Written from the gut with relatable lyrics and tasty musical hooks, Jessica's sound is contagious. Routed in pop traditions and nurtured by bad behaviour, she pulls from confessions, lives lived and loves lost and found.
November 2012 - Aachen, Germany. Recording commenced on her third studio album. Canadian and European releases are scheduled for March of 2013.
Jessica's latest single, “Warning Signs,” co-writen and recorded with Producer Jeff Dawson, (Daniel Powter, State of Shock, The Dudes) was announced as a finalist in the 2011 International Songwriting Competition for the Adult Contemporary category. "Warning Signs" shows a more pop-centric side of Jessica and trended well on AC Radio.
She has opened for notable bands such as Headley, Wanting Qu, Simple Plan, Mobile, Lily Frost and SilverSun Pickups.
Her recent exploration into co-writing with the SAC landed Jessica a placement with international Asian pop stars S.H.E. who recorded and released the song "Take Me" (Shouliú wo) on their 2010 album "Shero". Their 2010 album was the third best selling album in Taiwan, with over 120,000 copies sold.
With comparisons to artists like Fiona Apple, Adele and Amy Winehouse, her sound is well-received on both commercial and campus radio.
Growing up, she was exposed to a broad range of music - everything from skate punk to club dub.
As a child Jessica could often be found lying under the stereo, belting out tunes along with Sam Cooke and Linda Ronstadt. At age five, her father rescued a piano from a church basement and refinished it in their garage, allowing Jessica to channel her creative energy.
As a teenager she bounced across the country between Victoria and Toronto before landing in the middle, making her home in Calgary. There she began recording demos with a local producer at Organic Sounds Studio, releasing her first independent EP in 2003.
In 2004, she won Calgary's 'Unsigned Vibe' contest, allowing her to record her Sticky Hands album and produce three music videos for the singles; "Change," "The World" and "Sticky Hands." The album's 2006 commercial debut obtained national distribution in Canada, charted radio airplay and video play on Much Music and MuchMore Music.
Jessica’s 2009 studio release, For Your Protection gained continued radio airplay and demonstrated the consistent strength of her songwriting.
Jessica has established a diverse catalogue of music throughout her career that represents her growth as both a songwriter and performing artist.
2012 Vancouver Province
2011 Vancouver Province
2011 Calgary Herald
2011 Ottawa Citizen
2011 Saskatoon Star Phoenix
2010 Cover story & feature article in Muzik Etc Magazine
2010 Vancouver Province
2009 St John's Telegram
2009 The National Post
2008 Toronto Star
2009 JunoFest (Vancouver)
2008 Canada Music Week (Toronto)
2007 New Music West (Vancouver)
2007 Toronto Independent Music Awards (Toronto)
2007 Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, Germany)
2006 Western Canadian Music Awards (Vancouver)
2005 Canada Music Week (Toronto)
2012 Canucks Autism Foundation; World Autism Day
2009 "Cates For the Cure"
2009 Vancouver Music Industry in support of the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach Program
2009 "Babes For Breasts"
2007 Cates for the Cure
2006 Engineers Without Border
Jessica Beach - Lead Vocals, Piano/Keyboard
Darren Parris - Bass
Tim Proznick/Jay Deachman - Drums
Rebecca Ramone - Guitar and backing vocals
Chris Beach - Guitar
2013 wait for it
2012 “Warning Signs" Single
2009 For Your Protection
2006 Sticky Hands
2003 Jessica Beach EP
2012 "Warning Signs", commercial radio rotation
2010 "Stronger Man", commercial radio rotation
2008 "Sticky Hands" commercial radio rotation and video Rotation on Canada's MuchMore Music
2006 "Change (Bounds) in radio rotation and aired on Much Music
2006 "The World", in radio rotation, MediaBase charted on Top 40 (Hot A/C and Rock Radio)
2005 "Endless" commercial radio rotation
FILM & TV
- Appearances -
2011 - Live performance Saddle Up on Shaw TV, Calgary
2009 - Live performance Global Morning News, Vancouver
2009 - Featured Interview FMA Entertainment Weekly, BC
2008 - Featured in Documentary, ZDF TV, Germany
- Placements -
2007 - Turn Soul Films, Los Angeles “The World” used in the full length feature film "I'm Through with White Girls"
2005 - Stamp Films production, Netherlands. "Break Away" appears on the soundtrack for the full length feature “Living With 2”
2004 - CBC-TV - songs "Change (Bound)" and "Cycles" aired on the CBC Television program ZED
2004 "Break Away", www.garageband.com/artist/jessicabeach
- #1 for 6 months in Pop category
- Top 10 for over 1 year
- Track of the day May 30, 2004
- Track of the week Apr. 19 - 25, 2004
2003 "Change (Bound)," www.zed.cbc.ca
- #1 song in 12,663 submissions for 4 weeks 2003
2003 "Cycles," www.zed.cbc.ca
- top 10 of 12,663 submissions for 5+ weeks 2003
Personality, piano, panache
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HEIDI WICKS Special to The Telegram With the tiniest growling, snarling edge married with just t...HEIDI WICKS
Special to The Telegram
With the tiniest growling, snarling edge married with just the right amount of sweetness, Jessica Beach dares you not to listen to her songs.
