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Aerion Jackson Searches Through The “Empty Spaces”


Aerion Jackson, an American R&B singer-songwriter from Memphis, TN, has recently released her new single, "Empty Spaces." Her passion for music was sparked at a young age when she began studying influential artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and Sam Cooke.


After earning her degree in music from MTSU, Aerion decided to further her career while living in Nashville, Music City. She considers herself a soul singer first and foremost, and her smooth and sultry vocals reflect her diverse training in R&B, Neo-Soul, Jazz, Classical Music, Opera, Funk, and more. As a songwriter, she writes from her experiences of past love and heartbreak. Her ability to connect listeners from different generations and cultural backgrounds drives her as an artist.


Aerion's latest release, "Empty Spaces," reflects her emotions and the closure she sought after a failed relationship. The song speaks to anyone who has experienced heartbreak and has found themselves trying to make a relationship work, despite knowing it's not meant to be. In "Empty Spaces," Aerion brings an upbeat R&B spin that transforms the usual melancholic ballad into a catchy and danceable track. The song's melody includes elements of jazz, which is not surprising, given Aerion's background in the genre.


Teaming up with producer Brian Nathan, Aerion brought her lyrics to life. The production highlights her smooth and sultry voice and is complete with heavy background vocals, a hallmark of any R&B song. In addition, the writing process for "Empty Spaces" was heavily influenced by Pharcyde's "Runnin'" and Mya's "Fallen," both of which sample Stan Getz and Luiz Bonfá's "Saudade Vem Correndo." Aerion's admiration for these two tracks is evident in the way she blends jazz elements into the R&B sound of the song.


As an artist, Aerion's goal is to connect with listeners through her music, and she has achieved this with "Empty Spaces." The song is relatable yet unique in its own way. Aerion's smooth and sultry vocals transport the listener to a place where they can experience the emotions she conveys in the song. The lyrics are heartfelt and authentic, giving a glimpse into Aerion's experiences.


In conclusion, Aerion Jackson's "Empty Spaces" is a soulful R&B track that is both catchy and relatable. Aerion's unique blend of jazz elements and R&B production gives the song a fresh sound that sets it apart from other ballads on the same subject. In addition, her smooth and sultry voice is the perfect vehicle to convey the emotions and experiences she has put into the song. Overall, "Empty Spaces" is a testament to Aerion Jackson's talent as an artist and songwriter, and it leaves us eager to see what she has in store for the future.



Welcome to BuzzMusic Aerion Jackson, and congratulations on your latest release, "Empty Spaces." What inspired you to write "Empty Spaces," and how did you blend the jazz elements into the R&B sound of the song?

I wrote “Empty Spaces” to express my feelings and find closure within a failing relationship. We can all relate to falling in love, trying to make a relationship work, then searching and waiting on the love that was lost to return. We can all relate to having many reasons to leave a bad relationship but not knowing why we decide to stick around. While we’ve all heard a ballad on this subject, I thought it would be cool to bring an upbeat R&B spin that will have listeners dancing instead of crying over heartbreak. I wanted the song to be still relevant to today's Contemporary style, so I teamed up with producer Brian Nathan to incorporate that R&B sound with the claps and heavy background vocals. I also love the bass instrument from singing Jazz standards, so I had my good friend Allen Whaley add live bass guitar to the song.


In "Empty Spaces," you sing about seeking closure in a failing relationship. What message do you hope listeners take away from the song?


After listening to my song, I hope listeners will acknowledge and be aware of the red flags in a failing relationship and understand that “Empty Spaces” will never produce good fruit. In other words, if a relationship isn’t mutually beneficial, you can write a song about it but must leave. Like in the chorus, “I don’t know why I stay, but I know why I should go,” we often try to blind ourselves from the truth in hopes that a person will change, but we end up cutting ourselves short in the process.


As a singer rooted in Jazz, how do you think your background in the genre influenced how you approached writing and producing "Empty Spaces?"


The writing process started after listening to “Runnin’” by Pharcyde and “Fallen” by Mya; both sampled Stan Getz and Luiz Bonfá's "Saudade Vem Correndo.” As a singer rooted in Jazz, the melody of the song needed to include syncopation and rhythmic nuances. I usually come up with the melody to a song first before writing lyrics, and I usually like it to move. In this song, I envisioned a guitar and sang my melody.


"Empty Spaces" is an upbeat R&B track that transforms the usual melancholic ballad into a danceable tune. What made you decide to take this approach with the song?


I felt like there were enough heartbreak ballads, and wanted to do something different. While getting your heart broken can be sad, it doesn’t have to be heavy. I try to go through life acknowledging my issues or problems but not letting them define me. Life goes on, and it keeps moving like “Empty Spaces,” so why not dance or have fun?

You've mentioned your desire to connect with listeners from different generations and cultural backgrounds. How do you plan to achieve this goal through your music in the future?


My passion for music started from listening to a person sing “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman in the first grade. Then my mother introduced me to Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and Nora Jones. My father introduced me to Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and artists in the realm of Neo Soul. As a teen, I was introduced to Classical music and more Memphis Soul artists. Upon receiving my degree in music, I sang it all, including Opera and Jazz. I have been fortunate enough to be a student surrounded by such great artistry from different genres and backgrounds. Therefore, I feel like it would be a disservice if, as an artist, I didn’t create music using all of these elements. As a songwriter, I write about my life and stories from others. Sometimes the genre style is R&B, and others are country or blues. As I continue to evolve as an artist and create more music, I plan to connect with my listeners by being authentically myself and not restricting myself to one genre or style.



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