Jade Lea

Jade Lea

BandPopRock

Jade blends upbeat, driving rock with the groove of funk, unpredictability of jazz, emotion of soul, storytelling of folk, all from a pop point of view. Their live show connects the crowd with their energy and skill, while their catchy sound and well written hooks make them unforgettable.

Biography

Jade Lea was formed with the idea that music creates community and that good music has the mysterious power to create connections where everything else has failed to create them.

Jade Lea began in the fall of 2005 when Keith Rollins (The Troubadours, Steve Robinson and the Foundation), began playing and singing around central Iowa with nothing but his acoustic guitar. Dale Noh (bass) joined not long afterward being immediately drawn into the the subtle funk/soul roots of Keith's music.

After a few lineup changes, Jon (drums) joined in December of 2007 having worked with Keith on a few previous projects. An accomplished jazz musician, Jon added the needed pulse of the band, linking the guitar and bass.

Jade Lea's sound is unlike any other band's in Central Iowa as it's not easily categorized. Without many bands attempting Alternative Pop Rock, Jade Lea's live shows work off of the principle of music as an escape, and an excuse to have a good time. With blues rock roots along the lines of Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughn, to the infectious pop rock stylings of the Counting Crows--from a tight pop a la Goo Goo Dolls, to the loose jam of Dave Matthews Band, this trio continues to find new ways to use their flexible style and mass appeal to their advantage.

Having released two EP's, and a full length album in the works, Jade Lea continues to get a thrill out of showing a different side of central Iowa's music scene.

Lyrics

So Cold

Written By: copyright 2002 Keith Rollins

cold winter nights
snowflakes glitter under streetlights
strange, calloused cold
not knowing when i began to feel so old

walking home
knowing full well i have no place to go
the biting cold...
permeating to frost over my skin

it's so hard to imagine that summer
when i'm frozen inside that winter
i don't know if i can stand this weather
so cold
that my heart begins to splinter

playground swings
empty class rooms
stark bare hallways

the climbing tree
only a parking lot
where he used to sleep

listless i sleep
not knowing what or who i will be
my useless memories
the sunlight sets on
all my childhood dreams

it's so hard to imagine that summer
when i'm frozen inside, can't even move to hide from winter
i don't know the why, the where, the how... all i know is i need to get out
because inside, my porcelain heart, it splinters

your hands and eyes
peel through my disguise
your words, the sun
help me to become
warm winter lights
in a world of night

Just Hold it Inside

Written By: D. Keith Rollins 2003

counting mistakes
as blades of grass
how high were the stakes, anyway
we forgot to ask

the game was hearts
we only dealt one hand
played ours and lost
forced to fold again

just hold it inside
keep your lips locked tight
though it burns like a fire
you've got to make this right

counting the questions
tearing them off the wall
searching for answers
will we find them all?

seeing the stitches
where we fell apart
unravelled unsubmission
how you broke my heart

and just hold it inside
keep your lips locked tight
though you're breaking inside
you've got to make this right

and darling now's not the time
to say what's on your mind
though it burns like a fire
you've got to make this right

Starlight

Written By: D. Keith Rollins 2003

Star light
Star bright
The stars that light
In my eyes tonight

I wish I may
I wish I might
Keep your kiss
As my wish tonight

Breath that dances out my mouth
In cold clouds, curl around your hair
Beauty creates the fall night air
Out of every whispered word between us

I watch you watch me smile
You can’t help but ask me why

“every word I say
frosts upon your eyelashes
and you blink them away
as easily as tears”

velvet sky
violet eyes
my clockwork heart
keeping time

a moment here
can bend the earth
inside out
for what it's worth

You watch me watch you smile
I can’t help but ask you why

“every word I say
frosts upon your eyelashes
and you blink them away
as easily as tears”

Discography

Jade Lea (self-titled, 2007)

Tracks:

1) Starlight
2) Rock the Night
3) Get Away
4) Chasing the Sun

Seconds (2007)

1) Just Hold It Inside
2) Little Sunshine
3) Two Shots

"Just Hold it Inside" is our current single rotated on KCCQ's "The Garage". It is also on a few different compilations rotating in the country.

Set List

A typical set looks like:

Getaway
Starlight
Someone Else
Don't Go
Here's to the Weekend
Two Shots
So Cold
Dayside

Covers:
Sunday Morning (Maroon 5)
Breathe the Earth (original)
Flake (Jack Johnson)
If You Could Only See (Tonic)
Save Tonight (Eagle-Eye Cherry)