By Eric Alper.
On the acoustic remix version of her beloved single “Dreamin’,” Vancouver, BC-based pop singer Jessica Chaz mixes soulful R&B with reflective, introspective guitar to create an ultimately hopeful message about the power of dreams and imagination.
What are you hoping for every night
Come on it’s time they say, it’s time to start a real life
But how do they know, what’s in sight, what is right
This ain’t a dream no more, this is my life
Even though the narrator feels discouraged, the song shifts in perspective when Chaz begins to sing, “I’ll keep working every day, oh/ I’ll keep hoping for a break, oh,” paying tribute to the power of faith beyond what’s in view right now.
Originally released in 2018, the original version of “Dreamin’” has racked up 80K views on YouTube. Chaz believes the message is relevant now more than ever, as we grapple with a “new normal” post-pandemic.
"When we first released ‘Dreamin’, that song specifically is about hope and faith that things that we dream for, hope for, and wish for are possible,” she said. “I think now more than ever – after what we all experienced globally – we need to believe that the seemingly unreachable dreams we have are necessary, and that they can come true.”
This acoustic version of “Dreamin’” is one of five new versions on Chaz’s newly released Dreamin’ (Remixes) EP. "Dreamin' (Remixes) was a musical adventure,” she said. “I had the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people who supported me in trying new ideas and challenging ourselves to create these five different remixes in a short amount of time.”
“We are thankful, and we hope that with these remixes it can be a reminder to you, that even in 2023, you can hope and dream and it is possible it will become a reality in time," she adds.
Dynamite singer-songwriter Jessica Chaz is a performing artist with a unique vocal talent. Chaz grew up in Durban, South Africa, where her passion for music started out. It began when she would harmonize as a child with almost any song she heard. Putting other goals ahead of her true musical passions, it took a few curveballs for Chaz to realize that being a musician was what she was meant to do. She performed with her band Seasons at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and she finished her Bachelors in Music in 2011.
Shortly after entering the Canadian music scene, she was a featured as an artist to watch at the 2014 MIX Showcase in Vancouver. In 2019, she performed at the Canadian Music Week Festival in Toronto, Canada. The acoustic version of her 2015 release “Cali” reached more than 97K views on YouTube and she released her debut EP Dreamin’, a story of searching, shortly thereafter. The music video for "Dreamin" has reached over 80K views on YouTube.
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