Thank you Jessica Lynn for sharing this. Jessica is a lovely person. She is also a brilliant, talented, and gifted musician. She and her band work hard and it’s paying off.
Remember when we had our NEXT Charity Concert Series…well we were luckily enough to host Jessica Lynn at one event. It was a glorious night of great music for a great cause. Thank you Jessica for helping us out.
A Vine from that soundcheck
It’s time for Jessica’s life through music. Enjoy this musical ride. The following words are all Jessica:
Growing up with two parents who were musicians and songwriters, I guess I didn’t have much of a choice but to fall in love with music. The only thing that would put me to sleep as a baby would be my Dad putting on “Surfer Girl” by The Beach Boys on the stereo. That became the first song I ever learned on guitar and to this day The Beach Boys are one of my favorite bands and a major source of inspiration for me.
I remember always having music on in the house and watching my mom come home from gigs dressed in beautiful sparkle gowns wanting to be just like her. I started out singing in my bedroom and putting on elaborate productions for my parents, family, and friends in my living room. Then I moved on to doing theater, to picking up the piano, drums, and guitar, and writing my own music and lyrics. Here I am today, two nationwide concert television specials, two national tours later, and about to embark on my first international tour, and I’m so grateful and blessed that I was able to travel through my life IN music for real. Here are some of my most special musical memories and pieces:
I would run around the house dancing as a child to Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell. Maybe that’s where I found my passion for country music?
The first time I, and I think my parents too, realized that there might be something “special” there, I was cast as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at my elementary school. I closed the show with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and to this day, I clearly remember the standing ovation and feeling I had being on that stage. I would say that’s where my journey really started.
As I began to write my own songs at about the age of 10, I became infatuated with the great singer songwriters of our time like Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow. I would study their music and try to learn how they could tell such a vivid story so simplistically. These two tracks in particular really touched me and made me want to become the best writer I could be. I had them on repeat in my MP3 player.
I quickly realized I had an extremely eclectic taste in music and that I could take the pieces I loved so much from each different genre and mix them together to create something all my own. I was completely blown away by the soul and harmonies of The Temptations on this favorite track:
And by the raspy and assertive voice and sound of Richard Marx on this tune who is still one of my favorite artists. He is now a very influential songwriter in Nashville, TN and his concert was the first concert I ever went to as a child. I remember him waving to me and being SO excited that he saw my little sister and I out in the crowd.
Then, I discovered what it meant to have “Girl Power.” I would lock myself in my room for hours as a young girl choreographing dances and singing my heart out to imaginary stadiums to these fun and energetic songs by The Spice Girls and Gwen Stefani of No Doubt. Their stage presence really blew me away and I learned from them that being a singer is about so much more than just the music. You have to be an entertainer too.
To practice my vocals, being that I was totally self-taught and never took any singing lessons, I would rehearse to my favorite vocalist of all time tirelessly, Linda Eder. She is probably best known for her role as Lucy on Broadway in Jekyll and Hyde. Her voice is so strong and powerful and her talent is unbelievable. This was one of my favorite songs to practice.
My dad purchased Phil Vassar’s debut album “Phil Vassar,” and country quickly became my favorite and go-to genre again. His song “Carlene” was SO much fun, and “Rose Bouquet” brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it.
I was lucky enough to open up for Phil this February at The Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT and was also asked to share the stage with him for “I’m Alright” during his set, which he wrote for country legend Jo Dee Messina who I toured with this year. It was one of the most validating and special moments of my entire life.
At around this same time, I was introduced to Shania Twain. I was CRAZY about her blend of country with rock and pop and her universal appeal and likeability was unprecedented in my eyes. In my live shows we perform her monumental hit “Man! I Feel like a Woman” as a tribute to how much her sound and ability to connect with an audience has helped shape my career.
I am so thankful for music. It truly has gotten me through the best and worst times of my life and my passion for it has allowed me to travel the country and experience some of my wildest dreams. I’m excited for what the future holds and also that I got to share my story with you! Here is what all of those years and listening to all of that music produced: My first official music video and single “Not Your Woman.” Thanks Chris for putting together “My Life In Music!”