Jessica Clemmons performing with Jess & The Bandits in 2015
16 July 1981 |
Houston, Texas, United States
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, 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.
In 2007, Clemmons was introduced by her vocal coach Debbie Beinhorn 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 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 at Pressure Point Studios in Chicago, with additional string arrangements written by Carey Deadman 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.
In 2011, Clemmons joined the British Forces group The Soldiers as the opening act of their 18 date UK and Ireland Theatre Tour. 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.
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.
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. Jessica performed live on BBC Radio London on the JoAnne Good show.
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, co-written with all three writers, produced by Jeff Cohen and recorded at the Beaird Studios in Nashville.
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. while also appearing several times in the background of popular British soap opera Emmerdale.
"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
"One for grown ups who still want to dance (a little)." The Rocker
"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
"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
"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
Radio and television appearances
BBC Radio Two Support
- "Single Tonight" (single) was added to the BBC Radio 2 Playlist in January 2014 and remained there for four weeks.
Interviews and sessions
- Lorraine Kelly: Interview and session BBC Radio 2 (March 2009)
- JoAnne Good: Interview and session BBC Radio London (Nov 2012)
- Richard Oliff: Interview HFM 102.3FM (Nov 2012)
- Terry Wogan: Interview and session BBC Radio 2 (Feb 2014)
- Simon Lederman: Interview and session BBC Radio London (Feb 2014)
- Bradford BAP: Interview BCB 106.6FM (Feb 2014)
- The Soldiers UK Tour 2011
- The Stylistics UK Tour 2011
- The Overtones UK Tour 2012
- Boyzone BZ20 UK Tour 2013
- Country 2 Country Music Festival (O2 Arena): March 2014
|Album Title||Album Details|
|Loving This Day|
|Permanent (Bonus Edition)|
|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|
|2010||"Here I Am"|||
|2013||"Loving This Day"|||
|2013||"Keep On Moving"|||
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