Jessie Lark is a singer-songwriter from Southern California. Her original music has drawn accolades from peers, and she was a 2019 nominee for Best Singer/Songwriter at the San Diego Music Awards. Composing on piano and guitar, Jessie’s original songs draw from a lifelong passion to explore the world through songwriting. She has been featured performing the National Anthem for the Padres and the Chargers, as well as endorsed by Logitech Ultimate Ears. Jessica has opened for artists including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Rick Springfield.
My first performance was singing “Over The Rainbow” when I was 5 years old at my Elementary School Talent show. I wasn’t able to stay on the beat singing along to the karaoke track so my Mom had me sing the song acapella. After the performance, the school’s music teacher told my Mom I “had the ear” and I could be a real singer if I ever wanted to be. From there my parents encouraged my musical ambitions and enrolled me in piano lessons when I was 8. My teacher encouraged me to sing while I played and that lead to me writing my first song when I was 14. Music was an escape where I could feel very connected to myself and the world around me, something I struggled a lot with in normal life which I would later come to find was a result of Inattentive ADHD (which would not get diagnosed until I was an adult). I got a sense of euphoria singing songs and feeling like I was in the right place doing the right thing- which obviously is very addicting.
Being nominated for the SDMA Best Singer/Songwriter award, and playing the main stage at the House of Blues!
Releasing honest music without filtering myself. Songwriting is such a personal thing, and you have to really let people in to personal experiences. It’s easy to be self-critical, and you have to let go of pursuing perfection so that you can keep creating art.
My husband, Kevin built us a wonderful home studio that took years of tears to learn how to use. We’ve both developed a great respect for the art of recording music because it is so hard, so nuanced, and so exciting when you get it right. “After Hours” was a beast to make, we had no clue what we were doing, started over many times, and were exhaustedly satisfied to finish it.
After (h)Ours is a play on words. We had to record late at night because our studio is not soundproof (after hours), and other part of it highlights that all of the songs tell stories about what happens in different phases of relationships (after ours).
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