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Let the music speak …

So this afternoon I took a bunch of students to a local retirement home and put on a little concert for the residents. The date for today’s concert had been booked in for the last 6 weeks, but somehow residents knew nothing of it and were more than a little surprised when we arrived. One elderly lady in particular had been sitting at the table in the common area, where we were setting up, reading her newspaper and got incredibly annoyed when I started plugging in my speaker (I hadn’t even turned it on yet). She pulled me a side and demanded to know what was going on. I explained the situation as best as I could, but she didn’t seem impressed with my explanation and in a huff, packed up her papers and gruffly left the room. Staff were busy gathering other residents and getting them settled in the space, whilst I waited for the rest my performers to arrive. The newspaper lady was still in the hallway clearly put out and super annoyed with what she called an “intrusion” and announced she was going to have “none of it” and instead would go back to her room. I finished setting up and got the concert underway. As each of the kids got up to do their performance, you could feel the energy change and the joy on the faces of the residents said it all. In fact 10mins passed and the newspaper lady came back, stuck her head in the room and then proceeded to make her way to a free couch closest to where the kids were performing. She was still a little gruff but another resident very audibly rebuffed her, reminding her that “they were just kids and that she ought to give them a chance”. And for the rest of the concert, she let down her guard, clapped enthusiastically and beamed after all the kids had performed.

It’s interesting how music, particularly when kids are involved, builds bridges and dissipates the barriers we build around ourselves. What a beautiful transformative moment! In fact, the newspaper lady had nothing but praises to sing afterwards; about how awesome the kids were, how beautifully they sang and played and how she enjoyed the concert. If only more people would let down their guards and let music speak to them – can you imagine such a world? #moremusicplease #letthemusicspeak #musictransforms #musiciansdream

One of my old kids, Ella, in the moment

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Happy 3rd Annual Musical Garden Party!

Woohoo! 3rd Annual Musical Garden party is done and dusted! What an incredible year of music making! I’m blown away by these kids; their love for singing and music, their curiosity and thirst for knowledge and their unrelenting drive to find their place in the world. I am so proud of each and every one of these kids and feel incredibly privileged to be called their teacher. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has install for them all – onwards and upwards!

Remember these faces; you’re looking at tomorrow’s music industry here =) (side note: musical talent does not equate to knowing which direction the picture will be taken from #wherewerewealllooking =p hahahaha) A massive thank you to all who came out in support of these young budding musicians! #nowforaglassofwine

 

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#thepleasurewasallmine #untilnexttimeRubyos

What can I say, but thank you a thousand times over to all who came out and showed their love and support on Friday night. It’s always a joy and privilege to play at Rubyos Restaurant, and this time round was no exception 🤗❤🤗❤🤗❤🤗❤ My heart bursts when I see the smiles on people’s faces and I catch diners singing along to their favourite songs (… and to get love on my original songs too, you’re all too kind!). Oh, and to play with guitar-maestro Steve Crain, it’s like having dessert first, and being left blissfully in a food coma, but for your ears … I’m so full of the #warmandfuzzies ❤❤❤  #untilnexttime #musiclovers #rubyosnewtown #duo #livemusic #shamelesspromotions #myhappyplace



 

 

 

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Rubyos – we can’t get enough of you!

Another gig done and dusted. It’s always a pleasure to share our music with you, guests of Rubyos. You are beautifully warm and appreciative, and we couldn’t ask for a better audience #feelthewarmandfuzzies 😘 😘 😘 Thank you also for letting me play you a few originals #whatatreat! And to our wonderful hosts @rubyosnewtown, your hospitality and calamari are divine and I’ll be having garlic dreams for days 🤗❤🤗❤🤗❤🤗❤ Thank you and catch you next month #musiclovers 😘 #mondayditties #rubyosnewtown #canyouseeme #reflections #shamelesspromotions 🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵

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Much Love to You Mr and Mrs Layden

