Yet Jeen is no stranger to the spotlight. Shortly after graduating from Concordia, she joined Akasha, an international pop cover band. For five years they toured from Malaysia to Morocco, and recorded original songs under the name A.K.A. Their song “Hot For Me” was picked up by Ubisoft for its Just Dance 4 video game.
After Akasha disbanded amicably, Jeen worked in marketing, and met Shawn Côté who is now her manager. With his encouragement, she started to explore a solo career, doing a few local gigs and collaborating online abroad, developing her sound.
“I kept trying and trying, it was frustrating,” Jeen says. “But each time I thought, ‘This isn’t me,’ it made me clearer on what was me.”
Jeen and Côté decided to go to Europe, where they believed people are more open to new forms of music. There, working with connections made from her touring days, she refined her style. “When we got back, I knew my voice,” she says.
Long way from home
Jeen started to perform at age 10 with her mom, a nurse who sang in local clubs on weekends in their small hometown of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Que. Jeen took her stage name from her mom’s family name, Jean.