Jessica Paige
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Jessica Paige

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | SELF

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | SELF
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"Once Upon a Time Album Review by Bobby Jo Valentine Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)"

Artist: Jessica Paige
Album: Once Upon A Time

If charm were a sound, it would be Jessica Paige’s new album "Once Upon A Time". Rich, haunting, well written, and full of beautiful moments, Jessica Paige’s latest offering will be a favorite of anyone who loves clever pop, fairy tales that mean something, and musical beauty. Paige has been reverberating around the music scene for 7 years, and her latest album is another step in the right direction. The music has a depth and melodic sensibility that will capture the listener’s heart and hold it for the entire length of the record. This is a concept album, and a well-done one at that.

The album starts out strong with “Never Land,” which has some haunting strings, with Jessica talking about the fabled Peter Pan landscape with wishful, poetic lyrics. “You left your window open/for Peter Pan to fly back/Yet the curtains of your childhood were closed.” Jessica manages to mix the pain and necessity of growing up with equal points of sorrow and beauty. The arrangement on this track is gorgeous, with a wonderful piano solo towards the end and heart-tugging strings fading in and out of the soundscape.

“Huckleberry Finn” is easily one of the best tracks of the album with its charming duet, and a wonderful bridge. “The future is unwritten/ships passing by, paper tigers in the night.” The melody is fantastic, Jessica’s voice is beautiful, and the affection is heart-felt. The chemistry between the Jessica and Josh is unmistakable. “Huckleberry Finn”, although full of indie sensibility and charmingly eclectic musicianship, will definitely see some radio time. A harp introduction ushers in “Little Fish,” a pretty track about adventure that climbs steadily to an electric guitar-driven climax.

“Grey” is another memorable track with a xylophone clinking through a wonderful story of a lover dealing with a bittersweet. “Give me your hand/tell me how you feel/I am not so cold, I am not so cold.” Romantic, but heartbreaking, “Grey” will be another fan favorite. “If it was good/the seven plagues couldn’t stop us/if it was good/it wouldn’t feel so wrong.” Jessica’s vocals soar through this track, and her songwriting is at its best. There is a beautiful reverb siren that swirls around the track, just for an instant, but will send chills down the listener’s spine.

“Teddy’s Song” is a nostalgic track about loving your favorite stuffed animal that feels like it belongs in the “Toy Story” series soundtrack, in a good way. Her teddy talks to the girl in the song, giving her advice and hoping that she doesn’t throw him away when she gets older. The track is softly and tenderly played and sung, and the piano track is stunning.

Other memorable tracks include “Dorothy,” where Jessica asks some questions about the familiar story we all know. “Is it too late now/what about Tin Man’s heart? ‘Cause home is very far.” It is a track full of wonderful word pictures and a playful violin swaying in and out of the background.

“Don’t Fly Too Long” has a beautiful organ fading in and out, and takes the listener on an emotional journey through the dangers of life. There are beautiful harmonies that Jessica adds to the chorus here, and give it an eerie, wonderful feel. Like several on this album, “Don’t Fly Too Long” is guaranteed to give the listener goosebumps.

Wonderful production values, powerful songwriting, and some amazing orchestral arrangements help this indie pop album to charm its way into the listener’s heart. There are times when the album could use another upbeat track or two to pick up the speed, but that doesn’t detract from the beauty and talented lyricism of Jessica Paige. “Once Upon A Time” will be listened to twice upon a time, thrice upon a time, and will probably make its way into many listeners’ repeat playlists. - Ariel Cyber PR

"Back of Our Minds review"

Melbourne songstress Jessica Paige was awarded a grant by the Australia Council for Arts so that she could record these delicious tracks featured on her EP ‘Back of our minds’. The girl’s got class ladies and gents! She has a very mature and vibrant voice with wonderful range; it’s a pleasure to listen to her sing.
She has created a great mix of acoustic pop/rock with a pinch of jazz. It’s easy to see that Jessica will go far in our current musical climate, where female acoustic music is growing more and more popular. Having said that, she does present a different sound that can’t be said is a clone of other artists.

The title track ‘Back of our Minds’ sent shivers down my spine on first listen. The song is not just a random jumble of words with acoustic guitar; it’s a superb poem that makes sense, something that you will find as a constant feature in Jessica Paige’s music.

