Jade

A Minnesota native, Jade, dove into the local music scene early on. Her first love was dance, which she brought to her middle school and Central High School’s Blackbox concerts. While studying journalism at the University of Kansas, she kept her Minnesota ties close as an intern for 2024 Records, while booking bands like Spoon and Sharon Jones to play at her university. Minnesota pulled her back after graduation and she worked promoting independent musicians to radio stations across the nation with Tinderbox Music. Starting at The Current as an overnight host in 2008, Jade continued her work to promote Minnesota artists by curating musical events around the cities, most notably the Summit Backyard Bash and Wing Young Huie’s University Avenue Project (where she dug into the Frogtown music scene and created a soundtrack to the art show and live event series). She organized and booked The Current’s Road Trip, a Legacy-funded project that showcased Minnesota artists around the state. That led her to work as the principal at Minnesota Music Coalition, taking it from an idea to a stable and functioning non-profit. She recently won a Knight Foundation grant to put together art-filled pop-up events in St. Paul.

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Music News: Musicians slam industry for poor support of mental health needs

A new study finds four-fifths of young musicians report mental health challenges, and the vast majority say the industry isn't doing enough to support artists in that respect. Also in the news today: Common describes childhood abuse, Rolling Stone rolls out charts to challenge Billboard, and Tinder is targeting festival-goers seeking connections. Plus, music history highlights involving Prince, Buffalo Springfield, and Tom Waits; new music from Jamila Woods, Charly Bliss, Mac DeMarco, and Mavis Staples; and Lizzo goes viral by wearing her Met Gala look to the airport. Bonus: In honor of Mother's Day, Virginia Grohl talks about being a rock star mom!

Mammut perform in The Current studio

Kata Mogensen, Asa Dyradottir, Alexandra Baldursdottir, and Arnar Petursson began playing music together as teenagers in Reykjavik. The band have already released four albums together as Mammut, reaching audiences from their home country of Iceland and abroad. The band visited The Current studio to perform songs from their latest album, 'Kinder Versions,' and to talk with Jade about connecting to U.S. audiences and finding inspiration for their songs.

Music News: Queen musical 'We Will Rock You' coming to America this year

Elvis Costello and Blondie announce a 2019 joint tour; Loretta Lynn celebrates her 87th birthday with a big Nashville bash; most hits are written by groups of people, not individual artists; Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers cheekily cover Oscar-winning song from 'A Star Is Born'; and a Queen musical that debuted in London in 2002 is coming to America later this year, buoyed by the popularity of 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'