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What made you decide to become a soloist?

So as a Christian I have grown up around music and Church bands.  I played in my Church youth band which was always fun and a great way to learn to be creative.   My Mom was also a piano teacher so she taught my brothers and I to play from a young age.  There was always music in my house.  I am also a big believer in having a purpose in life.  I fully believe I have been given a gift and it’s my job to use it for good and hopefully help a few people along the way. 

Introduce us to you and your musical history?

I am Jessy, hi, hello haha. So it’s just me at the moment.  I love playing with other musicians, but for me and my personal journey I feel I can best express myself and my story focusing on a solo career.  I have a great community of musicians around me at Uni (BIMM Birmingham) so I often borrow the skills of my friends for projects.  Like I’ve mentioned I’m a student, I’m in my final year studying songwriting and I can’t tell you how much my skills and knowledge have grown in the last three years.  I am constantly learning every day.  This industry is constantly changing and moving so yeah I never get bored haha.

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

I think maybe where I see myself in the next five years.  It’s a great question but I can never answer it haha.  I think it’s ok sometimes to not have a plan.  I think the pandemic has taught us that things change so quickly that not holding plans so tightly is ok.  Of course I have goals and dreams and I work hard towards them everyday, but it’s about giving yourself a bit of grace if things don’t always work out the way you thought and just do your best in whichever season of life you find yourself in. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 

Nope haha. 

What useless party trick do you have? 

I don’t really have one haha.  I’m a little clumsy so not smooth enough to have a cool party trick haha. 

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

I would have to say my first gig.  I was playing at Soulton Hall in Shropshire and I was pretty nervous, you know first time gigs always are.  Everyone there was so welcoming and I played outside in beautiful weather and the birds were singing and yeh just a really special moment that I’ll remember forever. 

What was the worst experience on stage?

You know what I haven’t had any…yet haha I’m just starting out and so far every experience has been positive.  

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 

I was actually homeschooled.  This is where I learned how to read and play music which I am very grateful for. 

I am also a massive fan of jam and crisp sandwiches.  Bit random but it’s an important piece of information about me haha

If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it? 

Heart-warming, positive, inspirational indie country pop-rock.  Yeah a bit of a mixture haha

What makes you stand out as an Artist?

I think it’s that I am unique.  The themes in my songs are Christian, but I’ve always said I want everyone, no matter who or where they are in life to feel welcome enough to listen to my songs.  

My music is inspired by a mix of genres such as progressive rock which for gospel songs is quite an original sound I think. 

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )

I think how little musicians get paid from streams.  I see firsthand how much hard work goes into creating music and it can get really frustrating to see such little return.

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

Most Adele songs because I love to belt out vocal performances and her music gives plenty of space to do that

I hear you have a new album what can you tell us about it?

Yes!  I am honestly so excited about all the new music I have coming up.  It’s been a long time coming and it’s so awesome I get to share it with the world now.  So I have an album releasing some time this spring/summer.  Up until then, I am doing a waterfall release campaign.  This means every few weeks I’ll be releasing a new song from the album in the lead-up to the main event.  I have picked out some of my favourites to pave the way.   The album is called Pilgrimage, and it’s inspired by journeys of faith.  I wanted this collection of songs to kinda tell the story of someone going through questions about life and faith and finding their way through it all.  Hence the name pilgrimage. I hope that listeners get a sense of struggle, relief, questioning, and ultimately freedom and hope.  Into The Deep is the first single released on the 27th of Jan.  This song is inspired by a story in the Bible about stepping out of your comfort zone, having faith, and trusting in difficult times.  It speaks of battling fear and keeping your eyes on what’s true.

Talk me through the thought process of the album?

This album was written throughout lockdown.  I found it hard as a writer to create music in lockdown as I felt restricted and uninspired being inside all the time.  However I found myself just sitting at my piano singing words or emotions I was feeling. At the end of this time I found I had collected quite a nice bunch of songs that fitted well together and really told a story of this kind of journey I’d been on. 

What was the recording process like?

The recording process was really fun.  It’s always my favourite bit of the process.  I have a home recording set – up, which I like as it really gives me the freedom to experiment and express myself without the time pressure of in-studio sessions. I recorded all the vocals, piano and synth sound myself.  I reached out to Uni friends who helped me with guitar and my brother actually laid the drums for me, he is a very talented drummer. (don’t tell him I said that haha)  I also have a friend who is a very talented producer who mixed and mastered the tracks for me.  Songwriting is a very collaborative art form and I am very blessed to know such gifted people.   

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the album?

I think I am always learning new techniques and I am growing my skill set every day. It was really interesting to begin a project nearing the end of my time at Uni and see how far I have come professionally.  I also think I’ve learned to relax a little bit and enjoy the process.  Like nothing and nobody is perfect so it’s ok to release the reigns on perfection a little.

Would you change anything now its finished?

You know what, you can spend so long listening and re-listening to the tracks and tweaking this and that.  I mean even now I’ll listen to the finished project and think oh I could of done this differently or that, but I am so happy with how these songs turned out.  Also, it’s kind of like a timestamp of your progression as an artist.  Every time I release something new it sounds a little better than the last.  It’s so exciting to see myself grow and develop as an artist and I think my songs and career so far reflect this. 

What are your plans for the year ahead?

The year ahead looks exciting to me.  I obviously have the full album coming out so that’s awesome.  Also I will be stepping into the industry as a professional.  I won’t be a student anymore so I’ll have to learn to navigate this thing for real haha.  No, but in all seriousness, I feel I have so much to offer and I know how hard it is for young creatives to begin a career.  I am just going to enjoy every moment, work hard with every opportunity given and yeah show the world what I’ve got.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

I guess just where you can find me on social media

Instagram: @songwriterjessy 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/songwriterjessy
Also, a little tagline that I’ve kind of adopted within what I stand for as an artist and that’s…….”just as you are.”  It’s basically an invitation for everyone to feel welcome, to know that you don’t have to have it all together or know all the answers, you can just come as you are, and that’s how I want people to listen to my music and my story, as you are.