Interview by Trav Dave
What up people? It’s your boy Trav Dave and I’m back with another dope interview. Shout out to my homeboy Dr. PostAlot, he put me on to this young lady’s music and I’ve been a fan since. I got a chance to chop it up with her and learn about her musical background and what her future holds. Please, give it up one time for the beautiful and talented Jessica Jolia.
When did you 1st know that you had musical talents?
My mom tells stories about me making my toys sing to each other in operatic voices when I was very young, maybe 1 or 2 years old. Growing up, I loved dancing around the house listening to Michael and Janet Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Bobby Brown and so many others. I also loved playing instruments too; I taught myself how to play the piano when I was 11, and played alto and tenor sax, and bass and contrabass clarinet throughout high school. Music has been a huge part of me since Day 1!
You received two scholarships for vocal performance while in high school. Can you tell us about that experience?
I actually auditioned for Berklee and Oklahoma Christian University and REALLY wanted to go to Berklee because it’s such a highly esteemed institution. When I found out that I had been offered scholarships to both schools, I was SO excited! It was a really tough decision for me, but I chose to attend Oklahoma Christian University as a Classical Vocal Performance major. At the time, I’d taken particular interest in classical music and really wanted to broaden my skill set. So glad that I did!
You sing, write, arrange and perform songs. Out of these 4 things, which one do you enjoy the most and why?
That’s a tough one. I love performing because each experience is unique. Different audience, different location, but, always a wonderful opportunity to share a bit of myself and to connect with others through music. When it comes to creating, I really love arranging. I always have at least 5 harmonies in mind for any song that I’m working on. I also make up harmonies and sing random parts when I listen to the radio. It’s something I’ve done since I was a kid, and probably annoys a lot of people but I just can’t help myself!
I think the best part about being on tour is seeing so many different places and meeting lots of great people. Right now, I’m doing a lot of touring with Eric Benet. He’s an incredibly talented, down-to-earth guy, and he has such a loyal fan base. Being able to perform in front of them is always a treat. I’d have to say the most difficult aspect is traveling from coast to coast. Adjusting to different time zones and performing several nights in a row can be quite challenging and definitely takes a toll on your body.
How do you feel about this era of R&B singers compared to the traditional R&B of the 90’s and early 2000s?
I think a lot has changed over the last few decades. Music has always been a business, but the focus seems to be much more on the aesthetics of the product than the quality of the music. Don’t get me wrong — there are still LOTS of great artists making great music out there. The difference is that now, you have to actively search and sift through so much “commercial” stuff to find those hidden gems.
“Sometimes” seems like a very personal record. Do you always write from your own personal experience?
I love storytelling, especially when it’s about first-hand experiences. I don’t always write about my personal life, but I think it’s important to be open and intimate. People appreciate honesty. I wrote “Sometimes” from a very genuine, reflective place after a difficult and emotionally draining break-up. Many friends and fans have sent messages saying that the song has helped them get through difficult times, and the response I continue to receive is just so touching and encouraging.
If you could write and arrange for any artist, past or present, who would it be, and why?
I would LOVE to write and arrange for Tweet. I’ve been a huge fan of hers for a very long time, and just recently purchased her newest single “Won’t Hurt Me.” Her voice is so agile and soothing!
Can you tell us what to expect with your new EP WaterColors?
WaterColors is my unveiling. Each song tells a different story, either about the past, present or future. The overall sound is ambient, rhythmic and soulful, and incorporates brass, strings, mallet percussion and other orchestral sounds less commonly found in traditional R&B music. You’ll also find that I feature classical vocals on several of the songs in very unique ways. I’d say that’s my stamp.
What is next for Jessica Jolia?
Right now, my focus is putting out a great project. I want people to have an opportunity to become acclimated with my style and sound, and to be able to truly feel connected. I spend a lot of time engaging and interacting with folks on various social media platforms, and will continue to do so because it’s important that everyone understands how sincerely their support is appreciated. In the near future, friends and fans can expect new music videos, pictures, blog posts and merchandise and more.
Please tell the people where they can contact you at for shows, songs and anything else.
I want to thank you for taking the time out of your day to do this interview. I’m a big fan of your work and wish you the best in your journey. Peace x Power.