In this Emerging Headliner interview powered by JBL, Atlanta-based artist, Aryeè The Gem explains why being a self-confessed overthinker led to the biggest release of her career so far on her slinky R&B track, To It, which has seen her streaming and follower numbers soar.
Aryana Damesha Jackson is well aware she shares a first name with two of the most exciting pop and R&B stars on the scene, but with her slick R&B jam To It, Aryeè The Gem is letting the world know it’s her time to shine.
“People always ask me, ‘So what’s your name?’ I'm like, ‘My name is Ary or Aryana,’ and they go, ‘Oh, like Ariana Grande, or Ari Lennox!’” begins Jackson, who's a captivating combination of assertive and pensive during the conversation from her home in Atlanta, which in mid June, she says is already giving peak summer vibes. “That was always frustrating to me to explain to people: Yes, my name is Aryee, but you don't have to make that reference.”
If you’re wondering how ‘The Gem’ came to be incorporated into this rising star’s alias, she says it came to her after struggling to process the death of her grandfather at a time where she also found herself grappling to find a sense of identity.
“I was not in a good mental space,” she reflects, “and I felt a sense of disconnect from myself, but also, I was finding a new aspect of myself. This name came to mind, which was Gem Star, and I was like, ‘Okay, my name is Gem Star,’ and then one of my friends said, ‘The Gem!’. From there, Aryeè The Gem just made sense and I resonated with that.
“My energy has always been a rare type of vibe and people always tell me that I'm like no other, so it felt fitting,” she states by way of explanation. “Plus, I didn't want to run from my name. Aryeè The Gem is such a standalone name and it does separate me from the other Aris, so I took that and ran with it. It allows people to see that, yes, she is rare. She is a gem. She is something that you don't normally see often and very valuable. I like that,” she smiles.