IN MOST MUSICAL CAREERS, THE DEBUT ALBUM TENDS TO LAY BARE THE SOUL OF THE ARTIST AS SHE INTRODUCES HERSELF TO THE WORLD, ITS SONGS CREATED FROM A REAL LIFE STILL PURE AND UNENCUMBERED BY ANY SPOTLIGHT OR HARSH EXPOSURE. JADE JACKSON, HOWEVER, HAS CHOSEN TO FLIP THAT TANDEM ON ITS HEAD, AND WITH HER SECOND FULL-LENGTH, WILDERNESS, SHE CASTS A LIGHT MORE FOCUSED ON HER OWN LIFE THAN EVER BEFORE—DUE IN PART TO AN INSPIRATION FROM FINALLY COMING TO TERMS WITH A TRAUMATIC EVENT IN HER OWN JOURNEY.
Her first album, 2017’s Gilded, was a masterful, critically acclaimed introduction to her strong soulful stylings as told through the eyes of characters and storytelling, with Jackson keeping any hyper-personal glimpses at arm’s length. But for its follow-up, the singer-songwriter from the Central Coast of California decided to embrace the concept of “writing what you know” and build her songs from an autobiographical perspective. And while the subject matter of Wilderness isn’t necessarily directly drawn from it, Jackson found that revisiting some of the darkness surrounding an accident she experienced in 2012 and its aftermath helped open the door to further self-reflection.