t wasn’t too long ago, while in her mid-teens, that Jessica Jarrell was opening sold-out shows for Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson. Even back then her talent was evident and undeniable. Now at 20, Jessica is all grown up, on her own, and ready for the world to experience her unforgettable, magnetic voice and her sexy, incomparable style.
Born in Diamond Bar, California, Jessica began modeling at the age of 4, appearing in print ads for Kmart, American Girl, and Mattel up until the age of 9 but it was an accidental audition for a singing role in a school Christmas play at the age of 11 that began Jessica’s love for performing and solidified her dreams.
In 2008, at 13 years old, Jessica posted a video of herself singing Beyoncé’s “Listen” on Youtube. The video caught the eye and ears of Toby Gad, a producer at Def Jam who had worked with Beyoncé, John Legend and Fergie. Gad was so impressed with Jessica that he flew her out to New York to record a few songs. In a sheer stroke of luck, LA Reid, then president of Def Jam, happened to be walking down the hall while Toby was playing a few of Jessica’s tracks to colleagues. Reid told Gad to fly Jessica back out to New York as soon as possible to sign her.
Under Def Jam, Jessica released the single “Almost Love” and found herself performing at the White House for President Obama’s annual Easter Egg Roll, and then starring in the Nickelodeon film, “The School Girl’s Movie,” with Nick Cannon. In 2009 she began modeling for Angela and Vanessa Simmons’ Pastry clothing label. She became the brand ambassador for the line, traveling overseas and appearing in ads and commercials. It was on the set of the 2010 film that she met Justin Bieber and the two hit it off instantly. “We became really cool and decided to do a duet,” Jessica says. “Then he took me on his ‘My World’ tour with him and Sean Kingston.”
For three months, Jessica traveled across the country with Bieber, opening for more than 750,000 fans collectively and performing their popular duet “Overboard.” It was definitely an incredible experience that Jessica will never forget. “When you’re 15 years-old and looking at 30,000 screaming fans a night you’re like “Damn, this is scary,” Jessica remembers. “But it was so amazing.”
In 2011, Jessica left Def Jam shortly after LA Reid departed the label. In 2012, Jessica went on tour with good friend Cody Simpson, performing one of the four songs they recorded together, “Ay Na Na.”
After the tour, Jessica was ready to hit the studio and start working on her own project. “I really needed to figure out what I wanted my sound to be,” she remembers. “I was writing songs and evolving as a person and the tours taught me how to be a performer, but what I felt was missing was a certain sound and so I got in the studio and started trying new and different things I hadn’t tried before.”
She joined forces with the super-artistic production team, Red Jacket which includes Tom Higgenson from the Plain White T’s, Chaucer Hwang, Sam Sumser, and Sean Small who are putting together the edgy, sexy, full length album with Jessica. The album exudes everything from hypnotic dance tracks, to sultry, seductive rhythmic tunes, to heart-tugging ballads. The tracks showcase Jessica’s dynamic singing, her gritty rapping skills, and her overall multi-layered talent. She’s Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj rolled up into one captivating package. “There are records for everybody on this album. It’s cool. It’s bugged out,” says Jessica, who co-wrote most of the songs.
The track “Gold Blooded” is an interesting take on the term cold-blooded. “It’s one of my favorite songs on the album,” says Jessica. “People say you have to be tough, you have to be cold-blooded but I changed it to ‘Gold Blooded.’ The song is about knowing that you’re a boss and that to get anywhere in life you’ve got to believe in yourself and have that drive.”
On the ultra-sultry track “Break The Bed,” Jessica shows just how much she’s grown up since her Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson days. She croons, “We’ll be breaking the bed/ Baby break me off/ You can keep it coming /til’ the break of dawn.” She pushes the envelope even further on the steamy, mesmeric dance track “Snake Charmer” where she sings, “Put my lips on it/They in a trance/Snake charmer/Follow it.”
Beautiful and gifted, Jessica Jarrell is more than ready to take her music career to the next level. She’s come a long way and her hard work, versatility, and perseverance has paid off and led her to release an electrifying debut album. “Music is my passion and I hope from this album that people get a sense of who I am,” she says. “I want them to see what goes on in my head so they can feel like they know me when they listen to one of my songs. I want to be an inspiration and a light in their lives.”