Let’s face it: when Miley hopped off the plane at LAX, was she really that excited to be there, or was it all facade? Certainly everyone moving to Los Angeles must face some anxiety upon arrival, no?
Maybe I’m just really jaded, or maybe I’m absolutely correct in my analysis. And I think Hawai’i-raised, Los Angeles based newcomer Sydney Agudong, introducing herself under the stage name Jayne Doe, would agree with me. In her debut single “Welcome To Hollywood,” Agudong describes what it’s really like to try to make it big in the city of angels, and “what it means to put your health and heart out on the line without knowing what the future holds at any point in time…no one talks about the mental strength and sacrifice it takes to make a dream come true.” she explains in a press release.
Jayne Doe’s vocal tone feels wise beyond her years, featuring a grit reminiscent of artists like Pink and Lana Del Rey: and if you’re looking for a more age-appropriate reference? Olivia Rodrigo and even Dua Lipa in moments. The songwriting channels artists like Billie Eilish and Lorde, featuring a complex perspective on what it means to be a young woman attempting to make it big in a not-so-nice industry.
At just 10-years-old, Agudong was writing songs that were being played on local radio stations, singing in talent shows, and receiving awards including the 2010 Miss Hawaii Preteen. Since relocating to Los Angeles, she is in the process of developing an album.
“Welcome To Hollywood” is out now.
Listen on your preferred streaming platform here.