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Rising Stars: Meet Jessica Domingo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Domingo.

Hi Jessica, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My very first memory of music was singing on the karaoke machine at family parties when I was five years old. In my culture, as a Filipina, the karaoke machine is the staple to every home. I grew up super shy with singing, so I would duet with my cousins and friends to our favorite tunes. It really wasn’t until middle school that I discovered and trained my voice after picking up guitar and piano and singing my favorite songs.

Once I took my music to YouTube, I started to reach more listeners and a few weeks into starting my channel, I gained over a million views on my first video covering Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ Bout You”. I remember being in high school and having friends find my videos online – it gave me more confidence with singing and to continue uploading videos.

During the same time, I got into songwriting naturally and created a full-length album that I independently released when I was 15 and since then, I worked with several producers that helped develop my sound as an artist, performed at shows with my band, and sharpen my songwriting skills.

After four years of creating back and forth from my hometown, Seattle to LA while balancing school and music, I finally moved to Los Angeles just over a year ago. It’s amazing where music can take you but I know that this is what I want to do right now as I trust the process.

I’m currently learning how to produce and vocal engineer my own music and in the works of finishing up more songs to be released soon.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
No, It hasn’t always been a smooth road. Being an independent female artist who is also a POC comes with even more work to put yourself out there and to be heard.

I’m literally a one-woman business – calling the shots with every single opportunity, booking my own shows/opportunities, graphic designing/creative directing/video editing. I’m doing it all and learning the industry as I go, it hasn’t always been easy but I learned to enjoy the process.

I’ve been able to just wing it honestly. What I’ve learned is developing patience along the way and to always remind yourself that every journey/story is unique. Even in times of doubt, you just gotta ride hard for yourself.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a singer, songwriter, musician, performer, producer, and creative director.

I write songs about peace, solitude, romance, healing, self-care, and vulnerability. I speak my truth through the journey I’m going through in that moment.

I’m proud of how multifaceted I am with my work and I think that is what sets me apart from others. I’m able to contribute in every aspect of my music whether it’s behind the scenes work or being in the spotlight. I’m adaptable in trying new things/learning/taking risks with art.

I honor my “DIY” superpowers and just being my own boss… I can write my own songs, produce, vocal comp/engineer myself. I creative direct and edit all my music videos/promo, I also style my photoshoots.

It almost becomes effortless with the infinite ideas in my brain when I’m in creation mode.

Once I set my mind to something, I’ll always get it done even if it may take some time.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that vulnerability is a superpower, not a weakness.

Giving myself space to be vulnerable in all forms is important – in my own personal life, my music, and towards others. I still am currently working on this but the reminder is crucial as someone that creates for a living.

Vulnerability is what helps me connect to my truth, which is what I want people to feel, resonate, and be inspired to do the same when they listen to my music. Writing out how I feel without doubts or overthinking. Just raw, honest, and vulnerable.

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Jerome Pantaleon, Leo Cabal, Chase Hart, Taimane Kini

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