JAKLYN is a bold singer and songwriter who has always had a vision for her own original, soulful sound that would fuse together her many influences. She launched a solo music project so she could capture exactly what was in her mind, incorporating elements of soul, pop, jazz fusion, electronic, downtempo, hip hop, and rock. After several years of writing and recording, she has emerged with an impressive debut album that showcases her creative songwriting and reflects the different facets of her artistic identity.
The project defies boundaries of both genre and geography. JAKLYN resides in Oakland, California. But for the production, JAKLYN tapped the talents of Erik Rico, a versatile, multi-instrumentalist based out of Austin, Texas. Rico has written and produced music for hip hop and soul artists like Jurassic 5, Planet Asia, and Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets), and has also made several of his own indie soul albums. They collaborated remotely to form JAKLYN’s 13 songs into an eclectic, dream-like journey of a “grown up girl” navigating through modern society. The album also benefits from tasteful contributions by jazz pianist Kit Taylor, who JAKLYN met while living in her native city, Portland, Oregon.
The album’s title, That One Girl, is a nod to independent women who resist pressures to conform, and JAKLYN’s expression ranges from vulnerable to fierce. Her soulful vocals mesh with every flavor of music, as the album transitions seamlessly through R&B, electro pop, ambient, nu jazz, and alt-rock styles. The surprising addition of a minimally produced, downtempo-infused pop ballad at the end of the album further demonstrates JAKLYN’s range as a songwriter.