Sometimes authentic country music artists do not grow up in what we would consider hotbeds of country music. Sometimes they grow up in Haslev, Denmark, the native town of current Seattle resident, Jessica Lynne, a sensational and rising Nashville Recording Artist and of the Pacific Northwest's most successful artists. She explains how it all started: “When I was 12, I was home with the flu and our TV provider had a “chance channel” available for a limited time. Well, this time it was CMT and being at home with nothing to do and feeling really horrible, I just kind of left it on that channel and little by little just fell in love with the genre.” Faith Hill’s, Wild One, a song that was #1 at the time, inspired her immediately. “I felt like she was singing about me,” she remembers. “It touched my heart in a way that I had never felt before.”
Making the move from Denmark to the US in 2010 was actually not as strange a transition as it seems. Her Dad and his family live in Seattle and Jessica felt that being surrounded by a supportive network of family would be the kind of positive energy she needed to adjust to the big change.
Once settled, Jessica wasted no time adjusting to both the physical landscape, which had many elements similar to Denmark, but to the musical landscape, as well. Her great songwriting and singing talent combined with her drive, focus, warmth and friendliness, made her not only an instant favorite with the country music promoters and clubs in the greater Seattle area, but also with other musicians in town.
In 2011, buoyed by her belief in her original material and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Jessica released a string of singles her growing fan base loved. She followed that up in 2013 with a live single, Mississippi in July and an award-winning video of the song recorded at Seattle’s Columbia City Theater with her band.
2013 also began an amazing journey for Jessica with a local audition for the Texaco Country Showdown, the largest country music talent search in the United States. After winning a series of additional state match-ups, Jessica landed the top spot as the Washington State Winner.
In February of 2014, Jessica released her first single for London Tone Music, Calling Me Home, as part of their 52×52 label launch. Produced by Geoff Ott at London Bridge Studio, it’s a song inspired by how comfortable she feels in the Pacific Northwest. The song has been added to the Play Network rotation and the following music video won “Audience Choice Award” at the Seattle Shorts Film Festival in 2016. Following up on the heels of that success is her second award winning single, My My My, an inspiring, empowering track about following your dreams.
In 2016 Jessica went to Nashville again, this time to record her first Nashville Album Catch Me If You Can. “Working with Larry Beaird and his crew at Beaird Music Group was an incredible experience” Jessica explains, “these are the top players in Nashville and they know exactly what to do with my music.” Before heading into the studio she had the opportunity to work with legendary songwriter Gary Burr. “Working with Gary was a dream come true, his songs were my main inspiration and the reason I became a songwriter in the first place” Jessica admits, “I was honored and humbled that he took the time to work with me on this project.” Catch Me If You Can includes fan favorites like Drive It Like A Race Car and Diamond In The Dust.
Since moving to the great Northwest, Jessica’s life has been a whirlwind of activity and it’s definitely not stopping anytime soon, as she shares, “I was able to continue on with my music career on a full time basis. I have opened for amazing artists like Dustin Lynch, Keith Anderson, and Trick Pony and played the Watershed Festival with headliners like Lady Antebellum and Tim McGraw. I also played the Oregon Jamboree with headliner Little Big Town. I have assembled an amazing team and we are planning for a Christmas release and a new Nashville EP in the spring. We are all very excited about it!”