Until that moment, things looked bleak. When she tried to get a foot in the door of the music world, the only thing she found was more negativity. Being from Philly, she heard the inevitable comparisons to another hometown girl who had made good in the music business, Eve. Why, she was asked, would they need another Philly girl? Ms. Jade knew Eve was good, but she felt that she could be too, in her own way. She kept chasing her elusive dream until she finally found someone who was willing to give her a chance. That someone was 215 Entertainment's Terrance Glasgow. He brought her to Missy Elliott in Manhattan, where she demonstrated what she could do. Impressed, Elliott picked up the phone and got Timbaland in on the act. Soon Philly's Chevon Young was renamed Ms. Jade, and she had a contract with Timbaland's Beat Club Records.
During her childhood, Ms. Jade liked the rock songs put out by Pat Benatar. Before turning ten, however, she had discovered Janet Jackson's Control. She committed all of the songs to memory and went on to perform them in talent competitions at her school. Before she'd hit her teens, she discovered the work of Queen Latifah and MC Lyte. Later, Ms. Jade took top honors in a high school talent competition with "How Could You Call Her Baby," a number that had been featured in the film Waiting to Exhale. Before she took home her diploma in 1997, she had become a fan of the Notorious B.I.G., Foxy Brown, Lil' Kim, and Mase. For a time, she earned cash by peddling knock offs of designer handbags. ~ Linda Seida, Rovi