Jade Castrinos: What Happened to Her After Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Jade Castrinos is an American professional folk singer best known for being one of the founding members of the popular music band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Amidst unending speculations, Jade left the band in 2014 and pursued a solo music career, but since then, she has seemingly lost the fans associated with her.

In addition to singing, Jade Castrinos is also a songwriter and guitarist. She spent the early years of her music career with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and since she left, it has been speculations upon speculations. Get to know more details about her, why she exited the music band, and how her music career has been so far.

Who is Jade Castrinos?

Jade Castrinos is a white American singer born and raised in the United States of America. She was born in Los Angeles, California, but raised in Las Flores Canyon, Malibu, where she completed her early and high school education. It is unknown when she was born and whether or not she is a university/college graduate. Jade has two siblings, but information about her parents is unclear to the public.

However, there are some yet-to-be-verified reports that her father, whose identity is not known, is a rock musician and was the one who influenced her music career right from a young age. Jade reportedly carved her father’s name on her guitar when she was six. In addition to her father’s influence, she grew more interested in music, listening to legendary Canadian-American singer Joni Mitchell.

Meanwhile, reports show that Jade’s parents divorced when she was five, and her mom raised her alongside her two younger sisters. With the musical influence she had gotten from both her father and Joni Mitchell, she started writing songs when she was eleven. Not only that, she also began to sing and play guitar in a band with her father.

She Joined Edward and Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros in 2005

By the time she was sixteen, Jade Castrinos started performing locally in the San Francisco Bay area. During that time, she met Alex Ebert, the lead singer of Edward Sharpe. She joined the band in 2005 as a singer and guitarist and was a big part of its formative years. She contributed immensely to the band’s success and helped in its structuring until its official launch, spearheaded by Alex Ebert. As a part of the music band, Castrinos focused primarily on playing guitar, vocals, percussion, and the keyboard.

The band became rapidly famous, and many more members kept joining, most of whom eventually became their close friends. They played their first official show on the 18th of July 2007 at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, California, United States. Edward and Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros gained international recognition after they dropped their first studio album, Up from Below, in July 2009 on Community Records.

The album ranked 86 on the Australian chart, 76 on the Billboard 200, and 56 on the UK Album. It was also nominated as the Best Alternative Music Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards. The group continued releasing songs and touring internationally. One of their most notable achievements to date was the hit single Home, which is from their debut album.

The song went massively viral and currently has about 171 million views on YouTube. Alongside the band, Jade appeared on several notable late-night shows, such as Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, and David Letterman. Some of their renowned singles include;

  • 40 Day Dream
  • Give Me a Sign
  • Home
  • Memory of a Free Festival
  • Chickens In Love
  • That’s What’s Up
  • One Love to Another
  • Man on Fire
  • Better Days
  • Life Is Hard
  • Hot Coals
  • No Love
  • Like Yours

Why was Jade Castrinos Kicked Out of The Band??

In 2014, during the band’s summer tour, Jade Castrinos decided to leave Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to the shock of her fans. Her departure did not only come as a shock to many but amid numerous controversies and speculations. Considering how vital and significant she has been to the band, people wondered what the reason behind her departure was, leading to some unfounded rumors.

In the heat of the moment, Jade wrote on her Instagram bio, “For seven years I sang and wrote music with Edward Sharpe. They voted me off of tour week a week before they left, via email. Lol”. The band’s frontman, Alex Ebert, responded to her comment with a Facebook post that partly reads, “…Her statement left a lot of things to the imagination. Out of respect for Jade, I will keep it that way.”

In 2015, a year after Jade left, the band took to their Facebook page and debunked the claims that she was kicked out. They announced to the public that she voluntarily exited the group. According to them, Jade decided to quit the group after she was requested to stand down for one tour. Including in the post is also an exciting part that says Jade has been doing well since she left the group.

Jade Castrinos
Jade Castrinos

In an interview she later granted, Jade Castrinos said she left the band to concentrate on her solo music career. She admitted that leaving was a tough decision, but she had to because there is always a gift when one lets go and trusts life. “I learned so much from that experience, and I will always be very grateful for it,” she stated.

Where is Jade Castrinos Now?

Following her exit from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Jade Castrinos seemingly lost the fans and the limelight associated with her via the brand. Some have also asked if she is still active in the music industry and what she has been up to. Jade has continued to pursue her passion for music in a solo career, and leaving Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros did not deter her success.

She released her solo debut album, Go Where You Wanna Go, in 2019 and has dropped many other singles. Castrinos currently has her permanent home in California but also makes a home in any part of the country when she’s on tour. With her incredible musical talent, she thrives as a solo artist and has collaborated with Jakob Dylan on several musical projects.

Meanwhile, it is also reported that she later made peace with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros music band, and they have since remained friendly.


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