Jesse Labelle Heartbreak Coverup

We cannot display this gallery Meet Canada’s own Jesse Labelle.  With his new Wax Records sophomore album Two, Jesse Labelle is taking control. Packed and loaded with such irresistibly captivating and emotionally resonant songs as “One Last Night,” “No Moment We Stop” and the first single, “Heartbreak Coverup,” the romantically sensitive pop singer and songwriter has entered an even deeper level of intensity with his new 11-song set, analyzing the whole aspect of amorous commitment.

A quick snapshot of Jesse Labelle:

We would like to give Vervegirl readers a quick snapshot of “who you are” , please pick one word/ phrase from each pair below to give us a glimpse into your life. (Jesse’s answers are underlined)

Cat person          Dog person

Cup half full   Cup half empty

Early Bird             Night Owl

Shy                       Outgoing

Single                   Relationship

Thinker                Doer

Long walks on     Skydiving

the beach

VG: What is one thing you can share with Vervegirl readers that they may not know about you? 

JL:   Up until recently I could only seem to sleep with earplugs in, and only on the right side of the bed. I’ve been a bit of a picky sleeper, but I’m getting better.

VG: What is your favourite thing to do in your free time?

JL:   I love running/walking/anything that involves travelling around outdoors.

VG: Where is your favourite place to shop for clothes?

JL: Anywhere that sells John Varvatos. It’s my favorite line of clothing. In almost all
pictures, videos you’ve seen me in, I’m wearing tons of that stuff.

VG: What is your favourite food?

JL: It’s a tossup between Sushi and Mexican. There’s a place in Toronto called Playa
Cabana that I can’t get enough of. It’s dangerously good.

VG: Outside of music, what is one thing you dream of doing in the future?

JL:  Making a change for the betterment of people who otherwise couldn’t help themselves.

Thoughts on breaking into the business, your music, heartbreak and what it feels like to do what you do.

VG: How did you get discovered and ultimately signed for a record deal?

JL: It’s a long story, which started with a knack for picking apart songs and learning them on the piano and guitar at an early age. This led me to a career as a songwriter straight out of high school. I wrote for some local bands and wound up getting some of my music played on the radio. Fast forward through years of writing between Toronto, New York and Nashville, and eventually showcasing some of my songs at an acoustic cafe show in Toronto where Wax records had been in attendance. Years later I received a call that Wax had been keeping an eye on me and thought I was ready to make my first record. The rest, as they say, is history.

VG: Are you able to describe for our readers what it felt like the first time you stepped on stage in front of a large crowd and performed?

JL:  The first, and arguably the largest crowd I ever performed for was also one of my very first shows back in my high school band days. We played New Years Eve in Niagara Falls to nearly 20,000 people. I was so shocked and in awe of the entire experience that all I can really remember is stepping on stage, and stepping off. The entire thing happened so fast that all I recall is a sea of people, flashing lights, and all of a sudden it was over.

VG:  I understand that your single, Heart break Coverup, made it onto the Canada Singles Top 100 chart.  What do you think made this song so popular or stand out from other artists?

Heartbreak Coverup is definitely one of the more original songs on the new album. It has a killer hook, and the chorus is really SUNG. Not to take away from other artists but in pop music nowadays there is a lack of real singing out there. There has only been a handful of artists who really push their voices above and beyond what you normally hear. One great example is Bruno Mars. He really goes for it, and that was something I wanted to do this time around. Playing it safe gets boring…and in Heartbreak Coverup, right from the opening note, the song soars. People have short attention spans nowadays, so you gotta give them the goods fast.

VG: For me, the lyrics of Heartbreak Coverup really captures the feeling of sadness and despair when someone you love is no longer part of your life. What life experiences did you draw from when you co- wrote this song?

JL: Heartbreak is all about the wrong, but often necessary ways to TRY and get over
someone you’ve lost. I’ve had lots of experience there. You’re supposed to learn
from breakups, but so many of us seem to fall back into bad habits as a result of
those blinders that love and subsequent breakups can cause.

VG: What is the nicest thing a fan has ever done or said to you?

JL: I had one fan that had come out to a few shows when I was touring for the first album who had really connected with a charity I run called “The Big Picture Project”. It’s a cause I started after travelling to Kenya and helping build a school. “The Big Picture Project” focuses on spreading awareness about our ability to make changes in other people’s lives for next to nothing. Sometimes all it takes is getting the word out. This one particular girl started a micro business making bracelets and raised a bunch of money for the school in Africa. Her contribution alone made it possible to buy food and books for the children. It’s something that may have not been done directly for me, but I felt as though I’d really been able to reach someone, and as the cause focuses on, make a tangible change through this awareness.

VG: Do you think the internet has made it easier or more difficult for people to break into the industry?

JL:  Definitely easier. Social media is changing our business everyday. There are so many outlets to showcase yourself now and be heard. You could argue that with so many outlets and so many people it’s harder to be noticed, but people have an eye and ear for talent, and the real goods are always easier to spot. The so-called cream always rises to the top.

VG: Is there any advice you can give to artists who are trying to make it in the music industry? Don’t give up, and while you’re busy sticking to your dreams and continuing to believe in yourself, even when people tell you “no “, practice a lot. There are some people with innate talent, sure, but it takes those 10,000 hours to be a true professional at anything. Time and patience heal all wounds; they also make dreams come true.

Download Jesse’s new album at: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/jesse-labelle/id109532481