From Refugee Roots to Musical Stardom: Jade Defrancia Triumphs Over Identity Politics & Immigration Bias

Jade Defrancia, a Vietnamese musician, intertwines her immigrant narrative with music, overcoming biases and challenges. Her lineage, marked by war and escape, shapes her resilient spirit. From clandestine birth in East Oakland to a blossoming music career, Jade's journey is a testament to perseverance. Facing threats, she embraced music and left corporate life behind. Her story inspires resilience and defies stereotypes, urging others to pursue dreams despite societal obstacles.

From Refugee Roots to Musical Stardom: Jade Defrancia Triumphs Over Identity Politics & Immigration Bias
Oakland, CA, April 05, 2024 --( Jade Defrancia, a pioneering Vietnamese musician, intricately threads her extraordinary life journey into the fabric of her music. Her story is one marked by the inherent biases and challenges faced by immigrants, yet woven with resilience and courage.

Born into a family whose roots were deeply entrenched in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, Jade's grandfather epitomized bravery as a war paratrooper and survivor of slavery camps. Fleeing the tumultuous landscape, he orchestrated a perilous escape to Hong Kong aboard a small boat, navigating treacherous waters even after losing their compass. Their harrowing journey underscores the indomitable spirit ingrained in Jade's lineage.

Jade's mother, at the age of 17, clandestinely carried Jade, her unborn child, against the backdrop of uncertainty. Her delivery, in the solitude of an East Oakland apartment bathroom, mirrored the secrecy and isolation that often shrouded immigrant experiences. A startling entrance into her grandparents' room with a wailing infant elicited disbelief, as they mistook her for a spectral apparition.

At the tender age of four, Jade's grandfather introduced her to Vietnamese melodies, igniting a passion for music that would shape her identity. By eight, she recognized the transformative power of songwriting, perceiving songs as melodies woven into life's narratives. Spurred by this revelation, she penned her inaugural composition, laying the groundwork for a prolific songwriting career spanning eight albums.

In 2012, while crafting "Not Every Dream is Jaded," Jade confronted a pivotal moment when an armed assailant threatened her life, underscoring the fragility of existence. Determined not to depart with her music unshared, she embraced her calling as an artist. Her debut album, "Not Every Dream is Jaded," released in 2023, resonated deeply with audiences and critics alike, hailed for its poignant lyrics and soul-stirring melodies.

Concurrently, Jade confronted a crossroads in her corporate trajectory, recognizing music as her true vocation. A songwriting challenge yielded "Out of My Element," an alternative rock album. Serenading her HR Director with one of the songs from her album on her final workday encapsulated her transition. The accompanying music video, slated for release on June 28, commemorates her departure, symbolizing her emancipation from corporate confines.

Jade's unwavering commitment to her craft and ethos of pursuing dreams reverberate throughout her musical journey. Her forthcoming releases herald a cascade of songs, culminating in the full album launch in February 2025. Jade Defrancia transcends the confines of mere artistry, emerging as a beacon of fortitude and resilience. Through her music, she not only navigates life's adversities but also inspires others to chart their path amidst the bias and challenges of today's society.

Press contact: Jeff Hanson |
Soul Prop Records
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Out of My Element - Jade Defrancia

Out of My Element - Jade Defrancia

"Out of My Element" delves into the struggle with self-doubt amidst unemployment, capturing the uncertainties of life's journey. It reflects on feeling out of place yet finding solace in hope and perseverance.