Jade Diary is an Australian, Perth-based singer-songwriter of atmospheric dreamy pop with touches of fantasy and melancholy. A unique blend of Ingrid Michaelson, Bat For Lashes and Karen Carpenter; X-Press Magazine wrote in June 2012, “Every now and then a new voice with fresh attitude arrives on the acoustic-pop scene. That voice is here within the soul of Jade Diary.”
Under the stage name of ‘Jade Diary’, Cheryl Lim recalls a time when her brothers teased her when she sang and danced. This may have been part of the motivation for her to spend years undergoing vocal training, performing and songwriting.
Her debut album, ‘Mermaid’, released in September 2012, is haunting and atmospheric, taking the listener on an emotional journey; and explores the theme of coming to terms with the difference between fantasy and reality. Themusic.com.au wrote in February 2013, “Like the swift, yet graceful movement of a mermaid, this album flows flawlessly through a saturated music scene, leaving you in bewilderment of what you have just experienced. It’s hard to fault this album. Jade Diary’s debut is something Perth, and Australia, should be proud of.”
Her song, ‘A Thousand Days’ released from the crowd-funded 'Love Thy Will Be Done' EP in June 2012 was ranked number 10 on ‘The Rock Across Australia’ Christian national radio airplay chart within two weeks of its debut. The song also reached number 2 on the Triple J Unearthed Pop Chart on 6 May 2012. ‘A Thousand Days’ has also recently been placed in the top 25 songs in the Australian Songwriters Association 2012 spiritual category.
Following a tour to Brisbane and Sydney in October 2012, she and her band opened for chart-topping indie-rock band, Evermore, at the Easterfest festival in March 2013.
Recorded in Sydney, her songs from the ‘Mermaid’ album and ‘Love Thy Will Be Done’ EP attracted a stellar cast of musicians and were produced by David Skeet (The Venetians’ guitarist who's worked with Kate Miller-Heidke and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics) and features drummer of The Church, Tim Powles; Joel Sarakula, on the piano; Simon Rudston-Brown from The Falls on guitar; Anthony Albrecht on cello and James Harland-Wright on bass. Grammy award winner, William Bowden, who mastered Gotye’s Making Mirrors also mastered her tracks.