Paulina Jayne: Detroit’s Rising Country Star
Once you hear her sing one of her original songs, it’s easy to forget that Paulina Jayne is only 18 and a high school senior. But the minute she steps on the stage with her 100-watt smile, she becomes the consummate professional.
Jayne began taking piano lessons when she was 6 years old and wrote her first song when she was only 9. She has now written over 200 songs in several different genres — although she’s most comfortable with country music, which is what brought her into the national spotlight. She has performed nationwide and has shared the bill with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Ty Stone.
When she opened for Sheryl Crow at the DTE Music Theatre in 2012, Jayne caught the attention of the Capstone Film Class from Madonna University and their executive producer, Jennifer Champagne. They produced her first music video, which was released Thanksgiving Eve at the Magic Bag in Ferndale.
That night, during a break, one of her neighbors said that Paulina’s piano playing of classical music first made her weep when the girl was only 12 years old. The woman admitted that the weeping is mostly in the past, but she did say that she always gets a lump in her throat when she sees how well her young neighbor performs.
Jayne’s much anticipated EP was released at the end of her junior year at the Shelter at St. Andrews Hall. The EP features many world-class musicians who have performed with the likes of Kid Rock, Aerosmith, Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The preliminary talk in the industry indicates continued success. Jayne has recently been invited to audition for NBC’s The Voice.
Jayne has managed to keep a perfect 4.0 GPA while juggling her musical career along with typical teenage activities. She served as captain of her junior varsity basketball team and was ecstatic when she was elected to the homecoming court; she was also selected for the National Honor Society and named “Most Likely to Succeed.” She has been accepted to Belmont University in Nashville, where she’ll major in music business next fall.