Feb 4, 2022
Jade Simmons is the fabulous guest we have today on this episode of dHarmic Evolution, this is going to be so inspiring! She is a creator of transformational experiences designed to activate audiences into becoming the biggest, boldest version of themselves possible. Ladies and gentleman, you better strap up your seatbelts because we're taking a ride today with Jade Simmons!
Jade Simmons is a world-class concert artist who has been called a “musical force of nature” (Yamaha Music) with an “uncanny ability to connect with the sounds of today” (Seattle Times). Jade is the CEO of Jade Media Global, a revolutionary live experience and global content distribution company specializing in 360º personal development and strategic transformation.
During her early career after graduating from Northwestern and Rice Universities, she performed in recital and with orchestra as a classical pianist in renowned halls, including the hallowed ones of the White House and the US Supreme Court. Following an artistic epiphany, she pivoted from playing the piano to impress audiences, to using music as the vehicle by which to provide the inspiration, entertainment, and transformation that profoundly moves them instead.
Nicknamed “Classical Music’s #1 Maverick,” her electrifying, genre-bending concert adventures span Rachmaninoff all the way to rap and include virtuoso storytelling, uncommon insights, and boundless inspiration. Today, Jade’s experiences not only delight concert audiences, but her dazzling, high-impact presentations are fast becoming the go-to fuel for organizations looking to reconnect their people to greater purpose, inspire seismic shifts in mindset, and activate their teams and leaders to instantly start living more consequential lives of impact.
Recently named one of the Best Keynote Speakers of 2019 and 2020, Jade’s impact spans a multitude of industries and transcends audience demographics. The world’s superlative brands and organizations from financial services, biotech, entertainment, education, energy and beyond are bringing Jade in. The born storyteller is also a stellar mindset strategist fluent in the language of high achievers .
In her inimitable career as a concert pianist, Jade has remained committed to expanding the boundaries of Classical music and its presentation, and as a result she has revolutionized the concert platform. Today, her notably diverse audiences have come to expect creative projects backed by riveting performances.
Ms. Simmons has toured the US extensively in recital and with orchestra, highlighted by performances at venues as wide-ranging as Ravinia, the Chicago Sinfonietta in Symphony Hall, New York's Town Hall, Detroit Institute of Arts, and the White House. She has been named one of the Best of South By Southwest and has also received the Sphinx Organization's Medal of Excellence in a concert held at the US Supreme Court and hosted by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Often the first, the founder, or at the forefront, Jade was the first New Music/New Places fellow for the prestigious Concert Artist Guild, and she was the original face of the legendary Van Cliburn International Piano competition’s webcast. She’s also the beloved voice of Decomposed, the critically-acclaimed American Public Media podcast that turned classic music storytelling on its head. The show has been heralded in Time, Esquire, Indie Wire, and BBC America .
Simmons continues to make an unexpected impact on and away from the stage. As an ordained minister and author, she challenges us to pray bigger with the best-selling Audacious Prayers for World Changers. An equal-opportunity disrupter, in 2020, the Maverick made her boldest leap yet as founder of Operation Restoration, which powered her run as an Independent candidate for President of the United States. Her platforms prioritize people and unifying policies over politics as usual.
Let’s give Jade Simmons a warm dHarmic evolution welcome, as we learn more about her audacious journey from being pianist to her run for the Presidency. Her life stories, her music, her words of wisdom will truly move you, and you definitely should share this with your friends and family as well. Let this be an inspiration of what greater things everyone can achieve!
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“It's not an easy path to pick. But that's the wonder of childhood – is you don't know any better. And my parents, I'm still blessed to have them both, and the way that they've raised me and my sister has been that we really do believe we can do anything that we put our mind to.”
“I started very early, being able to combine my love of other things outside of music, with music and with speaking and that sort of started helping me really differentiate from other concert artists.”
“As a musician, you hope for the standing O. So, to me, I didn't know it was a big deal to get the standing O, until it started showing up in the first speaker we've ever had that had a standing ovation. So then I started, “Why are people really standing up?” And my goal has become, “I don't want you to stand up just because you thought what I just did was awesome.” That's one level of standing ovation. The deepest level of standing O for me is when people stand up because they feel awesome. Something in them has activated, has switched on.”
“You're never not a minister. You’re just never not and, I am literally an ordained minister, my Christian faith is extremely important to me, it is 90% of who I am, as a person and forms everything, it's my compass.”
“Your purpose is not the thing you do, your purpose is what happens in others when you do what you do.” And then I realized the piano was only one vehicle in which I got to ride out my purpose. What purpose was – was what was happening in that audience, the fact that they were seeing the creative side of themselves are feeling activated to go after something – that was purpose. And I realized, “Oh, my purpose personally, Jade's purpose, is to activate people into becoming a bigger, bolder version themselves, the one that I believe God created them to be. “
01:12 Introducing Jade Simmons
03:15 How did being a concert pianist come into Jade’s world?
04:53 Jade tells about how blessed she is with her parents.
08:20 When was the first time Jade told herself that she’s going to be on stages?
11:51 Jade shares how it all worked out for her on choosing her market and where she fits in.
13:32 The genesis of Jade’s discovery of how she can combine music and the other things she loves.
18:19Listen to “The Flight” by Jade Simmons
23:07 How Jade created “The Flight” with different remixes.
24:51 How does Jade Simmons balance practice with all the other things she does?
25:52 The story behind how Jade started and went about doing motivational speaking?
31:42 Does Jade Simmons get to choose her own piano? What’s her instrument of choice?
32:53 How did Jade pitch her first engagements and how is she doing it now that she has a team?
38:30 Jade shares about how she plugs in the ministry in the realm of everything she is doing.
43:05 All about Jade Simmons best-selling book, “Audacious Prayers for World Changers.”
47:55 Jade’s records and how was her experience running for the Presidency in 2020.
54:28 A wisdom to share for the up and coming musicians, singer, songwriters from Jade Simmons
1:00:25 Listen to “Ride On” by James Kevin O’Connor
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