Jocelyn Alice Talks New Single “Sweetheart”, Getting Songs On TV, And What’s Next

Kat Harlton

Jocelyn Alice is a platinum-selling Canadian singer and songwriter with a fiercely powerful voice, heartfelt lyrics, and magnetic style. She rose to fame with her 2015 breakout summer song, “Jackpot.” The track topped radio and sales charts eventually being certified platinum in Canada. Since then, Jocelyn’s songs have received over 100 million streams, including her latest single “Still Wondering”, her collaboration with R3hab, “Radio Silence” (Canada top 25 radio hit), her single “I Know” (Canada top 20 radio hit), her Gold-certified single “Bound To You” (Canada top 15 radio hit), and her Gold-certified track “Feels Right”. In December 2017, Jocelyn teamed up with Walk Off The Earth for a cover of Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” amassing over 10 million views to date across all platforms.

Jocelyn received a 2016 SOCAN Pop/Rock Music Award for Jackpot and received Canadian Radio Music Awards nominations in 2016 for Best New Group or Solo Artist: AC and Best New Group or Solo Artist: CHR. She also received Canadian Music Week Indie Awards nominations in 2016 for Pop Artist of the Year and Single of the Year. Jocelyn co-wrote Mother Mother’s hit single ‘The Drugs’, which spent two weeks at #1 on the Mediabase Canada Alt Rock chart in February 2017 and received a SOCAN #1 Song Award in November 2017.

Jocelyn has co-written music featured in the hit TV shows One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars, the movie Dear Santa, and a television commercial in Canada for Shaw TV. In addition, she was the vocalist in a popular USA nationwide television commercial for Target, which featured a cover of the song “(So Groovy) Reach Out of the Darkness”.

We had the opportunity to chat with Jocelyn about her new single “Sweetheart”, what it’s like to have your music featured in popular TV shows, and who she’d love to work with next.

Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your new single “Sweetheart”?

Jocelyn: I gotta be honest… I wrote this song originally for Zara Larsson! But I also gotta be honest that the whole time I was writing it I knew I was gonna keep it no matter what. This song feels really powerful, especially coming from a woman. It’s a light hearted song about being out with your girls and needing that space from your partner. At its heart, this song is about self love.

Kat: You’ve amassed over 100 million streams across all streaming platforms, and have had your work featured on hit TV shows which include Pretty Little Liars and One Tree Hill. What have you learned from those experiences? and how do you think those experiences affected you as an artist?

Jocelyn: Holy shit. Every time I’m told that number I’m blown away. I think it’s important to have some wins along the way. It’s really hard to be an artist and an entrepreneur. Those wins gave me more confidence and assured me that what I was doing was connecting, because for me as a writer and singer, that’s my job. If I’m not connecting my heart to others I really don’t get the point. I have always just wanted to make really honest, vulnerable music and I think it’s really interesting that all of my biggest successes have come from those songs.

Kat: Is there a moment that has stood out as a career highlight for you so far?

Jocelyn: Probably the craziest moment of my life so far was receiving my Socan award in Canada. The night itself was a dream come true. To stand with all of my other artist superheros and enjoy this night that was all about honouring our work was an honour itself. The craziest part tho was not only seeing Lennon & Maisy perform but then having THEM come up to me ME and tell me they were fans. I mean…. I’m the fan!!! It’s been really cool to see how I’ve affected other artists. That’s really surreal.

Kat: Is there an artist you’d like to perform with, that you haven’t had the chance to yet. Or a song you’d love to do a cover of?

Jocelyn: Rihanna is the absolute Queen of my soul. I also really love Bon Iver. I think we could do something super weird and vibey.

Kat: Do you have any advice for emerging artists, or for those trying to break into the entertainment industry?

Jocelyn: Don’t forget why you do it. There’s so much bullshit and so many bullies trying to tell you who to be. Fuck them. Listen to your gut and make music and business decisions from there. I really believe if your intention is to help and heal, the rest will take care of itself. Buckle up, it’s a wild ride.

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