In our last spotlight interview we spoke yo Dutch-born rising singer CIMO, this week we’re shining a light on singer/dancer Jess Lamarre. As she gears up to release her debut EP Phases of Love, we caught up with this rising talent to talk more about her new music, her background in the industry and more.
YMMW: To a lot are new to you but you have been in the industry for a while. Tell us about your upcoming in music and dance, and what artists have influenced you growing up?
JESS: I’ve been singing and dancing since I was a little girl. I started training in dance at 3 and realized that I had the gift of singing at around 7 or 8. I grew up wanting to perform like Micheal Jackson and sing like Whitney Houston. My siblings and I would make up dances and perform in front of the family so I knew then, that I wanted to be a performer, and I kept at it. It hasn’t always been easy and sometimes a struggle, but you have to keep on believing in yourself. I’m influenced by so many, but to name a few… Micheal Jackson, Janet Jackson Sade, Aaliyah, Selena and Charlie Wilson. I also love listening to gospel.
YMMW: You worked with the legendary Mariah Carey and Charlie Wilson, what was the experience like working with the both of them and what lessons have learned from them with having longevity in music?
JESS: Yes the living legends! lol. It is and was a blast being able to work with them. I did one show with Mariah but I grew up loving her music so it was a “pinch me” experience. I tour with Charlie so I’m able to learn and experience more closely with him. Both Mariah and Charlie have been in the industry for years and have seen the ups and downs of the business. Who better to learn from? It takes a certain resilience to be in this industry and you simply have to do it because you love it. It’s like survival of the fittest – if you enjoy it and love it deep enough, you’ll withstand the ups and downs of it. I also think it’s important to have a great team behind you.
YMMWW: You’re working on a debut project titled Phases of Love, tell us more about your debut and the sound we can expect to hear?
JESS: Yes “Phases of” will be my first solo music baby. I’m very excited for people to hear the music and enjoy it. You can expect to relate, being that I’m singing mostly about the ups and downs of relationships. The sound for this particular project is R&B/Pop. I’m influenced by a lot, like my Haitian background and dancing skills so I try my hardest to make sure my music reflects that.
YMMW: With Phases of Love coming out next year what producers and songwriters have you worked with on it?
JESS:I had the pleasure of writing and working with the Hitbangaz who connected me to some amazing producers, Smurv, Davix and Sean 2 Miles. I’ve also collaborated with two other dope writers Que Sylve and The Art Teacher out of Atlanta, Ashley Rose, and producer Tim Boski from Detroit. All of them are so incredibly talented.
YMMW: There are a lot of new artists these days but only a few get attention from big streaming companies such as Apple Music and Shazam, How does it feel to be recognized companies such as these and getting such a great response on your new single Contact?
JESS: It makes me feel like I’ve achieved something. I’m very proud of that and humbled by it. There are so many new and upcoming artist in the world and they chose me to highlight. So it feels great and makes me want to work harder.
YMMW: What do you want fans to know about Jess Lamarre and who you are as an entertainer?
JESS: I want all the people that have been supporting me since day one to know that I appreciate them so much, their support keeps me going. As an entertainer, I’ve always looked as my pursuit in music being bigger than myself. I do it for the people who need to feel inspired, loved and not alone, so it’s much bigger than me.