Nashville Singer/Songwriter Jasmin Bade Reflects on Quarantining in Her Native Australia

Donna Block
6 min readJun 19, 2020


Growing up in Melbourne. Read you knew at the age of 6 that you wanted to move to Nashville. Which artists and/or songs inspired this decision?

When I was six years old at a family Christmas, I heard Kasey Chambers’ album “The Captainfor the first time. I fell in love with it and became obsessed. I listened to her non-stop, as well as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Keith Urban and The Dixie Chicks. I found out that they all went to Nashville and they’d all sing about it and Tennessee. So I decided that’s where I had to go!

Midnight writing. Any new songs about the pandemic and how it has affected people all over the world?

Earlier on in the pandemic, I wrote with a close friend and co-writer of mine, Dana Perdue, about ‘the other side’. We’d both thought about how many of us had people we couldn’t see or be with anymore due to current circumstances resulting in us being separated, but how we knew there was light at the end of the tunnel.

As for midnight writing, I often get my song ideas when I’m alone with my thoughts and don’t have any external distractions. At the moment this happens to be at midnight; whereas before COVID-19 I’d often be playing a show at this time or maybe be with friends or hopefully sleeping… But my hours are completely out of whack now so sometimes at 12am I write half a song.

Saw you made edamame turkey bolognese. How’s the healthy cooking going during quarantine?

I love experimenting with cooking and baking, and having more time at the moment has allowed me to do this. We have some different ingredients here in Australia than in the US (only a little; mostly just less variety here to be honest) but it’s been fun seeing how