Her attitude-injected, rollicking cabaret piano stylings sweetly plead, yet simultaneously seem to say, "F-you if you don't want to listen."
It's an intriguing combination. Reminiscent of Fiona Apple, she has a carefree, take-me-or-leave-me essence which has a way of making you want to take it rather than leave it.
Beach will heat up the Martini Bar on George Street in St. John's Saturday at an early time (8 p.m.), and says a big draw in deciding to come to St. John's was that the venue has a nice piano.
"My biggest luxury after chocolate cake is having a nice piano and the gear already there for me when I play somewhere," she said, laughing.
Beach grew up in Toronto and lives in Vancouver, and seems excited to play in Newfoundland for the first time.
"I hear the audiences there get excited and that makes it more fun. Every band I know who has toured there has always come back with a good experience. And I've heard really great things about the art scene there, so I can't wait to come."
She'll be promoting her new CD, "For Your Protection," and promises the show to be a good time.
For anyone not familiar, her musical influences are diverse, from Tom Waits to Marina and the Diamonds. She filters through classics like Sam Cook and Linda Ronstadt to mod influences like MGMT (electronica, psychedelic pop group). She also covers ladies from Stevie Nicks to Katy Perry.
You never quite know what you're going to get.
"I usually write my set lists on the back of a napkin on the plane, or on a receipt while driving, en route to a gig," she laughs, adding that what she plays on a given night depends on her mood.
"We're always looking for new covers. (Folk-rocker) Jay Sparrow is another artist we've been working with lately, so we always love working with people we admire from the world of YouTube and MySpace."
Speaking of those worlds, Beach acknowledges their importance while recognizing that they're not essential for success in the contemporary music biz.
"I had a CBC Zed page when they started, and I had a Garageband account, which was way before MySpace. Those things worked really well for me then. I don't think you can shun them - you sort of have to learn to accept them and maintain them as part of it, but I don't think it's a magic bullet for anybody either. I know artists that work the crap out of them and then everybody comes to their live shows and leave right away. And I also know people who don't give a shit about their MySpace page and just write songs all day instead, and they also put off amazing shows that people love. So, I think a healthy combination of both can be really effective. Administratively they're great tools to keep people updated."
Beach has a Facebook group called TYPAM, which is also the name of the production company she and friend and collaborator Rebecca Ramone operate.
Though her musical influences have a wide range, one common denominator is stage presence. She says that if an artist wants to perform as part of their career (versus just being in the studio), onstage charisma is as important as musical talent.
"People excel in different ways, too. Artists like Liz Phair don't really like to tour, and Fiona Apple didn't really tour her second two albums as much. If you can make a living just selling records and by maybe getting a publishing deal and you don't like touring, then you don't necessarily have to do it anymore. But there needs to be something more compelling than the 18 million other sounds out there, if you are going to tour."
Beach likes a mix of recording and performing.
"I love doing both. I want to be in the studio right now, and when you're on the road you're not at home, but in the studio you're buried away, solitary, so, it's good to have both at different times. So, sometimes on the road I'll come up with something new, and it's troublesome to me that I can't get it (recorded) right away. But then other times you just want to get out there with the people."
"For Your Protection" is available on iTunes and other digital retailers and www.CDBaby.com.
Tickets for the St. John's show are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Martini Bar. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Cover and Feature Article
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Jessica is on the cover and inside feature article of the current Mar/April issue of the nationally ...Jessica is on the cover and inside feature article of the current Mar/April issue of the nationally distributed magazine, Muzik Etc.
Link to full article
Jessica Featured in a profile of Vancouver
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German Broadcaster ZDF featured Jessica in a documentary on Vancouver. Follow this link to watch...German Broadcaster ZDF featured Jessica in a documentary on Vancouver.
Follow this link to watch the on the ZDF website.
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Arts Jessica Beach By Dan McPeake Jessica Beach has always had performance in her blood. Born...
By Dan McPeake
Jessica Beach has always had performance in her blood. Born in Toronto, she grew up with a mother who was a classically trained ballet dancer and an elder brother who works in the film industry. Brought up around the arts, she began playing piano at a young age.
