was out of work for twelve week, and eventually went to outpatient therapy. Day in and day out, I felt trapped and alone inside my own thoughts. Although it took every ounce of my energy to get back on track, music saved my life. From then on, I set my mind to putting together an album of everything I went through, and created a theme to my songs- “REBUILDING.” I wanted to urge myself to rebuild my life for the better, and I wanted to carry this message on for the world to hear.
On November 18, 2019 my 11 track album “REBUILDING” will be released everywhere. The songs each have a story. Each song is something I went through to rebuild my life for the better, and become a more motivated and positive woman. My goal is to impact every life that listens to my music, and I hope it creates a ripple effect to make the world better. Thank you for all that supported me along this crazy journey, and bless all of you that REBUILD your life to effect positive change for all.