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Making waves in the music industry

23 June 2022  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in:

We have been blown away by the phenomenal voice of Jess Bassett who recently made it to the final 15 in a national singing competition. Jess, in Year 11, has been singing since she was 4-years-old and is now making a name for herself as a solo artist. Jess has been performing at gigs, concerts and charity events for a number of years. You can listen to Jess on Spotify, on youtube at or follow her on facebook.

Last year, Fiona, Jess’ mum, entered her into the Sound Waves Music competition. Jess won the regional round in Newcastle and was one of the last 15, from thousands of entries, to achieve a coveted place in the national final, hosted at the 02 Institute in Birmingham .

Jess, who performs under her stage name of Jeshika Jaynes, sang two of her own songs, including ‘You’, as well as ‘Before He Cheats’, by Carrie Underwood. Sound Waves is a competition for up-and-coming singers and bands and is attended by scouts for record labels. The Judges were from the music industry and Jess was interviewed by a local radio station after her performance.

Jess said: “I really enjoy singing a lot of country and western songs, as well as the odd cheeky ballad! I write a lot of my own songs and visit my producer in London every two to three months to work on the final lyrics and music. He then creates the backing for me, usually on his guitar.

“I gig all over, locally and further away. Festivals are fantastic and it was great to perform at ‘This is Tomorrow’ last year, where Sam Fender, The Kooks and Tom Walker were headlining. I also enjoyed supporting Nerina Pallot, a singer, songwriter and producer who has written songs for Kylie Minogue.

“I love singing but I’m not really bothered about being famous, I just want to create music that makes people happy.”

Jenna Potter, Headteacher, said: “Jess has the most beautiful voice and is clearly a very talented performer- to make a national singing final is a brilliant achievement. I know that Jess is going on to study modern music next year and I have no doubt that she will do exceptionally well. Good luck from Richmond School and Sixth Form College!”

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