The convenience of being part of the band is that you get the best views 😉 what a great privilege to be able to share in Bec and Brett’s special day; thank you for asking me to sing! ❤️ Congrats to the new Mr & Mrs Layden! 👰🏼 #wedding #rainhailorshine #mrandmrs #ceremony #weddingsinger #toastywarminside #mrandmrslayden

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#MondayDitties (with yours truly and Dave Park) at Rubyos

A big massive shout out to Badrul and the staff at Rubyos, thanks so much for making us feel at home and having us play on Fri night =) To all who joined us and packed out the restaurant, I’m sending you all squishy hugs and much love! 🤗 thank you for letting me share with you some of my favourite tunes. ❤️❤️❤️ #rubyosnewtown #duo #livemusic #shamelesspromotions #imonthewindow #mondayditties #hometime (side note: the featured pic was taken way after the gig finished; there was a great number of people in the restaurant whilst we played, promise! =p)

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Congrats to Domenica and Michael!

I just wanted to congratulate Domenica and Michael, who despite hiccups and dramas (it’s not a wedding unless there’s drama) got married today! HURRAY!!! So many thanks need to said to you both – thank you for letting me share your special day, thank you for requesting an original for me to sing and share, and thank you for also requesting an awesome power ballad for your registry song. So many goals were kicked today! =p Let’s face it, it’s not every day I get to indulge and sing an original at someone else’s wedding and it’s not every day I get to belt out some Celine Dion, so thank you thank you thank you!!!

Wishing you both all the happiness in the world as you start this crazy journey we call marriage =)

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Jubilation at Carols on the Beach, Avalon

Ah, one of the great joys of Christmas is being able to bring the festive cheer as part of Jubilation to Carols on the Beach at Avalon. Thankfully this year the power stayed on for the whole gig (last year the power shorted in the middle of the set and we were left to sing in the dark with only Moses on drums to accompany us – the show must go on!) and the crowd lavished us with their love and attention as we sang and danced the night away. To my fellow Jubes, love you girls to the moon and back! A massive thank you to the organisers for having us and for always putting on an amazing spread afterwards =p #bestgreenroomtreatment and last but certainly not the least, thank you to Joy and Dave for your constant love, leadership and for all that you have made Jubilation to be.

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Solo Gig at Frenchies Bistro & Brewery

On the weekend, I had the great privilege of playing a solo gig at Frenchies Bistro & Brewery which is located inside the Cannery in Rosebery. Frenchies is a newish little establishment, who brew their own craft beers, have delish French inspired platters AND is kid friendly SO I was fortunate enough to have a bunch of my awesome students and their families come along and see me play.

Now being that it was my first proper solo gig where I was singing and playing, with no body to lean on but myself, I was already a little exposed and feeling a little vulnerable but oh boy! Add on top of that the reality of ‘leading by example’ and actually singing and playing in front of my students … eeek talk about being a nervous-wreck! Thankfully, all the crazy stuff that was going on inside my head didn’t come out in my hands or my voice – or so my students report =p I think the idea of leading by example is completely logical in my head, however the reality of it was certainly not what I was expecting; it’s much scarier and very sobering to know that my example as a performer (and as a human) was in a way, paving the road for my students … eeek! I hope they didn’t hear all my mistakes =p

Despite all of my crazy thoughts, I do want to say a big huge THANK YOU to Thomas, Vincent and all the staff at Frenchies for having me. A big shout out to the kitchen staff who I caught singing along to the tunes and dancing around the kitchen as they prepped the platters and meals coming out. Thank you also to all my beautiful students and their families who came out in support of me and my music.

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Braga Jazz Night – the write up!

“A superb quality of jazz singing from a charming, warm-hearted lady from Sydney has added a wonderful story of this event. Jessica is a remarkable singer who has it all. She doesn’t need to show off. She sings from her heart, get totally into each song and keep the beauty of the melody, resulting a heartfelt performance.” Jazzuality

Gosh talk about a killer write up! The joy and honour was all mine! Thanks Jazzuality!

For the full article check out jazzuality.com

We played 3rd so you’ll have to scroll a little to get to the bit about me.

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