Washington, DC - Singer and songwriter Jessi Kay began writing poetry at the mere age of 8 – an escape away from being an ambitious only girl living in a low-income neighborhood. Writing was an outlet that allowed her to purge her emotions, to describe her experiences and to hone her skills on paper. Inevitably, her knack for words led her to writing songs and trying her hand at singing. As she discovered she had a true talent for music, it quickly emerged into her life’s work. Her sound, is an eclectic mix that transcends genres, pulling from all ends of the musical spectrum creating her own class of music that is not just original but also quirky. The Jamaican singer often finds influence in her heritage as the sounds of reggae, soca, and calypso rhythms pulse through her. She still manages to be simultaneously be engrossed in the American hip hop, pop, and rap scenes. Like her musical idols, Missy Elliot and Mary J. Blige, the artist isn’t afraid to tell a story and speak her mind.
Jessi Kay’s music has truly developed and matured while keeping its identity. She has uncovered her many skills and gifts and is comfortable in her ability to experiment with new sounds and trends. During one of the transforming moments in her writing/musical career while listening to a beat, she found herself inspired to spit lyrics to a hip hop beat. Uninhibited, Jessi Kay found the lyrics just came to her and she naturally progressed into rapping. Eager to venture into new musical territory, the artist is working on an impending album (which fans can expect to be released later this year) that will display Jessi Kay’s musical maturity and confidence in her sound. “I’m a little bit of a hidden gangster,” laughs the artist about her emergence into the rap genre, “I’m a modge podge of mystery and that translates into my music. I listen to a melody and if immediately lyrics start to come in my mind, I’m going to run with it. One day it might be pop, the next day reggae, and the next it might be trap. Music just speaks to me.” Jessi Kay expresses that she is just a vessel that the music speaks through and she wants to remain true to that without attempting to control every aspect of that.
Jessi Kay has come a long way by building upon a sound that is uniquely her own. Her latest debut comes in the form of the grind anthem “Paid in Full”, a clubby hit that celebrates the art of the hard work. A rap track with a hint of singing, the song marches to the beat of its own drum (quite literally), just like the up and coming Jessi Kay.
Ultimately, Kay’s goal is to reach as many people with her music as possible. “I want my music to be touchable for people. I want them to live through the music, laugh in the moments and just have fun.”
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