While each song on the CD shares a common sweet sound, each is different, and you can’t really accuse Jessica of being repetitive and unimaginative. ‘It's crazy baby’ showcases her Jazz influence; the vocals on this track are impressive and very powerful. You can only give one artist so much praise…but to finish off, Jessica Paige has delivered a wonderfully mature and brilliant CD, flowing with her gorgeously vibrant voice and surrounded by jazzy pop/rock acoustic sounds. It really is a treat.
Steph B

- Oz Music project

"Duo review Dec 2008"

“Jess and Josh were absolutely magnificent. They fit the tone of our Gala evening perfectly, very engaging and just so brilliantly talented.”
- Caitlin Grigsby, Bluestocking Organisation

"She commands attention ... Track review"

This woman is amazing! Love the vocals. Love the lyrics. This Gem is no ruff diamond. She is a Crystal of knowledge and power. She makes you just relax and listen to her voice. I love her i love her.. Why aren't you famous yet? That's o.k. - you wil be our secret.

Track Reviewer


- Track Reviews

"Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Brunswick, May 07"

In a little restaurant-bar down the quieter end of Brunswick, an intimate crowd were treated to an evening of unique, sincere and honest talent.
On the stage and in the spotlight first was Melbourne’s own Jessica Paige, winner of last year’s JB Seed Grant and numerous other songwriting awards. With a simple beauty and sweet smile, the 21-year-old opened the show with her soulful and emotive pop-alternative ballads.

Without disregarding her talents in creating music, what is immediately impressive is the quality of Jessica’s voice. Caressing the atmosphere with her soft blend of smooth tones and gentle whispers, you can hear her thinking out aloud, the effortless sounds seemingly youthful, but mature at the same time. Through tracks such as her first single Under My Skin and the soon-to-be-recorded Flying Away (about the conflict in Afghanistan), Jessica Paige confirmed her status as one of the country’s most promising singer- songwriters.
- Youth Central: Eira Aringay

"Live Band Review Greyhound Hotel"

Jess & the Paige Boys @ The Evelyn

Female-fronted by the leather-skirted-and-one-red-stockinged Jess on gee-tar and vocals, she and her Paige Boys take the stage and proceed to fuel proceedings with some very amicable acoustic-tinged folk rock – this is minimalist folk at its finest. Sparse and pleasantly understated, there are moments of quite painful beauty which tend to erupt every so often into virulent crescendos in dynamic contrast to the relatively cruisy nature of the music as a whole.

Jess's vocals are high and defiantly melodic without being cloying,…. She tends to sigh deeply and audibly before each number, a charming reminder that this girl with the surprisingly developed voice is actually relatively unseasoned – and utterly earnest in her delivery… it adds up to lend a spark of youthful, enthusiastic passion that is all too easily lost in a lot of musicians nowadays.

Of particular note is the inclusion of a rather inventive keyboardist in the mix, who swings from quietly ethereal to jaunty honky-tonk style chunking as the mood sees fit. A lead guitar occasionally blasts into the solo spotlight with rock-like leads which, surprisingly, do not seem out of place at all.
Jess and the Paige Boys have pretty much honed the art of minimalist musicality to a fine point… Jess’ voice receives compliments aplenty… the set is smoking.
- by Toby McCasker


We introduce the first JB Seed recipient, Jessica Paige – what a voice!"

One of the JB Seed grant winners, Jessica Paige is set to release the first track from her debut EP Under My Skin, through Sound Vault Records, to radio this week. This 21 year old Melbournian singer/songwriter will rock your socks, with one the most heavenly voices we’ve heard all year and gorgeous lyrics to match.

With a tour starting November running through to December, it won’t be long until Jess blows you away. Together with her band Jess & The Paige Boys have played a dozen festivals and over a hundred and fifty gigs around Melbourne and Sydney. For more information on the JB Seed, visit

(The Music Network is a highly regarded industry magazine)

- The Music Network


2011 - New album of beautiful songs, several co-written with Luke Howard, "Once Upon a Time", is about to be released. It is available for dowmload now on HJessica's website and will be launched soon around the country.
EP "Under My Skin" released November '06.
Tracks receive radio airplay on community radio, ABC regionally and nationally, regularly charting on satellite radio, streaming via My Space (90,000+ profile views).
All songs available on Amazon, iTunes internationally.
6 tracks - Under my Skin, Buckley, Let it Out, My Best Friend, Pitter Pat and Dear Sweet Friend.
Tracks share many awards in national and international competitions.

EP - "Back of Our Minds" released Sept 2004 - 6 tracks.
Under My Skin (acoustic), No Guarantees, Back of Our Minds, Hate's A Baby, It's Crazy Baby, Dirty Secrets.
6 national and international awards.




