jess higgs

jess higgs

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Singer-songwriter Jess Higgs is an exciting and powerful young voice in contemporary music. Her stage presence, dynamic voice and sultry looks are crowd stoppers! Jess’s performances encompass, playful soul, sensual blues and cool jazz. She is accompanied by keyboardist and guitarist Tony McMinn

Biography

Jess Higgs Biography
From Sydney's Northern Beaches, Jess Higgs is an exciting and powerful young voice in contemporary music. Jess’s music is cool jazz with a touch of contemporary roots and soul.
Trained in classical piano since she was young, Jess began singing in public when she was ten. Even at that young age, she had a huge, warm, dynamic voice with a stage presence to match. She has been recognized as the winner of numerous competitions in both classical and contemporary singing. She first sang live on radio at 12 years of age performing the classic "Cry Me a River ". The following year Jess met award winning songwriter, Jay Collie, and co –wrote her first song. This was the discovery of her new passion – songwriting. Since then Jess has not stopped writing and has benefited from the experience and encouragement of seasoned industry musicians and writers including Sydney music industry identity Barbra Griffin, (Sony Publishing, Amiel & Alex Lloyd).

Jess’s musical influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Alicia Keys, Christine Aguilera, Etta James, India Arie, Jack Johnson, Gavin Degraw and Frank Sinatra.

"She is easily one of the most gifted vocalists and songwriters I've worked with. Her intrinsic knowledge and affinity for stagecraft and performance leaves me with no doubt that she's definitely done it all before in at least 3 previous lives. If anyone was ever born to do it...it's Jess"
Jay Collie, Jonahs Road, Sony Publishing 2005

"She’s young, gutsy, vivacious and when Jess stands up she brings everyone to attention and draws the crowd in. An amazing night’s entertainment!! Thomas Olsen, Owner DISH, restaurant in Newport

During the past four years, she has been a guest soloist at corporate functions including events for Nokia, MLC and the Australian Liquor Stores Association, organized by the highly respected, events management company, “Infinity Productions.” Jess has also performed as a guest artist with cover bands in hotels around Perisher Valley, Thredbo and Sydney.

At the end of 2004, Jess began writing and performing with Rob Rogers, mixing the old with the new, and developing a unique sound, encasing the deep soul of an "old" guitar and the freedom of a young voice, in original acoustic melodies. Throughout 2005 and 2006, while Jess was in her last years at school, they performed at Molong Arts Festival along with Renee Geyer and Thirsty Merc and at the 2005 Manly Jazz Festival as the support act for a-ka (2004 European Indie Band of the year) and had regular restaurant gigs in Sydney at Dish, Different Drummer, The Inch and Hard Rock Café. Jess was also invited to perform at Sydney’s pre-eminent music venue, The Basement, where the full stage enabled Jess to reach out and captivate the audience. Her passion and love for music shone through in a lively and well-attended performance. She was, in the words of Rob Hirst (from Midnight Oil and Hirst & Greene) “the star".

The following year at only sixteen she recorded her debut EP, Jess Higgs with Rob Rogers

Jess has now finished school and, with love and emotion, is weaving music into every moment of her life. Rob has since gone overseas and Jess has been performing regularly with her new keyboardist and guitarist, Tony Mc Minn. She also sings with Joy Yates’ Jube Town Choir, co-writes dance music and regularly performs her wonderful style of lounge music in restaurants and corporate functions. She has recently started singing at weddings and loves the opportunity to bring that special element to the ceremony and the dinner. Her dinner gigs are a sophisticated and sultry mix of originals & covers.

Edited April 2007

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Set List

Example songlist
Set 1
- Corcovado – A min
- aint no sunshine- a min
- whats going on -
- dance me to the end of love- C#min
- moondance-A min
- the look of love – A min
- don’t know why - C
- she will be loved – D
- summer in the afternoon - C
- you’ve got a friend- Capo 2 - G

set 2 - nearness of you – C
- summertime- A min
- come away with me – A min
- wonderwall – capo 4th
- cry me a river- C min
- fields of gold -
- landslide- D
- girl from impanema
- I try - D
- Fire and rain - A
- tea for two – minus 2 G min
- under my skin – minus 4 –

dessert/end of night
- change the world
- shape of my heart – capo 3 – A min
- tracks of my tears
- walking in Memphis- C
- wonderwall – capo 4th
- hallelujah
- sail away –plus 1
- imagine - D
- Babylon – capo 4t
- Moondance- a min
- Angel
- night and day
- careless love
- stormy weather
- the man I love
- I get a kick out of you
- Hit the road jack
- Desifinado
- It had to be you
- Fl