In part one of our conversation, Hip Latina spoke to Eli Jas about making the bold move to focus all her energies on making music. In the last part of our chat with Ms. Jas, we talked about the music that most inspired her as a developing singer, and where she sees her career going in the next few years. We hope you enjoy reading the conversation as much as we enjoyed having it.
Hip Latina: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Eli Jas: Brian McKnight is one of my favorites—the range in his voice is crazy, and I hear it in my head every day. I trained my voice by listening to him and Mary J. Blige and Christina Aguilera. I think Jenni Rivera really shows her strength in her voice, and of course I love Selena. All of these voices express themselves in a beautiful, strong way.
HL: Do you have a favorite album?
EJ: That’s hard, but I do have favorite songs. “Wrong Side of a Love Song” by Melanie Fiona and from Selena, “Como La Flor.” It’s a classic and it will always remain a classic.
HL: Where would you like to be in five years?
EJ: In five years I would like to not only be a music artist, but be an entrepreneur, be a business person. I also want to open up lines of clothing, and I also make jewelry too—I want to put all my talents together and work with other people. I love fashion and beauty, and I’m going to start releasing videos on those subjects.
HL: What are your favorite social platforms for connecting with other artists or connecting with your fans?
EJ: I love them all, but we all have favorites. For me, it’s Instagram and Facebook. I love posting things from other people on Facebook. I love spreading positivity on social platforms.
HL: Well thanks so much for speaking to us! Have a great rest of your week.
EJ: You too!
To follow Eli Jas on Instagram, click here. For Facebook, here’s the link. And for more of her music, visit Jas’ SoundCloud page. And as a special treat, Here is a hand-crafted playlist inspired by Jas’ musical influences—with a couple of her tracks thrown in, of course.