Women in Music: Jessica Lynn
Artist name: Jessica Lynn
Country Music’s new star and the New York girl being hailed as Shania’s successor, Jessica Lynn is on the way to becoming a household name this year. In 2014 / 2015, singer/songwriter Jessica has seen her first two full length television specials, “This Much Fun – Live from the Winery at St. George,” and “Jessica Lynn – Takin’ Over – Live from The Paramount Theater” go nationwide on PBS, sang our country’s National Anthem twice in New York’s famed Madison Square Garden by special invite, signed a major publishing deal with Round Hill Music that has her in Nashville writing with today’s top hit writers, and wrapped up two national summer tours which had her performing at some of the country’s largest music festivals alongside Country Music icons such as Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Sammy Kershaw, Clint Black, Montgomery Gentry, and Phil Vassar. Her high-energy and dynamic live show has garnered rave reviews from critics everywhere calling her a “Rocket Force” and even naming her performance as one of the top 5 moments from the “Country Jam” festival last year where she performed on the bill with Keith Urban. Most recently, Jessica hit the road with country legend Jo Dee Messina for a west coast tour. She is now in the studio finishing her first studio EP and just released her first official music video and single “Not Your Woman.”
Q. What makes you different from other artists?
A. Being from New York definitely makes me different when it comes to playing country music. I have a unique flair, sound, and edge within the genre because of my northeastern roots and didn’t grow up within the same music scene as many other artists. I’m also Italian which is very rare in country music!
Q. Have you always wanted to be a musician?
A. I have always wanted to be a musician. I grew up being totally surrounded by music with both parents being songwriters, musicians, and performers. Music was always playing in my house and I started singing as soon as I could talk, and began writing and playing instruments when I was about 10 years old.
Q. What age did you begin performing?
A. I formed my first band at 13 years old and started performing professionally then. My parents would take me down to Manhattan often to perform in several New York City nightclubs and Battle of the Bands, and to hone my craft I played at any event locally that I could. Before I started playing in the band, I was involved in theater which really helped me get comfortable on stage.
Q. If you could perform with any artist/band in the world who would it be and why?
A. I would love to perform with Neil Diamond one day. He was such an inspiration to me as a songwriter and performer growing up and his voice is just really incredible and so full of emotion. I am a really big fan.
Q. What kind of music do you listen to at home?
A. I really listen to everything and anything. I go from country radio, to hip-hop, to oldies, to rock n’ roll. I have such an eclectic taste in music and what I listen to really just varies based on my mood.
Q. Who inspires you?
A. Shania Twain has always been a major influence and inspiration in my life. She pushed the boundaries of what it meant to be a country artist and seems so down-to-earth and humble although she is such a superstar. Her music was always relatable and empowering and so much fun to listen to.
Q. Any regrets in choosing the music path?
A.I don’t have any regrets in choosing the music path. It is a hard road getting to where you want to be and there are definitely days when you hear more “no” than “yes” and have to push yourself beyond your limits to keep going and to be successful. It is, however, so incredibly rewarding making music and seeing how your thoughts and voice can have such a positive and important impact on people.