Jessie Sparks

Jessie Sparks

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Jessie Sparks ~ Singer/Songwriter/Musician ~ Performing & Recording Artist

Biography

On the back of a winning showcase at Victoria's renowned Blue Diamond in 2008 Jessie Sparks without doubt is an accomplished Australian Singer, Songwriter & Musician whom continues to gain widespread recognition for her unique sound & awesome live performances.

In 2007, working with Mark Donnelly, Nathan Liow & Ken Lim, Jessie commenced production of her latest original album ‘Breathe Easy’ next to Matthew Voigt & Ross Cockle at Sing Sing Studios. The Contemporary record has featured internationally in countless venues & aired on numerous radio stations & podcasts, & continues to do so throughout 2008! Accompanied by interviews & print & online reviews, the album has been commended by longstanding industry figures such as Daryl Braithwaite, Russell Morris, Renee Geyer, Peter Smith & Christine Sullivan.

Following successful performances in NZ alongside maestro James Schneider, Jessie also completed a brief Acting Intensive program at NIDA & featured for a YCA charity event. Having consulted with David Keogh at Perfect Pitch, Kim Morley at Salt Productions & Abby Gee at One Little Indian the record has been endorsed to TuneCore with various offers still under consideration.

In 06 reviewed by IMG Music & with tracks airing on Generation Mix, Direct Music Media & Pulse Rated (where voted into the USA Hot Trax), Jessie completed an Advanced Jazz Piano course with Steve Sedegreen via the CAE & appeared in a number of independent short films with SU.

In 05 succeeding her support performance for acclaimed band Frost, Jessie endorsed recordings to Antichocko Productions for an SBS TV series & partnered with some of Victoria’s leading entertainment agencies, music venues & event management companies.

In 04 after consulting with Dean Karena at Beagle Productions Jessie collaborated on recordings with Greg O'Shea & Dorian West. Despite an offer from Warner she went on to record an EP with Strange Fruit Jazz Band (comprising of Lei Gu, Ian Rutherford, David Upton & Lim) as well as her acoustic duo (assisted by Carl Schubert at Metropolis Studios) following the launch of The Jessie Sparks Duo & Trio with Donnelly, & bassists including Ben Wicks, Chris Schurmann, John Kingma, Brendan Tsui & Lim to date.

In 03 Jessie recorded numerous Singles for JC at Hi-End Productions, Ariez 3 at INE-K Pro, Glen Oakes at Electrophonic & Jon Lee. As a store manager within Sanity Entertainment she also collaborated with Lee Trevena from Frost then re-united with Hi-End to produce her second original EP.

In 01 a move to Canada lead Jessie to record with Scott Woolard at Barrell House Sound then Owen Belton at Craft House Studios in conjunction with Apex Records, & throughout 02 her performances were keenly acknowledged by audiences all over BC.

In 2000 Jessie initiated a Bachelor of Dramatic Art at DU whilst promoting with Visions Casting. Following performances in LA, alongside Mark Fitzgibbon & Shayne Ryall her debut EP underwent production with Brent Debernardi at ESP then Joe Camilleri & Robin Mai at Woodstock Studios, later airing on Fox Radio.

In 97 Jessie was accepted by AFS to study in the USA where her vocals received accolades in Illinois, Iowa & Chicago, & in 98 she was granted a full vocal scholarship to attend the VCA. Also working at 3MBS Radio Jessie further hosted & produced various productions for Channel 31 & RMITV.

Throughout & well beyond an entire education Jessie has practiced & pursued numerous facets of voice, piano, musicianship, dramatic art & dance, all the while inspiring a repertoire & delivery that cannot help but strike a chord with devoted listeners or those who meet her music by chance.

Jessie Sparks is a member of APRA-AMCOS & PPCA.

Lyrics

Breathe Easy

Written By: Jessie Sparks

Easy is a choice you make
So why do i choose hard? don’t I know it
Loving can be easy
But it always breaks my heart

Guys can be friends & then
It’s stressed by their incline
Girls can be close but then
They too can be unkind

Complicated, irritating
Must it be this way?
Misunderstanding, too demanding
I want to throw that all away

I want to breathe easy, take it slow
I want to live life simply
I want to taste it, don’t want to waste it
I want to feel it, no time to heal it
I won’t choose hard no more

A smile can say one thousand words
One tear a million more, don’t you know it
Why can’t we always speak the truth
Tell me what do we lie for?

All the anguish & confusion
Frustration at a fall
Desperation & delusion
I want to rise above it all

I want to breathe easy, take it slow
I want to live life simply
I want to taste it, don’t want to waste it
I want to feel it, no time to heal it
I won’t choose hard

No I won’t analyse or criticise
Or waste my time on things I know aren’t worthwhile
I won’t hold back, I won’t breakdown
You can’t stop me, you won’t shake me now

I want to breathe easy, take it real slow
I want to live life simply
I want to taste it, don’t want to waste it
I want to feel it, no time to heal it
I won’t choose hard no more

Bended Knee

Written By: Jessie Sparks

Thought you hung the moon when you said goodnight
Down on your knees playin’ out a scene
Sayin’ you’re the one who will treat me right
Some kind of wonderful, some kind of hero

I know if we gave it sometime
you’d see it wouldn’t be the same
Yes I know if we give it away
I’ll feel no need to blame

‘Cause I see my temper risin’
The baby’d be cryin’
While I patiently wait for you
To find your way home
People’d be talkin’
‘Bout your late night workin’
So baby don’t go down on bended knee

You hold me close, you hold me tight
Sayin’ all these things like you’ve been rehearsin’
Not lettin’ go & not givin’ in
Sweet’n kind, there’s a way about you

I know if we gave it sometime
You’d see it wouldn’t be the same
Yes I know if we give it away
I’ll feel no need to blame

‘Cause I see my temper risin’
The baby’d be cryin’
While I patiently wait for you
To find your way home
People’d be talkin’
‘Bout your late night workin’
So baby don’t go down on bended knee

‘Cause I see my temper risin’
The baby’d be cryin’
While I patiently wait for you
To find your way home
People’d be talkin’
‘Bout your late night workin’
So baby don’t go down on bended
Baby let’s not keep pretendin’
Baby don’t go down on bended knee

Strength

Written By: Jessie Sparks

I used to think we could make it on our own
We are strong, oh so strong
It used to be we could stand all on our own
We were strength, we were strength

But we’re not
Yes we were but I can’t & I won’t no more

The starlight all around us shines much dimmer now
& the wind that pushed us onward seems to have died down
& heavy rain keeps washing our direction from the ground

We were strength
We were strength
We were strength
But we’re not no more

We’ve walked in line of fire without being shot down
We stood strong, oh so strong
We’ve cut through ropes & ties all the times our hands were bound
We were strength, we were strength

But we’re not
Yes we were but I can’t & I won’t no more

Our shield & our amour is nowhere to be found
& flesh that healed within a day won’t stop bleeding now
& when the sky is falling we let it push us down

We were strength
We were strength
We were strength
But we’re not no more

I wanna shake away the weakness, don’t wanna fake my only happiness
I wanna shake away the weakness, don’t wanna fake my only happiness
I wanna shake away the weakness