With a newly released single, a makeup brand and more Instagram followers than the population of the Gold Coast, Jean Watts is what you would call a multi-tasker. Her latest single BLOW was released in April and has generated almost two and a half more listeners on Spotify than her first single Spirit Animal that came out late last year.
Boasting poppy vibes and catchy tunes, BLOW would be right at home on the airwaves of x commercial radio stations.
Jean Watts is destined for variety moulded by her inspirations.
“Sometimes I think of an arena when I write songs (sic) which gets me hyped. If I’m sad or heartbroken, I reflect on what I’m going through and make it into a piece of music. Or when I pay attention to what people are going through or what is happening in the world, I get inspired to write an inspirational song.”
American born and bred, music has been a constant in the 23-year-old’s life, starting young she could write music and play the guitar by the age of 13. The rising star started a Youtube channel in 2013 where she began posting covers for fun before starting fresh with her new releases.
“I started professionally working with producers when I graduated from high school and also moved to LA for music.”
Despite working on her music career from a young age, Jean found herself pursuing other alternatives after getting caught up in a messy music contract that forced her to take a step away from publishing music. During this time Jean channelled her creative energy into makeup brand Volt Cosmetics.
“I was always music first, with also a love for makeup. Makeup was just easy to get going first. It started when I was signed to a crazy music contract, and it took over a year to get out of. So even though I was working on my music, I couldn’t post anything because it had to be under wraps until the contract passed. So now I am in a transitioning period of people knowing me for my music and not makeup.”
There’s no doubt the over achiever has her favourite when it comes to her hobbies.
“Music is a universal language. It puts you in a state of mind; it’s a soundtrack to your life and what you’re going through. It creates vibes in rooms and helps express how you’re feeling even when you can’t.”
Although Jean does not limit herself to music when it comes to expression, with role models like Beyonce, JLo and Oprah it’s no wonder the Jean has such a strong sense of justice.
Standing strong like her idols Jean can be regularly seen on Twitter vocalising her stance on animal rights, police brutality and feminist issues.
“I find a responsibility on using a platform and speaking out on the things that happen in this world. Drives me crazy when people who have massive platforms stay out of real issues and only post about themselves.”
Ironically Jean originally feared that standing up for her beliefs would lose her fans, but it appears it has had the opposite effect. Her public relations team still may fear her fast thinking typing, but her fans are eager to see what is next.
Amongst Jean’s humanitarian views and music plugs are her fans reaching out. Although not all communication is one way with Jean taking the time to respond to a lot of her fans.
Jean has a down to earth approach to her social media fame (although she refuses to see it like that). Offering more than the common picture-perfect Instagram girl façade, Jean promotes the need for self-love and achieving your best self which is something the bombshell admits she struggled with.
“LOVE YOURSELF! It took a very long time to do that. I came from a mentally and physically abusive childhood and later relationships. It was extremely hard to love myself. And even if you start to, the internet won’t let you take a bad picture or gain weight without people tearing you apart, but I’ve learned to find my true SELF.”
But just when you thought music, makeup and social media would keep her busy, think again. We have a sneaking suspicion that we could be seeing Jean on the big screen (or at least little ones) soon telling us she’s taken up acting on the down low. She might also be adding traveller to her list of multitasking with Australia in her sights.