The music of a Halifax singer-songwriter has officially hit the small screen – in the new season of the HBO hit Euphoria.
18-year-old Jody Upshaw has performed throughout Atlantic Canada and worked with some of Canada’s most experienced and talented artists, including Classified and Owen (O’Sound) Lee.
The R&B and pop artist has been nominated for several East Coast Music Association awards and has been recognized by the African Nova Scotian Music Association.
His song good shooter was played in the first episode of the EuphoriaThe second season of , which premiered on Sunday and stars actress Zendaya.
The first episode also featured a song by Thrillah, a musician from Dartmouth.
In the popular but somewhat controversial teen drama, Zendaya plays Rue, a teenager struggling with addiction, relationships, and her mental health.
Jeff Douglas, CBC Radio host Main Street, spoke to Upshaw on Friday to learn more about this exciting opportunity.
Listen to the song and the full interview with Upshaw here:
NS Main Street9:33Halifax singer-songwriter Jody Upshaw on what it’s like to be featured on HBO’s hit Euphoria
First of all, did you know your song good shooter was going to be featured on that great HBO show?
Well, that’s pretty funny. I got an email about this a few months ago from Melissa McMaster and she was just asking for information, and she mentioned Euphoria, and I know her from other business experiences and other people in the industry like Quake Matthews.
But you know, when you get something like that, you’re not sure it’s actually going to happen. I thought it was probably a shot in the dark, and honestly, I kind of forgot about it because I wasn’t really expecting it.
I was definitely surprised that night [it aired]. I was literally taking a nap and then woke up to so many missed notifications from everyone saying, “Am I crazy or is your song on Euphoria?” so that was really great.
Do you watch the show?
Yeah. I wasn’t watching the season two premiere, but I watched season one and obviously Zendaya – I grew up watching Zendaya on the Disney Channel – and I’m still so inspired by her, so honestly, that was so incredible.
What was it like hearing your song when you went back and watched it?
I think it’s actually good for me too, because I used to focus on looking good growing up. I started making music at such a young age and I was talking to young people and I was just this very young, innocent little pop singer, so packaging my music like that was really important.
But now it’s really important for me to get into what’s about me right now and be true to who I am and to that kind of audience.
So I think that was actually a perfect placement for me because the show is quite mature and for a different audience so it’s nice to really tap into that and that kind of leads me to where I want to take my music.
Where in the episode was the song played?
It’s in the bonfire scene and it’s just in the background of the scene but it was cool because when you look you can see Zendaya’s face all over the screen and I can hear my song in the background, so that was awesome.
What’s something newer than 2018 that you’d like to showcase? Main Street listeners?
My latest single — I released it last November — it’s called Wrong, and this one is also produced by Classified and I worked on it with O’Sound also.