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SacTown's Music Queen

Written By: Lalo Mata                                                                                                       

Published: April 17, 2020

Jessica Jolia

SacTown’s Music Queen 

Jessica Jolia is one of the many talented musicians in Sacramento with incredible skills that are complemented by a gifted voice.

In one of Jessica’s top songs, “Sometimes”, it’s easy to admire the finger-snapping rhythm and calming yet detoxing production. Her voice gives chills to the high notes while giving a smooth follow up for a great song that many people enjoy.

The audience falls in love with her music for many reasons. You can sense a bit of an Erykah Badu vibe with Beyoncé vocals. A good example of this setting is in songs like “Sweet Love” and “DNT ND U”. 

In a song such as “DNT ND U”, fans can relate to one of her electric tracks. It deals with a woman going through a phase of becoming independent while knowing her worth which provides an inspiring song that all women can relate to.

The opposite feelings of this song can be heard in her second most viewed song in “Want You,” a song that can put people into a party mood with dancing and hands in the air goes to show the amount of diversity Jessica can bring to her audience. This is music in the form of art that we can all relate to with her high notes all the way down to the slow and whispered lyrics.

Jessica is a very talented singer-songwriter as she displays this talent by taking home a 2020 Sammies. Thanks to Sacramento News & Review 2020 Sammies Awards. 

What does it mean to win a 2020 Sammies Award?

“It’s an incredible honor to have been nominated in three categories this year, and to have won the Best Singer/Songwriter Award. I have traveled many places throughout my career, but it is always a special treat to be recognized by the people who come from the same place as I do. There were a number of nominees in each category, and I am thankful to be counted among so many gifted and talented individuals. It’s truly a blessing.”

What process do you take in making new songs? 

“I treat each song differently. When I’m writing for others, the artist/group and I often have several conversations with each other before the writing process begins. This helps me to get to know them better, which in turn allows me to create something that reflects the goals, values, experiences and messages they desire to convey through music. If I’m composing for myself, I do a lot of self-reflecting prior to writing and recording. I don’t always write about personal experiences, but I do write about the subject matters that are the most important for me to share. Music has been an inspirational, driving force in my life for as long as I can remember and I often find that lyrics and melodies flow naturally. Other times, I may only have a partial idea or concept in mind so I record that section then come back to it later. It’s really important to me that I capture the true essence of each song that I record. If I can’t feel it, the listener won’t be able to connect with it either so there’s no purpose in forcing or rushing the process. For everything, there is a time and place.”

Jessica’s fans can quickly realize how she approaches songs differently when creating them. She’s an artist with a message in every word and a story within every song that touches different types of people that appreciate her music.

Where do you see your career in the future? 

“The power of the mind is incredible, but a thought remains powerless without belief. Once you believe in something, the possibilities are endless. I believe that my music will reach every corner of the world, touching people’s lives and inspiring them to live life in the most meaningful and fulfilling ways possible. I can say this with confidence because I believe that to be my purpose. I love what I do and I’m very thankful for being able to share my gift.”

How much does your faith impact your music?

“I was taught at a very early age the importance of staying anchored in God and remaining faithful. My father has been a minister for over 30 years; regularly attending Bible study and church services was always the norm for my family. At some point in my life though, not too long after the unexpected passing of my grandmother, things got a bit foggy for me and I felt uncertain about the person I was called to be. I learned a lot of difficult, painful lessons during that time because, out of hurt, anger and frustration, I tried to control the direction of my life. But, it never worked. I realized that I was in my own way, blocking my own blessings, and I decided that I was done fighting. It has been an incredible journey, one that I am very thankful for and one that I am grateful to be able to share with others in conversation and through music. I know that my ability to create music comes from God. No matter what subject matter I may write about, I am always grateful for being blessed with this special gift.”

What artists inspired your start in the music industry? How?

“ I grew up listening to a bit of everything – Pop, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Classical, Hip-Hip and many other genres. In my earlier years, I listened to a lot of Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Prince, Parliament, Babyface, Journey and Chicago. As I grew older, I listened to Eric Benet, 2Pac, Brandy, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Beyoncé and many others. I think each artist/group I’ve ever consistently listened to has influenced me to some degree, which is reflected in the way I represent my brand, visually and sonically, as I continue my effort to create music that is timeless.”

Coming from a very diverse background brings a lot of tools to use from her palette of skills. 

What motivates you to make the music you make now? Why? 

”I believe that I have a daily duty to use the gifts I’ve been blessed with in a positive manner, so that’s first and foremost. Second to that, I would say that having recently endured a year of excruciating pain caused by a condition known as Endometriosis, then recovering from the surgical procedure that was required to address it is a huge motivator. While I have never experienced a pain so intensely debilitating, I have also never been able to share a journey and recovery story so powerful. Having my health returned to me and to be able to perform on stage again is something that I do not take lightly. I cannot imagine a day without music, nor a life without the ability to create and perform. So each time that I do, I want people to know where I came from, what I’ve been through, how I overcame and that they can too.”

Jessica is a strong woman who is resilient and an inspiration to many. Jessica Jolia impacts many people through her music and her journey. People looking for an artist that brings every mood to the table are in luck when it comes to Jessica. Remember to appreciate the lessons of life, the confidence in yourself, and be resilient when listening to her uplifting music.

Below are links to Jessica's website along with Apple and Spotify music, social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Voisey). Jessica is also #1 on the Voisey app.