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Life and Work with Jessica Louise Garcia

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Louise Garcia.

Jessica Louise, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m a Filipino-American singer/songwriter. My story starts at a big family party and involves a lot of karaoke and dress up. My family would throw parties every weekend and we’d get together to sing, eat and dance. My Aunt would buy me and my cousins matching clothes and they would have us perform the latest Spice Girls routine. It was my first taste of the spotlight and after that, I couldn’t get enough of it. My cousins and I started writing songs as soon as we learned how to write and I just never stopped.

Early on in my career, I received a scholarship to study Musical Theatre at Cal State Long Beach. When I graduated, I made the switch to being a recording artist, performance artist, and songwriter. I grabbed my guitar and started booking gigs and shows. At first, it was restaurants and lounges and then, I started booking weddings and private events. Eventually, I had built enough of a following to release my own music as an artist. I successfully crowdfunded my first album and developed a loyal online social media following via Periscope (live streaming) and Instagram. I recently amassed over a million plays on Spotify through the songs I’ve been featured in, have released my own EP titled VOICES, and have toured the world singing my music, I’ve still got a long way to go, and this is only the beginning.

Has it been a smooth road?
If anyone says it’s was a smooth road, they’re lying! Don’t believe them haha. As a vocalist, I actually lost my voice to nodules three times and have developed permanent scarring on my throat (hence the raspy-ness of it). I’m a self-taught singer and because I was never trained in proper technique, I damaged my voice. I was heartbroken and depressed knowing that I had this gift but couldn’t use it and I questioned my path as a singer. I also wasn’t making any money as a singer so I was totally broke on top of all that. Not to mention my Filipino parents were definitely not thrilled about my career choice. It seemed like everything was telling me to chose a different path, but I couldn’t. I was determined to pursue my passion. I love to sing. I love the feeling I get when I’m singing and people are gathering together regardless of their differences to be in the presence of music, art, and humanity. It’s the best feeling in the world that I get to provide that space for people. So, I didn’t give up. I sought out a vocal coach to train me in technique and within a year, my voice developed and became better than ever!

For the young women who are just starting their journey, first, figure out why you’re doing it. And understand that the road may not be easy, but on the hard times you have to remind yourself why you’re doing it and that’ll help you persist through. Also, really listen and be in tune with your body, and take care of yourself first. On the airplanes, they tell you that you have to put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others. One of my mentors Arianna Basco reminded me of that. Be mindful of who you are being for yourself and for others. And if you’re anything like me, be a little bit kinder to yourself and give yourself permission to try and fail over and over again and learn from it all.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Jessica Louise – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I’m a recording artist, songwriter, and performing artist. I am self-managed, self-published, and handle all of my own bookings, social media, data tracking, etc. Most people see an artist and think that it’s just about making music and it’s all fun and games, but there is so much that goes on behind it all. I take pride in my music and performance and spend countless hours writing and re-writing and really looking for the right producers and collaborators to work. As a performer, I am constantly practicing and developing my voice and performance skills. Overall, I believe it’s my voice, personality, and dedication to my art and performance that sets me apart from others. I make it a point to really connect with my fans and clients.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
Everything that I write about in my songs is from experience. And I think because of that, people relate to my songs and to me. All of the new songs that I’ve written are some of the most vulnerable I’ve been able to be in my work and I’m releasing a new single this September (follow me on Insta for updates! #shamelessplug).

In my journey, I’ve been particularly affected by my journey with my voice and because of this have recently started developing courses and workshops to coach aspiring vocalists on singing as well as the behind the scenes work of being a DIY artist (social media, branding, strategic marketing, booking, management, etc.).

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