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Jess Godwin performs with acoustic sets performed by Lena, Emma Jayne and Carly & Martina.
JESS [jes] noun
1. A person who is generous, talented and kindly.
2. A short leather strap that is fastened around each leg of a hawk.
She’s not your typical singer-songwriter, having been through the wringer of producers, managers, image consultants, and self--‐promotion, Jess has come out the other side with something to say. After years of jumping from one musical genre and “look” to the next in order to please others, Jess has finally discovered who she is. She is not a brand. She is not a package. She is a voice. Jess is opening up about fighting her own demons in hopes that it will help other women. Her latest video, “Be a Light”, addresses the damaging labels we put on ourselves. Jess has started to come into her own happiness by making her life about others. It is now her mission to encourage these women to find their own light.
Jess has released five EP's: To the Heart of It, Quiet the Room (produced by Jan Smith, vocal coach to Usher, Justin Bieber, The Band Perry), Klutz, Santa Monica, and her most recent self--‐titled EP released in November. Jess's single, Katy's Side, was featured on “Keeping up with the Kardashians” in summer 2013. In 2012, her voice was heard on the Wisconsin--‐based Patrick Cudahy radio jingle and the Lia Sophia theme song. Recent Chicago appearances include Mayne Stage, Double Door, Subterranean, Wilmette Theatre, and Bottom Lounge. Tour cities include NY, LA, Atlanta, SXSW, VOODOOFEST, Denver, Toronto, Detroit, Boston, Vermont and Philadelphia. She has performed the National Anthem at the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago Bandits, and the Chicago Fire.
As an actress, Jess has been on stage with Northlight Theatre (Snapshots), The Music Theatre Company (Pippin), Court Theatre (Carousel), Porchlight Music Theatre (Gypsy, A Wonderful Life, Sunday in the Park with George), Steppenwolf (Lady Madeline), Pegasus Players (Tick...Tick...BOOM!), and Bohemian Theatre Ensemble (The Wild Party, The Life, Songs for a New World).
When Jess is not performing, she teaches voice lessons in her private studio and theater classes at Columbia College and Northwestern University Cherubs. Several times a year, she visits middle schools and high schools to talk to students, specifically young women, about body image, self--‐bullying, and the music industry. She wants to continue to use her experience and music to encourage young women to seek authenticity, build confidence, and find a better outlet for their emotions through the arts.
More on Carly & Martina...
Carly and Martina are 6th grade twin sisters who have been playing the piano since they were 4 ½. Originally studying classical piano and then onto jazz piano, Carly and Martina are talented musicians who also play the guitar and drums. In the past year, they have embarked on writing and performing their own music and lyrics. A fun fact about Carly and Martina -- their favorite food is any kind of dessert!