Interview by Chris Koppers/images courtesy of Jess King
Please welcome the amazing Jess with her sultry voice that will captivate all your senses within a second. My rating scheme gives her 8 stars (0 - 5 stars), because of her entire performance.
Jess had some moments to share with us:
What are your impressions of your current tour in Paris?
I've been having an incredible time recording and performing in Paris over the last year plus. As we're in the final stages of defining my musical universe in the studio, I’m now very excited to see this "labor of love" come together. Of course I still love and miss New York at times, but I know Paris is the right place for me now. I've been kind of intoxicated by the creative inspiration here, just walking around and breathing in the beauty of this city. It makes complete sense to me why this city as attracted many artists.
Can you tell us more about your genre "From the heart"? What is the mission behind it?
My musical genre is best described as "from the heart" because it is just that: each song flows directly from my heart to yours. My goal is to touch you emotionally with each song, to transport you, to make you feel. Connecting with others is the reason I write and perform music. My mission is to create something meaningful and personal, and that will resonate with many people.
Can you reveal some details regarding your upcoming songs and videos?
Each of these songs has “her feet on the ground”, as one person described it to me. They are grounded in something real, personal, and easily relatable. Videos will be released as well early in the new year with these songs; however, I'm not able to reveal details just yet. Please stay tuned.
How is it being a gifted female musician who combines two worlds (NYC and Paris) with her music?
There isn't one day I don't feel blessed to live in two of the most amazing cities on the planet. New York is still home and will probably always be "home" (or at least feel like home). Paris inspires me in a different way, partially because it feels fresh and new, and partially just because it is so intensely beautiful. I’ve even lost my breath a few times walking around this city at times, because the beauty can be that overwhelming. It's a blessing to be between these two places.
Where will you see yourself in 2013?
Okay, I’ll answer this question simply :-) and say: I see myself affecting many more people with my music in the coming year. I’m sure this will happen, but I aim to have the opportunity to do this on a grand scale. If I’m on stage a lot in 2013, I’m sure this will be a fantastic year, as I’ll be connecting often with the public. (It goes without saying I will continue to song-write a lot in the new year!)
What is your main motivation to move on?
My motivation is to touch people with my music. Writing songs in my greatest love, and performing them is the ultimate way of connecting. And everybody needs to have the songs to listen to on their playlists, so the recordings need to be out there as well.What do you believe what your fans love most about your songs?
Fans who appreciate my music tend to relate to my song lyrics and the feeling in my voice. A song might remind them of something or someone in their past, or a problem they're dealing with at the moment, so my song is able to emotionally connect with them. They also hear and feel the sincerity in my voice, and feel a sense of optimism even in a heart-breaking ballad. At least this is what I've been told by some fans, and also what I'm hoping to do.
Where can we find/purchase your music?
My music will be available early in 2013. Please be patient a few more months, and I promise it will be worth your wait. And if you're in New York on Thursday, January 3rd come on out and check out a live show at Webster Hall.