Jessica Robinson truly exemplifies country music artistry. Her fresh, soulful sound and "out of the box" writing style have been met with praise from fans and industry alike. Such warm reception is great news for Jessica who, in her twenties, has been building her musical identity since the ripe old age of four.
"Mom and Dad wanted to raise their family in the country and built their own cabin style home in the mid-seventies. We eventually added on but those early days were really something; our family shared one bedroom! Dad's favorite activity was to make a campfire outside and play his guitar while we sang John Prine and Dan Fogelberg tunes until the fire went out. I think those early experiences instilled a passion for music that exists in me today."
Jessica took up the violin at age six and studied throughout her school years. "In high school I dreamt about playing in a symphony" she says. "But at the same time I was practicing two hours a day I began to feel that something was missing ." Singing would eventually fill that void. "I had long been singing in my bedroom at night and never thought twice about it; I thought it was something everyone did."
After winning a talent search in her mid-teens Jessica recognized her true musical passion and she's never looked back since. A decade of performances later Jessica began working with Nashville producer, Michael D. Clute (Diamond Rio), on a development project and enjoyed the success of her first self-penned single release titled, Story of My Life. "We released 'Story' in Canada," Jessica replies, "and without heavy promotion or a video it finished in the top twenty in the country. I guess all those trips and writing sessions in Nashville were worth it! "
In early 2005 Jessica finished writing and recording her first full length album "Hummingbird" produced in Nashville by Steve Fox. "I have been fortunate to write with some great Nashville writers along the way," she comments, "Guys like Arlos Smith who wrote John Michael Montgomery's #2 hit 'Home to You' and Rascal Flatts ‘Mayberry’ and country artist Mark McGuin (Mrs. Steven Rudy)." Jessica’s true song writing match came about with her producer/ co-writer, Steve Fox, and they’ve since written dozens of songs over the years together. In fact, eight of the eleven songs on the album were written by the pair.
While her love of writing is obvious, Jessica doesn't just stop at lyrics; she’s been working on new fiddle melodies and solos for her live performances as well. "The way I see it I don't have a choice. I "am" my music and I want to share everything that's musical in me with an audience; I don't think it gets any more real than that for me"
"Real" is exactly what Jessica is all about. Her father, who made his living as a social worker & life skills instructor, often combined his musical talent and instructional knowledge to inspire his students to put their dreams into songs. "It wasn’t until he passed away that I was able to understand his impact on the lives of those people.," she comments.
Jessica has aspired to continue his legacy in her own way by taking her music and her story into Canadian schools. She’s been met with resounding enthusiasm as she has, one by one, inspired kid’s of all ages to go after their dreams. Lindsay, from Lethbridge, explained the impact of Jessica’s presence on her,
" Lately I’d been feeling discouraged about life in general and Jessica’s talk helped me to remember the importance of my dreams and that I will have to face many challenges to live them. As I sat and listened to her I had tears in my eyes. Everything she said I could relate to. It was a rare opportunity to have someone like her visit our high school..."
Between her work with the schools and her commitment to both the Kinsmen Foundation and the United Way Jessica has had little time for leisure. But she claims that she doesn’t mind. " Making an album and promoting my career has been extremely exciting and fulfilling," she says, "however, my real hope in life is to use those opportunities and blessings to give something back."
With her heart of gold and velvet voice, Jessica Robinson is destined to be all that she hopes to be; an artist with a purpose and the dream to make it happen.