The Jardines Band


The Jardines, with their “go big or go home” attitude, is an 7 piece contemporary country pop/roots act fronted by mother/daughter songwriting duo Cherelle and Ajaye Jardine. Their story has a fairy tale start, but would soon evolve into the reality of a 7 piece band with 2 albums in 2 years:

Cherelle was getting ready to record her 5th solo cd when she casually asked Ajaye, (a budding singer/songwriter), if she would like to create a project together – a mother/daughter band called The Jardines.  At an age when most teenagers would balk at joining forces with one of their parents, Ajaye said yes… and the Jardines concept was a reality, songs were composed and Canada’s hottest mother/daughter act was born, yielding a delicious mixture of street smarts and innocence. Their life experiences are meshed together, giving fans an ageless body of work to fall in love with.

They’re not just another band making music; The Jardines are a band that lives to create and play music.   It’s far more than the vocal blends or the heartfelt songwriting; their core foundation is built on love, respect and belief in their music and each other.

Adding their unique stamp to Cherelle and Ajaye’s songs is a pool of talented musicians including Marc Gladstone – keys/vocals (Prism, Doug and the Slugs, Abandon Paris), Michael Flunkert – steel guitars (Shiloh Lindsay), Doug Liddle – electric guitars (Cloudsplitter, Swank),  Ricky Francisco –mandolin/vocals/guitar/harmonica/fiddle (Cherelle Jardine, Cam Dempsey, Ruckus), Jay Wittur – bass/vocals (Doug and the Slugs, Ken McCoy), and Nick James (Magnus Rising) all putting the icing on the cake.

The first album, “The Jardines”, included a cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown” which got the attention of Gordon himself. Gordon’s publishing company called Cherelle and told her that Gordon loved the rendition and the cd. The self titled album was released at their performance for the 2010 Olympic Ozone opening ceremonies in Richmond, BC. Cherelle was chosen as Richmond’s representative for CTV’s “Do you believe” commercials, which were televised across the country 15 plus times a day, promoting the Ozone and the Jardines’ performance.

“The Jardines” was well received… “a raw and refined approach with deep rooted emotion by Cherelle’s songs and a pop friendly, innocent youthful spirit with Ajaye’s songs” Jimmy Rae (Skope Magazine).  A flurry of live shows followed, building a local buzz.  That summer, The Jardines played at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival along with Aaron Pritchett, Dierks Bentley and Vince Gill.

Recording for the 2nd cd, “Someone’s Stolen Tuesday” was underway in 2011, at the Sound Lounge in Vancouver. Produced by Cherelle and Marc Gladstone,  The band left the alternative musical stylings of “The Jardines” behind and crossed over into the country pop arena with “Someone’s Stolen Tuesday”.   “SST” tracks were flown to Alberta to have Juno Award winning recording engineer, Sheldon Zaharko from Zed Productions mix the album, which was then mastered by Sensei.

Cherelle and Ajaye went to Nashville in November 2013 to start writing for the next recording project. They wrote with Jane Bach, Darryl and LeeAnn Burgess. The songs that were born in Nashville will be included in their 3rd project. The girls head back down south to Nashville, late 2014 to start recording.