1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Jess: When I was 5 I got a keyboard for Christmas and I would play along to my Mum and Dads Vinyl collection. That is my first memory of getting into music.
Inspiration wise my Mum would listen to all the 60s greats some to mention of her favorites are Joan Baez, Tina Turner, Melissa Etheride, KD Lang and she also loved all things musical her all time favorite was The Sound Of Music. My Dad on the other hand was into his heavy metal and rock. Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Floyd. I would listen to all the music and sing to everything which is why I love all music from Rock to pop.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Jess: I listened to Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Maddona, Take That, Guns and Roses, Metallica, Nirvana, Garbage and Roxette. I think it has helped me develop as a singer / Songwriter as I like to incorporate different styles into my music. I even listened to Operatic music a lot of the time as it depended on my mood so I learned what styles work best together.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
Jess:I have been playing now for twenty years in different bands and solo. I started writing properly when I was 12. I would write poems which became my lyrics and would structure music around them.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Jess: At the moment a lot 🙂 I have about 12 gigs this month and when I release my album shortly I will be looking to do a full tour. I would love to do a European tour followed by an international tour.
1st Aug – Melville Bar – Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2nd Aug – Crawcrook Fair and after show party
3rd Aug – Widdrington Inn
6th Aug – Melville Bar – Edinburgh Festival
5th Aug – Alnwick Festival
8th Aug – The Eagle Inn – Salford
12 Aug – The Earl Of Marchmont – Edinburgh Festival
22nd Aug – The Lord Clyde – Byker
24th Aug – The Highfield – Bradford
26th Sept – The Wavendon – Sunderland
5 – What has been your favorite moment in music?
Jess: My favorite moment is getting on stage every time I do a gig. I live for that moment and enjoy performing.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?