Jessica Clemmons

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Jessica Clemmons
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Jessica Clemmons performing with Jess & The Bandits in 2015
Background information
Born (1981-07-16) 16 July 1981 (age 36)
Houston, Texas, United States
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Website Official website

Jessica Clemmons (born July 16, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter from Houston, Texas, United States. She appeared as a contestant on American Idol in 2005,[1] but didn't make it to the final selection. She credits Paula Abdul's comment "One day we're going to see your name in lights" as the motivation she needed to continue her career as a recording artist. Since then Jessica has released two albums and an EP, and has gone on to support acts such as The Soldiers, The Stylistics, The Overtones and Boyzone.[2]

Musical career[edit]

In 2007, Clemmons was introduced by her vocal coach Debbie Beinhorn[3] to a UK-based Music Producer who suggested she travel to the UK to work with him in his London-based studio. Over the months that followed Jessica also travelled to Aarhus, Denmark, where she worked with Eurovision award-winning songwriter John Gordon (da) on what would become her debut album, Permanent.

Once the final track-list was compiled Jessica travelled back to the US, where she finalised the vocal recordings and instrumentation. The album was mixed by Larry Sturm[4] at Pressure Point Studios in Chicago, with additional string arrangements written by Carey Deadman[5] and performed by the Chicago Philharmonic orchestra. The album was officially released in 2009, and included 4 single releases: Permanent, Relentless, Here I Am and I Can Do Anything With You.[6]

In 2011, Clemmons joined the British Forces group The Soldiers as the opening act of their 18 date UK and Ireland Theatre Tour.[7] Additional support came from Italian singer Gianluca Paganelli. Later that year she took to the stage again as the only support act for legendary Philadelphia Soul Group, The Stylistics. Jessica joined the band for 24 dates of their UK tour performing songs from her debut album Permanent.[8]

Following several years of promotion and touring, she set to writing her second album, this time in both Chicago and London with acclaimed song-writing outfit Phrased Differently, based out of Shoreditch. The album, entitled Loving This Day was released independently in 2012 on Jessica's own record label, After Midnight Girl Entertainment having partnered with UK distribution and marketing company Absolute earlier that year.[9]

She released singles "Beautiful" and "Free" in the UK with support from Regional BBC radio stations nationwide, plus national radio support from Graham Norton and Richard Allinson on BBC Radio 2.[10] Jessica performed live on BBC Radio London on the JoAnne Good show.[11]

At the end of 2012, she was invited to join UK Vocal Harmony Group The Overtones as the only support act for their 27 date UK and Ireland theatre tour.[12]

Having spent the last few years co-writing songs that were predominantly pop in genre, Clemmons took some time out to reflect on her career. As a Texas Girl born and bred, Jessica felt that she had drifted from her roots and early inspirations founded from her love of Country Music. She travelled to Nashville where she focused on writing songs that were honest and reflective. Jessica spent time in the studio with multi-award winning songwriter Jeff Cohen, who won a BMI Award for his song Postcard From Paris, recorded by The Band Perry. Cohen's credits also include Sugarland, Josh Groban, Macy Gray, and Nick Lachey. Jeff introduce jessica to songwriter James T Slater, infamous for his Grammy nominated song In My Daughter's Eyes by Martina McBride, and to Country Music star and writer Sherrie Austin. The resulting body of work became Jessica's EP What If,[13] co-written with all three writers, produced by Jeff Cohen and recorded at the Beaird Studios in Nashville.[14]

Jessica returned to the UK at the end of 2013 to join Boyzone as the opening act for their critically acclaimed BZ20 20th Anniversary tour. In January 2014 she released her new single Single Tonight, taken from the What If EP. The single was added to the BBC Radio 2 Playlist, and supported by Terry Wogan, Simon Mayo and Vanessa Feltz.[15] while also appearing several times in the background of popular British soap opera Emmerdale.

Critical reception[edit]

Clemmons has been compared to Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson and Faith Hill.[citation needed]

"Loving This Day is an album that has seen Jessica Clemmons experiment with her sound and she has been confident to not go down the same path as her debut record." FemaleFirst[16]

"One for grown ups who still want to dance (a little)." The Rocker[17]

"If this is a heartbreak album, she's strong and upbeat enough to sing with a wry smile at least." Chimeo[18]

"Emotion packed and soulful, Jessica isn't a name that I'll be forgetting anytime soon, and if there's any justice in the world, she'll become a household name sooner rather than later." FemaleFirst[19]

"The truth is, it might have crept up with little fuss but this EP is a huge step up in Jessica's career and a gamechanger. More of this please, Clemmons." Sonic Reverie[20]

"This is a wonderful EP. Clemmons is well worth following. Personally I'm very much looking forward to the release of an album from her in the near future." Review Graveyard[21]

Radio and television appearances[edit]

BBC Radio Two Support[edit]

  • "Single Tonight" (single) was added to the BBC Radio 2 Playlist in January 2014 and remained there for four weeks.[15]

Interviews and sessions[edit]

Live performances[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album Title Album Details
Permanent
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Right Recordings
  • Format: CD, Download
Loving This Day
  • Released: 22 July 2012
  • Label: After Midnight Girl Entertainment
  • Format: CD, Download
Permanent (Bonus Edition)
  • Released: 5 August 2012
  • Label: After Midnight Girl Entertainment
  • Format: CD, Download
What If
  • Released: 20 November 2013
  • Label: After Midnight Girl Entertainment
  • Format: CD, Download

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2009 "Permanent" Permanent
2009 "Relentless" Permanent
2010 "Here I Am" Permanent
2010 "I Can Do Anything With You" Permanent
2012 "Beautiful" Loving This Day
2012 "Free" Loving This Day
2014 "Single Tonight" What If

Videography[edit]

Year Song Reference
2009 "Relentless" [25]
2010 "Here I Am" [26]
2012 "Beautiful" [27]
2012 "Free" [28]
2013 "Loving This Day" [29]
2013 "Keep On Moving" [30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Female First Review". Female First. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Boyzone Tour". Stereoboard. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Debbie Beinhorn". Debbie Beinhorn. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Larry Sturm". Larry Sturm. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Carey Deadman". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  6. ^ "Jessica Clemmons". MTV Artists. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Jessica Clemmons joins The Soldiers". Song Kick. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jessica Clemmons O2 Indigo with Stylistics". Nme.com. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Jessica Clemmons Loving This Day". All Music. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Jessica Clemmons BBC". BBC. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Jessica Clemmons Joanne Good". BBC. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Jessica Clemmons The Overtones". Backstage Pass. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Jessica Clemmons What If". Female First. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Beaird Studios". Beaird Music Group. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "BBC Radio 2 Playlist". BBC. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Jessica Clemmons - Loving This Day Review". Femalefirst.co.uk. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  17. ^ "Reviews roundup – IR vs. The Look vs. Jessica Clemmons". Therocker65.wordpress.com. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  18. ^ "Jessica Clemmons, What if?". chimeo.com. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  19. ^ "Jessica Clemmons - 'What If' - EP Review". Femalefirst.co.uk. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  20. ^ "EP Review: Jessica Clemmons - What If". thesonicreverie.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  21. ^ "Jessica Clemmons: What If (EP) - Music review". Reviewgraveyard.com. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  22. ^ "Lorraine Kelly Interview". BBC. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Joanne Good Interview". BBC. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "C2C 2014 Lineup". Country 2 Country. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Relentless (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  26. ^ "Here I Am (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  27. ^ "Beautiful (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  28. ^ "Free (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  29. ^ "Loving This Day (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 
  30. ^ "Keep On Moving (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 19 December 2017. 

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