The pop star life is not a paradise for everyone. Thanks to her powerful voice and sense of style, Jeriko was once fronting Jakaranda, a band signed to Mariah Carey's Crave label. After a couple of successful singles, it was clear Jeriko was worth more. Now she is able to release her latest five-song EP, available on iTunes. These tunes continue to establish a style entirely Jeriko's own, and acts as a tantalising preview of her album, due out in winter.
Jeriko has had a single, 'Gold', on a Disney soundtrack and she has gone top ten in the singles chart in Japan. The album is produced by Jeriko herself with the help of esteemed Swedish maestros The K-Bros, who were able to coax the very best out of their American prodigy.
Jeriko has said of the record: "It was very important for me to do an album that represented who I am and most importantly, something I was proud of. So, The K-Bros and I worked around the clock to create an album that would stand up to all of our expectations and taste. I'm a bit of a perfectionist so I always hear things that can be better but yes, I am satisfied with it. I think it'll appeal to people to teens all the way to people in their thirties. Inspiration came from life, relationships, and conversations - whatever strikes a chord."
From the age of three Jeriko knew that music was the path she was always going to take. The New Yorker was surrounded by a family of musicians and began performing in her early infancy. After graduation Jakaranda were formed, but soon it became clear to Jeriko this was not for her- "Even though most girls would love the idea of being in a successful pop group, I hated it! Lets just say that the sound did not represent me at all as an artist."
What does represent Jeriko as an artist is a lethal combination of riff-orientated seventies rock, direct melodies and lyrics of wit and heart. With the K-Bros, she has been able to make her dreams a reality. She cites as influences the likes of Patti Smith, Blondie and Sheryl Crow. Jeriko's songs have enjoyed plays on several radio stations - media coverage is sure to grow with this latest EP release, not to mention the forthcoming album. It's a matter of time before we see Jeriko in the mainstream of things.