After spending a few years in Victoria, she packed up and moved to Calgary, where she decided to get serious. After releasing an EP, Jessica got a break in 2004, when a Calgary radio station held a contest. The prize: a $100,000 recording contract. Jessica won, and the result was her first full-length album, Sticky Hands.
Shortly after this, she relocated to Vancouver and has been playing at local hotspots ever since. She has been fortunate to share the stage with such local celebs as Shaun Verreault (Wide Mouth Mason), Luke Paquin (Hot Hot Heat), Chris Crippin (Hedley), and Ben Sigston. She also recently opened for Sarah McLachlan in a show for ?McLachlan’s charity.
Last November, she released her third album, For Your Protection, and has been promoting it ever since.
Jessica describes her music as “bluesy pop with an edge” and her influences range from Joan Armatrading and Tom Waits, to Queen and Johnny Cash. Her eclectic love of music has clearly had an influence on her style of play. Whether playing at The Media Club, or at the SaddleDome, Jessica knows how to put on a rockin’ show.
When asked who was the one musician she would love to meet or perform with, she didn’t hesitate in her answer: Juliette Lewis.
Instant Playlist Selections
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Jessica Beach Hard Road (Independent) Local girl Jessica Beach gets her strut on with a swaggering...Jessica Beach
Hard Road (Independent)
Local girl Jessica Beach gets her strut on with a swaggering serving of lite-brand soul. Think a more pop-centric, less retro, and 300-times-more-presentable Amy Winehouse.
For Your Protection - CD Review
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Jessica Beach By Mike Usinger For Your Protection (Independent) There are a couple of possibl...Jessica Beach
By Mike Usinger
For Your Protection (Independent)
There are a couple of possible explanations as to why For Your Protection doesn’t really hold together as an album. One is that Jessica Beach has more voices inside her than Shirley Ardell Mason, better known to the world as Sybil, the psychiatric patient who supposedly harboured 16 different personalities. The other—and more plausible—one is that this too-long-by-half outing was recorded over an extended period.
How else do you explain Beach starting out sounding like a blue-chip star player from the ’90s lounge revival (the jazz-tastic “Other Side”), veering into generic radio-rock territory (“Too Late”), and then suddenly tackling post–riot grrrl pop (the Alanis-channelling rocker “Even Though”). By the end of this totally professional-sounding 13-track album, she’s proved equally adept at Lilith Fair folk (“Stronger Man”), Garbage-brand alt-pop (“Some Times Sometimes”), and even piano-powered MOR (“Eyes of Denial”).
Even if the album plays out like the work of someone with dissociative identity disorder, there’s no denying that Beach knows how to write a song. “Hard Road” is particularly mix-tape worthy, partly for its soul-soaked Muscle Shoals organ trills and partly for sexed-up lines like “I know I fucked up baby/But we’re still lying in the same bed”. If Beach could only learn to exorcise a couple of those inner voices—or at least schedule her recording sessions for the same year—she’d be onto something.
B.C. songstress is winning converts with her debut disc
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Does the world really have room for another pretty young female piano-playing singer/songwriter? Tha...Does the world really have room for another pretty young female piano-playing singer/songwriter? That is not exactly an endangered species, but when the artist is as talented as Jessica Beach, the answer deserves to be a yes.
This Toronto-born, Vancouver-based songstress is turning a growing number of heads with her debut disc, Sticky Hands. It has been out a while now, but is gaining real momentum with its new single, The World." It is charting on a number of different radio formats, while earlier tracks "Change (Bound)" and "Endless (Unbound)" received commercial, CBC, and campus air play. In fact, "Change (Bound)" had a four-week reign as 'Track Of The Week' on CBC-TV's program ZED.
There's a pleasing diversity to Beach's songs and vocals, as they both manage to be melodic and aggressive, adventurous yet accessible. In conversation, she reveals herself to be a real live wire, feisty and funny, while word is she's a very engaging performer.
It's a little surprising then to hear she used to suffer from stagefright. "For the first couple of years, I'd barf before going onstage," she confessed to Tandem. "People would have said I was a bit of a ham as a kid, but I did better performance-wise in groups, rather than wanting to be the lead."
Jessica was hooked on her principal instrument, piano, from age six. She excelled in choir and theatre at school, studied dance at the National Ballet School (and later took hiphop dance), and began writing songs as a teenager. After nomadic teenage years (bouncing between Toronto, Victoria, and Whistler), she settled in Calgary in 1997, and focused upon her passion for music.
