DISCOVER ARTISTS THAT JOINED THE 10TH IMAS: The Jellybeans
Children’s music act TheJellybeans have joined The 10th Independent Music Awards.
Check out our youngest spotlighted artists yet!
HOMEBASE: Jersey City, NJ
GENRE: Children’s Music/ Pop
CATEGORIES ENTERED: Children’s Music Song, & Children’s Music Album
SONG SUBMITTED: “The Way Too Much Homework Blues”
ALBUM SUBMITTED: Back In School
ARTISTS FEATURED: Steve LoPresto (Guitar, Bass, Recording Engineer)
WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE JELLYBEANS?
Jan: Our group is made up of Michelle Belvin, Alyssa Brioso, Patrizia Bustria, Jan Cu (me), Erica Liao, Jacqueline Mabalo, Nina Marie Magdaraog, Jennifer Marbella, Marielle Navarro, Jennifer Valencia,and Karen Vallo. We are all students at Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Jersey City. Ten of us are in the seventh grade and Karen is in the eighth grade.
WHEN DID YOU ALL BEGIN SINGING TOGETHER?
Jan: We all started singing together when we were in the third grade, Karen in the fourth grade, in the children’s choir at OLM. We’ve been together ever since. Earlier this year, in sixth grade, we made a CD, just for fun. It’s been crazy going from ‘just for fun’ to being in the newspaper, being on a radio program, being interviewed for the IMAS and having a TV show asking to come to our school. I have no idea how that happened, but I know that it did because of working hard and using our talent. I’m proud to be a Jellybean!
WHO WRITES THE SONGS?
Marielle: Tony Coviello writes all of our songs. In the song ‘A Perfect Summer’s Day,’ Jennifer Marbella and I each have solo lines to begin the verses and we wrote some of those word as well as put in ideas for some of the other words. A lot of us helped with the words to ‘Back In School.’
WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BAND NAME?
Marielle: Well, Tony gave us that name because our group didn’t decide on one. We did think of one or two others, but they may have been a little too old sounding for kids. Kids like jellybeans and adults think it’s a cute name, plus we’re pretty colorful and loud.
DESCRIBE YOUR LATEST RELEASE.
Michelle: Our album, Back in School, is about our lives during the school year. It starts out with us being excited to see our friends again after summer, takes us through things that go on everyday and ends with us enjoying summer again.
DID YOU USE ANY UNUSUAL INSTRUMENTS OR EFFECTS?
Michelle: I don’t think any unusual instruments, but there is a sound that fades in on ‘A Perfect Summer’s Day’ that is supposed to be like the sun coming up on a beautiful day.
WHERE THERE ANY ‘HAPPY ACCIDENTS IN THE STUDIO?
Michelle: We don’t record in a studio. We do all our singing in church right where have our choir practices. That’s our studio. With this group there are always ‘happy accidents.’ In one of the songs, Marielle got stuck on the opening words and we all started laughing. Then every time we tried starting over, we’d all laugh again, but we got through it and used the laughing as a perfect ending to the CD. It was fun.
DID FANS HELP FUN THIS PROJECT?
Patrizia: No, Mr. Coviello paid to have this done because he wanted us to have some nice recordings of our songs. Early in the project, though, we decided to make this a fundraiser for our school, so that’s what we did. We sold the CD to raise money for our school. As we earn more money, we’ll put some of it towards making our next CD.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO THE 10TH IMAS?
Patrizia: Well, Mr. Coviello did that for us and explained what it was all about. We are definitely independent artists and would like people to hear what we do. It’s a great opportunity.
WHAT IS THE MOST FUN THING ABOUT YOUR GROUP?
Patrizia: The most fun is just that, singing with your friends as group. But, it’s more than just singing. It’s supporting and encouraging each other and being part of something special. No personal jokes, just a lot of fun.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT SINGING WITH YOUR FRIENDS?
Nina: Nothing really because it isn’t hard singing with people you’re comfortable being around. We all do our best and pull for each other, especially during the times when different girls have their solo parts. The better each of us is, the better the group will be.
WHERE DO YOU PERFORM?
Nina: We perform at our school. We have a big concert in March where a lot of other kids in the school also perform. We also sing at other times of the year when something special is happening. In December, we were guest performers in the St. Dominic Academy Glee Club’s Christmas concert. We sang our own original Christmas song there. We also sang at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at city hall in Jersey City.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT MUSIC THE MOST?
Nina: Music can describe how you feel, whether happy, sad or angry. Music expresses our emotions. What I love about our music is that it’s very upbeat and it is our music.
WHO IS SITTING IN YOUR AUDIENCE?
Karen: All of our families and friends as well as many other people from the community around Our Lady of Mercy. We get a pretty big crowd.
WHAT MAKES YOUR FANS UNIQUE?
Karen: Their ages are from pre-k to grandparents and they all love the music. The younger ones sing along or dance and the adults are always saying ‘good job guys or wow, you guys are good!’ The reaction from the audience makes our shows a success and I’ve noticed how people replay the songs over and over. Our fans are very supportive, especially our teachers.
WHAT’S YOUR CRAZIEST SHOW STORY?
Karen: A few years ago when I was in the fifth grade, we did this song that has a really cool ending. Mr. Coviello had us do it ‘doo wop’ style. We didn’t even know what that was, but we learned. I had to sing the lead and the group sang something else behind me. During the concert, I took the microphone out of the stand and walked down the center aisle into the audience and sang my part from there. People were clapping along and when we were done everyone was cheering. When I went back to school on Monday that was the part of the show everyone was talking about. It is a little crazy to walk into class and have your teacher and classmates clap for you. I can’t wait to record that song. It will be on the next CD.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUMENT?
Jacqueline: The piano, but I also like the violin.
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE?
Jacqueline: I admire the talents of all the girls in our group.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE?
Alyssa: Being in the Jersey Journal newspaper, being on Good Day New York and singing in concert with The Dominoes were all fun and memorable, but our biggest achievement, so far, has been getting our album onto Pandora Radio.
BEING SUCH YOUNG MUSICIANS, WHAT ARE YOUR OPINIONS OF POPULAR MUSIC TODAY VS. OLDIES?
Alyssa: I think they’re both cool. Some of the ‘oldies’ are fun to listen to, but I prefer the music today.
DO YOU HOPE TO PURSUE A CAREER IN MUSIC?
Alyssa: All of us aren’t sure yet what we want to be, but it must be fun having a job in music.
WHO ARE YOUR IDOLS?
Jennifer M: I really like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG SINGERS?
Jennifer M: Just keep singing like you do because you never know what can happen.
ARE THERE ANY SONGS YOU WISH YOU WROTE?
Jennifer M: I wish I wrote ‘American Dream’ and ‘Mine.’
NAME 3 INGREDIENTS FOR A KILLER SHOW.
Erica: Be well rehearsed, have good songs and an enthusiastic audience. Also, two other things we
have at all of our shows are smiles and fun.
WHAT ARTISTS DO YOU LISTEN TO THAT WOULD SURPRISE YOUR FANS?
Erica: A lot of us are listening to Korean artists, like G-Dragon.
WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL SHOW LINEUP TO SEE?
Erica: I’d love to see Katy Perry and Lady Gaga together in a show.
FINISH THIS SENTENCE: THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS… something you have to work hard for.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN THE WORKS?
Jennifer V: We’re almost finished with our second album and it should be out sometime in May. We have just a few more songs to record. This album will also be a fundraiser for our school and will have some of our best songs on it.
HOW CAN FANS FOLLOW YOU?
The Jellybeans have a fan page on Facebook. The CD is available on CD Baby. You can visit
us at www.jellybeansongs.com