[caption id="attachment_33846" align="alignleft" width="314"]<img class=" wp-image-33846" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/08\/Emerging-Country-Star-Jada-Vance-to-Perform-at-West-Virginia-State-Fair-1.jpg" alt="" width="314" height="306" \/> Jada Vance[\/caption]\r\n<h1>Jada Vance was born in Tennessee, but she is practically a West Virginia native. The emerging Nashville recording artist has spent a lifetime visiting her relatives in McDowell and Wyoming counties, where her mother grew up. And while she might not be a \u201ccoal miner\u2019s daughter,\u201d she is proud to be one\u2019s granddaughter.<\/h1>\r\n\u201cMy maternal grandfather worked in the coal mines, and unfortunately, he died from black lung disease,\u201d Vance said. \u201cThat whole side of my family still lives in West Virginia. I love coming back to visit, and spend time hiking, fishing and four-wheeling.\u201d\r\n\r\nAnd singing.\r\n\r\nVance will perform two shows at the West Virginia State Fair in Lewisburg, on Thursday, Aug. 9.\r\n\r\nNow 22, Vance\u2019s first significant experience as a singer was on Season 12 of \u201cAmerican Idol\u201d at age 16. She did not make it to the finals, but the show taught her two things - how little she knew about the music business, and the fact that she wanted to be a professional singer for the rest of her life.\r\n\r\n\u201cBefore \u2018Idol,\u2019 most of my singing was just karaoke, but seeing how hard the other contestants worked opened my eyes to what it takes to be successful,\u201d she said. \u201cI learned about stage presence and the importance of songwriting and having the right team of people working with you.\u201d\r\n\r\nSince then, Vance has been biding her time in Nashville, co-writing with other artists like Megan Golden and Mark Narmore, performing as much as possible, and releasing three singles. She also went to school to study the business end of music. Lately, she has been working on a six-track EP, titled \u201cRear View Revival,\u201d which she plans to preview at the West Virginia State Fair and release in the fall.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s a good variety of songs,\u201d she said. \u201cMost are upbeat, but one of them is a slower ballad. They are all very personal, especially a couple of songs that are about accepting who you are and being proud of it, no matter what other people say.\u201d\r\n\r\nVance, who is biracial, has experienced her share of bullying, especially when she was younger.\r\n\r\n\u201cI didn\u2019t realize that I was different, until around the fourth grade,\u201d she said. \u201cI had a lot of friends in school, but people started making comments, especially after I was on \u2018American Idol.\u2019 Since then, a lot of them have apologized. We all make mistakes. People grow and learn.\u2019\u201d\r\n\r\nLiving in the country just outside of Nashville, Vance seems to have the best of her two favorite worlds - wide open space that inspires her songs, and the city where she hopes to turn her dreams into reality, while making occasional trips to visit family back \u201chome\u201d in West Virginia.\r\n\r\nJada Vance will perform on the Sprint Center Stage at the West Virginia State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, with fair admission. For more information, visit www.statefairofwv.com. Information about Jada Vance is available at www.JadaVance.com.