We at SafeAuto know that 25 is a milestone age for drivers: it’s when people traditionally see their auto insurance rates drop. We also know that young adults have the capacity and tenacity to achieve many things long before they reach the age of 25. Like, say, writing and recording several songs. Appearing on American Idol. And even recording a song with John Mayer.
Those are just some of the things that Mike Jade has accomplished before age 25. And now, the Illinois native has thrown his hat into the ring for the SafeAuto "Do The Jingle" Contest.
Jade is an Israeli-born resident
Jade is an Israeli-born resident of Northbrook, Illinois, who has been a fixture in the Chicago music scene for quite some time. He has garnered acclaim from numerous songwriting publications and has won other music-related competitions and contests. One of his online bios describes Jade’s sound as "love child of Rob Thomas, the Killers, Prince, Maroon 5, and John Mayer." A proud recipient of the Jack Maher Songwriting Award, Jade’s most recent songs include "Drive Me Crazy," "Armor," "Sorry," Chameleon," "Invisible," and "Not You."
One of Jade’s career highlights was an appearance on Fox’s reality TV program American Idol this past season. Out of the thousands who auditioned for the show, Jade made it into the group of Top 40 contestants. He even earned praise from one of the show’s judges. Steven Tyler, the lead singer for rock band Aerosmith, said that he loved Jade’s sound. Jade has fond memories of his experience on Idol, though he admitted that he did get a little nervous performing in front of the show’s famous judges.
But perhaps Jade is most proud of his collaboration with Grammy-winning recording artist John Mayer. Jade was introduced to Mayer by an instructor at Berkley (where both men matriculated), and Mayer decided to record the song "Chicago" with Jade. As you can imagine, Jade has called the experience "priceless" and notes that he learned a great deal from his short time with Mayer.
However, Jade does more than just write songs and entertain crowds. He utilizes his musical talents to help mentally and socially disabled teenagers by working as a music therapist and teacher. Jade began working with these teens in his school and continues to enjoy the experience. He is amazed by the unconditional friendship and "genuine contentment" that the kids exhibit.
He has certainly compiled a lengthy list of achievements, and we at SafeAuto are honored to have him in our competition. We wish Mike Jade the best of luck as he vies for votes in the "Do the Jingle" Contest. [Vote for him here.]