"I moved a piano into my house and started writing more than ever before," Beach recalls. "I'd always recorded things on a little TASCAM four track recorder that I still have, and then I found a guy in Calgary with a home studio, and I began to demo some things. Up to that stage, recording music was like a hobby to me, like buying a snowboard, but when I heard that stuff back, I thought 'my god, he made me sound amazing.'"
Material from a subsequent debut nine-song EP was entered into local radio station VIBE 98.5's Unsigned Vibe contest in 2004. Jessica was victorious, receiving funding for a full album, resulting in Sticky Hands. Beach recruited ace Vancouver producer Steven Drake (Odds, The Tragically Hip, 54-40), and they set up shop in top-notch B.C. studio Greenhouse.
Jessica laughingly notes that the intensive recording sessions "absolutely pushed me to be a better musician, the way he would make me play my song for 8 hours straight! Steven's ears are unbelievable. We'd be tracking something, and he'd go 'there's a door open somewhere, I can hear it!' Or, 'there's a fly in the room,' and he'd usually be right."
It's not easy to come up with a simple definition of Jessica's style, but she settles for "bluesy pop with an edge." "This record is a snippet of the ranges I've touched on," she adds. "I like keeping it wide, keeping it open. It is hard to brand yourself while not wanting to stop the growth. The growth is the only thing that makes you write. You do have to give people some consistency. They don't want a Chinese-taco-pizza-joint, They need to know what they're coming to you for, but hopefully they're coming because they like what you bring."
Her eclecticism reflects her diverse inspirations and influences. She has claimed a secret desire is "to be stranded on a deserted island with Tom Waits, a piano and a case of Scotch," while other cultural heroes range from Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk to Anglo singer/songwriter Joan Armatrading.
The prolific Jessica already has plenty of new songs ready to record, and a spontaneous approach to writing will serve her well. "I don't fight my process. The songs just come, and I don't really have a say in it. A song just arrives, I document it, then perform it. I don't look it in the eye too much. I love that sense of surprising myself. That's like Christmas!"
She's planning more cross-country touring, hopefully with her own group. "I just love fronting my band of kick-ass players. I'm a band girl, and there are enough piano-playing female singer/songwriters out there."
The Cameron house live review
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Concert Reviews Indie Week The Cameron House - October 13, 2006 review by Kim Snyder Nothin’...Concert Reviews
The Cameron House - October 13, 2006
review by Kim Snyder
Nothin’ scary about the Cameron House on Friday the 13th
Where else would you want to be on the coldest Friday the 13th this year but at the Cameron House! Always a fun place to listen to live music, tonight’s show was one of several diverse musical lineups at six venues across the city participating in day two of Toronto Indie Week.
Bluesy pop with an edge was Jessica Beach, the final performer of the evening. A keyboard and rich bluesy vocals is all you need to become mesmerized by Jessica’s lyrics, rhythms and harmonies. British Columbia certainly graced us with some great talent this evening, as Jessica shares time between Vancouver and Toronto.
She’s very likeable, captivates the audience immediately, and holds their attention throughout her set. Within the first 5 minutes, you feel like you’ve been friends with her forever.
Jessica was exposed to a variety of musical talents growing up, which has notably influenced what we hear today. Appealing to a broad audience, Jessica just reaches out and grabs you.
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Band: Jessica Beach Hometown: Calgary, Alberta Venue: 360 Date: March 5, 2005 Reporter: Aman...Band: Jessica Beach
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Date: March 5, 2005
Reporter: Amanda Factor
Composition A sassy pianist and vocalist backed by an all-male band.
Comment: Beach has smoky vocals that bring to mind Fiona Apple or Tori Amos and she attacked her keyboard and romantic subject matter with equal amounts of ferocity. Her band of seasoned musicians provided sunny guitars with a slight twang and country flavour.
Achievement of Rock 'n' Roll Expectations
80-100: Exceeds skill and knowledge expectations, i.e. rocked us so hard we peed our pants.
70-79: Achieves required skills and knowledge. Meets rock 'n' roll standard.
60-69: Demonstrates some skills. Approaches rock 'n' roll standard.
50-59: Demonstrates some required skills and knowledge in a limited way.
00-50: Has not demonstrated required skills or knowledge.
Learning Skills: E=Excellent, G=Good, S=Satisfactory, N=Sad Really
Oral And Visual Communication
Eye Contact: E
Stage Presence: E
Stage Banter: E
Use Of Stage: G
Pronounciation: E Beach genuinely looked like she was enjoying herself and with her humorous anecdotes that didn't run on too long she was good at engaging her audience. It doesn't hurt that she's also quite a cutie.
