An exciting new artist on the rise, singer/songwriter Jesse Jo Stark has begun to carve out her own niche among the musical landscape with her beautiful lyrics and original melodies.
Jesse Jo burst onto the scene in 2017 with a series of critically acclaimed singles that have garnered nearly 750k Spotify streams, beginning with “Driftwood,” a tune about love and loss. Next came “April Flowers,” a beguiling track describing the pain and pleasure that comes with a passionate relationship, and lastly “Deadly Doll,” a lithe, lush ballad that showcases both her pen prowess and powerhouse voice.
In addition to her music credits, Jesse Jo creative directs all of her music videos, as well as live shows with select artists she works with. The video to “April Flowers” was a collaboration between Jesse Jo and Chuck Grant, another talented artist on the rise specializing in fine documentary and photography. The two teamed up on the Super-8 production over a three-day shoot in California to embody the hazy and ethereal feel of the song.
Jesse Jo opened for Guns N’ Roses at their July show in Prague, began the fall with an impressive headlining residency at The Echo in Los Angeles, where she performed for three-consecutive Monday nights and was joined by various surprise guests including The Pink Slips, Laura Jean Anderson, and Dr. Doctor, and later wrapped up the year by opening for Jane’s Addiction in Aspen, Colorado on New Years Eve.
Very few young artists have inherited bonds to the music world as much as Jesse Jo. Growing up in Los Angeles in an environment that fostered creative expression, music came naturally to her and became a great way for her to express herself. Under the guidance of musical heavyweights like Steve Jones from The Sex Pistols, Jesse Jo began writing and recording in her teens. Jesse’s musical influences reflect her own eclectic tastes, ranging from country, punk, folk to rock and roll. Each genre shares the qualities that are most evident in her own music – honesty and authenticity. Often drawing on her deep love of horror for inspiration, Jesse Jo has crafted a look and sound all of her own. “I'm in love with the Cramps and I also grew up listening to Merle Haggard, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Brian Eno and David Bowie—they all influence me, says Stark.
While working on her music, Jesse Jo was also quietly making her mark in fashion. She’s made a name for herself as an influencer with her distinct style, and has been featured as one to watch in W and Nylon Magazines, to name a few. Next up is a much-anticipated full-length album, set to release later this year.