Jack Davey: The Underground Queen of Rock

Jack Davey is striking, confident and clear on who she is. As one of half the electro-pop and punk band J*Davey, I imagine there’s no other way for her to be. But I’m wrong. Between her LA nook and my small space at a New York Starbucks, we chat about her growth into becoming the self-assured queen whose New Designer Drug we’re currently addicted to.

I first felt the punch of this electronic funk duo with 2008’s The Beauty in Distortion/The Land of the Lost and instantly when likened the outlandish sound to Prince. Fast forward, the free-spirited frontwoman, with the assist of producer and partner Brook D’Leau, has toured with the Purple Rain legend and championed a new age sound of pop-rock perfection. Successful, right? Jack, born Briana Cartwright, didn’t always think so. “I had this crazy idea of success and considering all the amazing things I’ve done in my career, I still didn’t see myself as successful,” she admits. “It was really strange.”

Thanks to baby Keane Tripper, the 30-year-old new mother has fully transformed from strange to solidified in her purpose for life. “I got the love, the baby and still have the career, and it’s grown,” she realizes. “It’s changed and gotten better. I just really had to settle into, into the reality of my success, instead of chasing something that didn’t exist.”

Jack tells Vixen of her partying ways of pre-baby past, shares some wisdom for young women and what the future holds for the Lady Tripper. Oh, and what can make your Instagram as cool as hers! –Niki McGloster

Photo Credit: Kwesi Abbensetts