Level Of Participation: E
Problem Solving: G
Work Habits: G
Audience Participation: G
Beach is a decent songwriter, if perhaps relying too heavily on uninspired lines like "Your love is all I need."
Other Skills And Areas Of Interest
Problem Solving: G
Indie Rock Footwear: S
Nods To Disposible Fashion: S
Cool Equipment: G
Level Of Inebriation: G
Actual Ability: E
Beach's forceful voice and contagiously fun attitude carried her performance.
Some of the best stuff I have heard in ages.
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Jessica Beach is one talented singer songwriter. Her music is totally amazing. Some of the best stuf...Jessica Beach is one talented singer songwriter. Her music is totally amazing. Some of the best stuff I have heard in ages.
Interview With Jessica Beach By Chris
1.How did you get into music?
It got into me
2.What were your major influences?
I grew up with all kinds of music around me; everything from Beastie Boys to Marvin Gaye...and I'm secretly in love with Tom Waits.
3.If you could have a three band bill who would they be?
Joan Armatrading, Tom Waits and Annie Lennox
4. What music do you class yourself as?
5. Where do you think you will be in 10 years?
With any luck, I'll in a sequined jump suit, passed out in a pile of my own vomit surrounded by babes... wait, that was someone else's dream. I don't know, but there will be music involved.
6. What has been your best gig you have played so far?
The last show I did in a music room with a grand piano, was sold out all through word of mouth ticket sales, so that made me pretty happy to have a solid turn out with no advertising.
7. What made you want to go out and play music?
8. What are your thoughts on file sharing and the mp3 format?
I could get into this one for a while, but I'll try to sum up: I think it's a great form of advertising for bands - it can do a lot to get their music heard and create awareness for the group... but it's a business and we still need to make a living off the product, so it needs to be integrated with the concept of purchased downloads. There are lots of songs that people would download, but never go out and buy (baby got back, wanted dead or alive...) but when it comes to emerging artists, I would just ask people to keep in mind that if you like what you hear and want more if it, someone has to pay to make it happen.
9. Who would you most like to record a song with?
10. Do you think the internet is good for helping artists get known?
It's been good to me
11. What bands/artists are you listening to lately?
Recent purchases include: The Donnas, Blossom Dearie, Modest Mouse and Metric
12. Who has helped you out the most?
So many people. My family is ridiculously supportive and I have tons of awesome volunteers for everything from website development to ticket sales.
13. If you could be on the simpsons where would you be playing?
14. What has the response been like for your album?
I really just created this CD as a demo, but was able to sell some copies to support my various habits. And it's kept me in black liquorices for the last year, so I guess I'm happy. The CD has opened other doors to make more music, so that's the most I could ask for.
Thanks to Jessica Beach For kindly doing the interview. She Rocks
Various Industry Quotes
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- "An artist who's originality and passion will make legends like Carole King, Kate Bush and Tori A... - "An artist who's originality and passion will make legends like Carole King, Kate Bush and Tori Amos proud...Jessica also puts on a hot live show". - Stewart Meyers, Program Director, Astral Media.
- "Jessica's songs are hooky and very radio-friendly… well-written, well-produced material …fantastic to watch as a live performer!" - Mike Savage, Artist Manager (Meiko), former Senior Director Creative & Media, A&R Worldwide.
- "FOR YOUR PROTECTION is one of those records that from the moment you press play, you know you've found something special. This album defies gravity!" - Matt Schichter Music Director, Fuel 90.3
1. Break Away Run
2. Sticky Hands
3. Even Though
4. Some Times
5. Change (Bound)
6. Granville Doors
8. Too Late
9. Dr Said
10. The World
11. Jealous Girl
13. Hard Road
14. Because I said so
15. Stronger Man
16. Eyes of Denial
17. Falling Fast
19. Broken In
20. Life of Crime
22. One Knife
23. Warning Signs
25. Cheap Junkies
26. Hang on me
27. Last night in LA (Away)
1. Mr Siegal
2. Weakness In Me
3. Crazy Love
5. Stray Cat Strut
6. HeartAttack and Vine
7. Gold Dust Woman
8. Fat Bottom Girls
9. Axis Bold As Love
10. Time to Pretend
11. Rebel Rebel
12. In the midnight hour
13. You really got a hold on me
14. Bring it on home
15. Stand by my woman
14. Hot and Cold
15. Natural Woman
16. Time to Pretend
17. Take me to the river
18. In the Midnight Hour
19. Gee Baby ain't I good to you
20. Let's get it on
22. Ain't Gonna Lose You
23. My Funny Valentine
24. Have a little faith
25. Oh Darling
26. F*ck You
27. No One
28. All I Need
29. Turning Tables
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