Versatile contemporary R&B singer and songwriter Lindsay Fields combines her love of both music and acting under the alias Jade Novah. After working as a backup singer and a songwriter-for-hire, she made her recording debut as Novah with the Shades of Jade mixtape in 2012. Novah is also known for her musical sketch comedy videos and her fully produced cover videos, including a version of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” that got over ten million views on YouTube.
This Is Not a Test! Born Lindsay Fields in Cleveland, Ohio, Novah was influenced by her father’s love of rock music and her mother’s affection for musical theater. She sang in church from a young age, eventually moving on to female vocal groups. After a random meeting, Missy Elliott flew her to Miami to sing backup on her 2003 album This Is Not a Test! Later, Fields earned a spot as a backing singer on tour for the Tyler Perry show Madea’s Big Happy Family. Deciding to focus on songwriting, she began attending writing camps while networking as a songwriter in New York and L.A. She eventually landed a publishing deal, and wrote songs for the likes of Mya, Melanie Fiona, and Christina Milian as part of the writing group the PenUp Dolls.
Fields returned to singing in 2012, and adopted the pseudonym Jade Novah before releasing the Shades of Jade mixtape later that year. In the meantime, she garnered attention on YouTube for both a sketch parody of Beyoncé and several cover videos, culminating in millions of views for her versions of the Rihanna hits “Stay” and “Diamonds” in 2013.
Over the next few years, Fields continued to find work as a songwriter and touring vocalist (Rihanna, Lady Gaga), all the while continuing to work on her own music. More videos appeared on her YouTube channel, including a parody ad for a Christmas album that saw her impersonating Beyoncé, Erykah Badu, Shakira, and others. Fields and her husband, singer/musician Devin Johnson, teamed up on a separate series of covers in 2017 that spanned such well-known artists as Kendrick Lamar, Whitney Houston, and Ed Sheeran. Jade Novah’s official debut album, All Blue, followed in mid-2018 via Let There Be Art/Empire.