From busking on the streets of her hometown in Omaha, Nebraska, to wowing the audience at Harlem’s world- famous Apollo Theater, the singer-songwriter Jocelyn knows how to shine for a crowd. The 22- year-old musician, armed with her powerful voice, mesmerizing stage presence, rhythmic guitar playing, and tireless work ethic, puts the heart into Heartland, utilizing her natural talent and mature perspective to connect with listeners no matter what venue she plays. Jocelyn has captivated audiences around the world through her earnest music videos and performances and is soon to earn more fans with her ﬁrst single, “Speak Up.” And with more music on the way, she will be sure to win over fans of performers like Alessia Cara, Jason Mraz, and her hero, Ed Sheeran, as she brings her inimitable style to the masses.
Her ﬁrst single, the uplifting and infectious SPEAK UP, is about a personal bullying experience she endured and how she worked to overcome it. With its righteous chorus (“I’ll speak up so you can hear me/I’ll speak up ’cause it’s my life”) and catchy guitar work, driving bass, and bombastic beat, listeners can hear traces of her major inspirations—from Shawn Mendes and Gabrielle Aplin to Ben Howard, Bon Iver, and, naturally, Sheeran. Written during a session in Los Angeles with producer Denny White, the song came to Jocelyn like lightning and the pair had it ﬁnished in under an hour. SPEAK UP is about turning negativity into positive energy instead of letting the bullies drag you down,” she says. “It’s about realizing that you are your own individual, so speak up and live by example.”
That theme of self-empowerment carries across not only her new music but her entire life. Jocelyn has made her career possible by putting in the work required to ﬁnd her audience and grow her abilities. Finally, the time has come for her to spread her talents wide. “I want to sell records, sell out arenas, make great music for people to connect to, and inspire a movement of self-love,” she says, before adding with a laugh, “and, of course, to meet Ed Sheeran and write songs with him.” Until that day arrives, Jocelyn is prepared to speak up, sing loudly, and to keep putting in the work to perfect her craft.