Jessica Paige is a young Melbourne singer/songwriter. Her style is alternative pop and she is currently recording her next release.

Jessica's music has been played on international podcasts, internet radio, satellite radio, digital stores, national TV on several programs. Tracks are licenced to films and TV shows.
Live video on this profile and Youtube

Jessica has recently supported Aussie greats Mark Seymour and Xavier Rudd on festival stages.
She released her first EP, "Back of Our Minds" in 2004. It gathered 6 songwriting awards - national and international. She followed up with EP Under My Skin which also won a swag of awards for the songs (see below for details of awards).
Adam Johnston, Sound Vault Director, says "Jessica Paige plays from the heart. It has been a pleasure to listen to her songs.. she is totally unique and infectious."

Jessica has recently added events such as weddings and special events to her and has been getting great testimonials from those performances.

Recent Press and Exposure
Folk Rhythm and Life Festival
Winner, Australian Songwriters Association, Open Section and and Pop/Dance Section with song "Miss You" ( co-write with J. Marantz)
Vic Rocks Grant for "Once Upon a Time"
Guest performer on Adam Hills' pilot program for his new show
Australia Day celebrations - Willow Creek Winery Day on the Green, featured artist.
Jessica has recently been to the USA taking in L.A., Nashville and New York, meeting music folks there and generally checking out the music scene and following up some opportunities for her songs. These are coming to fruition in 2011.

Attended Big Sound Conference in Brisbane (Vic Rocks grant)
Recording with multi Aria award-winning producer, Charles Fisher.
Festival appearances in South Australia (Fleurieu Peninsula Folk Festival) and Bendigo (Gorgeous Voices).
March - Warrandyte Festival, Jess & Josh Duo.

Headlined Manningham Spring Festival, Melbourne.
Melbourne Town Hall duo performance for Australian Regional Women Leaders' Gala Dinner
Darebin Music Feast Audience Choice Award (from over 150 acts).
Band Residency at the indie headquarters of Melbourne's music scene - The Espy.
APRA S3 Song Summit Sydney performance for NAB's "Play the Music" showcase.
Banyule Twilight Sounds Festival (supporting Mark Seymour).
Corinbank Festival (near Canberra- supporting Xavier Rudd)

Australian Musician magazine interview
The Vanguard (Sydney), Jessica performed a sold-out show.
The Autumn 2007 issue of The Australian Musician magazine carried Jessica's interview with John Butler, who assisted her through his JB Seed Program.
Jessica was profiled in the April '07 issue of ROLLING STONE and her song on the compilation CD on the cover of the magazine, along with tracks by John Butler and other notable Aussie acts.
National cable TV channel on Foxtel, The Max, also featured Jessica in a documentary in March titled "Launchpad for Legends" profiling her as an emerging talent to watch. Jess was interviewed and her performance at the huge St Kilda Festival was aired in this documentary.
In January '07, Qantas added Jessica's single to their in-flight radio program. The song was also added to the national ABC online radio initiative "Oztrax" and her EP has been featured by several stations around the country as album of the week.

Jessica toured the East Coast several times as well as to Canberra and Adelaide.

Jessica & the Paige Boys were recipients of the generous JB (John Butler) Seed grant which assisted with promotion for her EP release and November/December 2006 band tour from Melbourne to Brisbane and back.

The tour and EP release has been publicised with radio interviews all over the east Coast of Australia including an interview on national and internationally syndicated Barry Bissell's Top 20 Countdown radio program. Interviews, editorials and advertisements in music press and newspapers appeared in Brisbane, Byron Bay, Newcastle, Melbourne and Sydney.
The video of "Under My Skin" was aired on national music program, Video Hits and Rage.

AWARDS and Distinctions
July - Jessica made it to the Showcase on crowdfunding site "Slice the Pie".
She was also selected for a scholarship by Vic Arts to attend the Big Sound Music Conference in Brisbane in September.
May - UN/Fender Music Foundation selects Jessica's song "Sleepy Head" for the Band Together2 compilation

NAB Songwriting Competition entry "Sing like Buckley" awarded "Outstanding" status.
Played The St Kilda Festival for the second year running.
Jessica was one of only three acts Australia-wide to be directly invited by APRA to play at their showcase at the inaugural Song Summit in Sydney.

Top 10, Pop, national New Artists 2 Radio (NA2R)
Glenn Shorrock Scholarship Award - Spe