We recently sat down with up and coming LA based singer song writer Jessica Celious. She’s a fresh new face and fresh voice helping lead the charge to bring inspiring, quality music that is welcome change in an increasingly stagnant and sterile industry.
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona respectively, Jessica grew up listening to stellar soul artists like Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin who she cites as major influences. Through them she learned the importance of writing songs that would stand the test of time. Through them she learned the importance of writing songs that are honest and leave you emotionally vulnerable.
Her album which has been over two years in the making ‘Melodies of Life’ is a testament to the commitment one to continually grow as an artist and to impactfully connect with the audience. Jessica’s approach is not to simply follow the latest trends and treat her audience as statistics that need to be marketed to. She painstakingly takes time to develop a relationship with those who have come to love her music. The gola is to forever be in conversation with her audience.
So in 2009 even though many of us have never heard of Ms cellious on the local radio station or seen her video on popular video channels, she still has a nice following, because of word of mouth and myspace.com/jessicacelious people have discovered her and have come to appreciate her songs with cover a wide range of emotions and speaks to folks.
In this interview we talk about the appraoch jessica takes tywoard song writing. She explains that in addition to be honest and vulnerable, one needs to have a good resource for melody (hence the title of her album) and understanding the types of things that will resonate with folks. Note this goes beyond having a particular sound, but more so speaks to subject matter.
As Jessica bluntly put it, as along as she’s still living she will always have something compelling to sing about.