Sometimes the best things in life are worth waiting for. Former member of the Pussycat Dolls J Sutta has been on a long journey to release her highly anticipated debut album and needless to say, it was worth the wait. The singer-songwriter released ‘I Say Yes’ on March 3rd which is made up of 15 diverse, high-energy dance-pop tracks that will surely get any party started and continue long into the night, but it’s much more than just a dance album.
As you listen to the album, it takes you on an emotional journey from song to song. You can feel the raw emotion in her voice as the lyrics are drawn from personal experiences of love, and fear but one which is relatable. It’s honesty in its purest form. Also, what impresses me the most about this album is variety and diversity from track to track. Many artists could easily settle on a sound, and call it their “signature sound”, but it’s clear to me that she took her time to experiment with different sounds and genres, making sure every song is perfect.
J Sutta on the feelings and emotions of the album:
“I think a broad spectrum of feelings can be experienced listening to the album. It certainly made me feel all kinds of feelings writing, performing and listening to it. The breakdown is always about love and fear but on the surface, each emotion is presented through unique experiences that bring about universal feelings.”
J Sutta on creating the album:
“It has honestly been an amazing journey! I will never take anyone's album for granted again, especially as an independent artist. It's not easy. I wanted to tell a story and have each track be a story within the main narrative of the album. Like chapters in a book that come together. The album is relatable to most who have gone through experiences in love, heartbreak, addiction and finally self-reflection and empowerment. We forget our worth when we are dependent on others and if we don't jump with both feet into the depths of love then we never really experience it in all of its glory so it's tricky to get it just right. The excitement of new relationships, the chemistry, the betrayal, joys, and pains are all pretty much covered here. I feel that every song is an honest reflection of things that I have felt so it is definitely a get to know me album. I spent countless hours with my manager selecting the order and the songs that made the final cut. We discussed the purpose of each and every lyric and more broadly, song too and ensured that it fit the story and objective I had landscaped in my mind when the concept of “I Say Yes” was initially birthed.”
After listening to the album several times, I'd have to say some of my favorite tracks are “Forever”, “Distortion”, “I Say Yes”, “Can't Take No More”, and “Shame”. I just really love the high-energy sounds from both “Forever” and “Distortion”. Both are tracks that I could easily see being played in the club or on a top 40 radio station.
J Sutta on her favorite tracks on the album:
Tough to choose one. I have favorites for various occasions and moods. I think almost every mood is covered. For me personally, ‘I Say Yes' feat Rico Love is so true to my own journey of unbroken will and unwavering determination. The rejections and dismissiveness that I have faced transitioning from Pussycat Doll to solo artist has sometimes been overwhelming. Even though it has gotten me down I refuse to stay there for long and know that I am representing my artistry in the best way I can and have faith that the doors I keep knocking on will eventually open or break! My fans are amazing at reminding me that we got this and that definitely is a huge motivation for me. ‘Sunday Island' is very meaningful too. It is about guilt, facing your personal demons, and acknowledgment of your own issues which is the first step towards recovering from or healing them.
Overall, I'm very impressed with the album as a whole, such high quality productions from start to finish. Her voice is absolutely beautiful as is she and if you are fortunate enough to know her personally, you know that she is one of the nicest people around. I higly recommend anyone and everyone to check this album out and be sure to support J Sutta on social media. Follow her below.