Jessica Clemmons is a singer-songwriter, model and personality from Houston, Texas.
Having established herself a solo artist, she broke into the mainstream consciousness when Radio 2 championed her single Single Tonight in January 2014. The legendary Sir Terry Wogan was blown away by her vocal and invited her to join him in the studio, where her cover of Sir Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman prompted him to state ‘that was the most fabulous song that I’ve ever heard’.
Shortly after the release of her EP ‘What If’ in 2014, Jessica announced she had teamed up with Ricci Riccardi, Louis Riccardi, Steven Reid Williams and Dave Troke to form Jess & The Bandits. They headed out on a sold out tour in late 2014 and released their debut album Here We Go Again in early 2015. The album debuted at #6 in the UK Official Country Charts and was championed by BBC Radio 2, finding fans in Bob Harris, Gaby Roslin and Sir Terry Wogan, who have all invited her in to the studio for sessions.
The summer of 2015 saw Jessica announced as the ambassador of British plus size fashion chain Evans. Following in the footsteps on Chaka Khan and Beth Ditto, Jessica fronted the #StyleHasNoSize campaign, recording a music video for her single ‘Nitty Gritty’ with the brand and winners of a competition to feature in the clip.
Having sold out their first show of 2015, and won over audiences at Cornbury, Country2Country and the Isle of Wight Festival and embarked on a sold out tour, Jessica made a huge impact when she spoke out about body positivity on national television shows Lorraine, Weekend with Aled Jones and The Wright Stuff and showing the diversity of her look off to Skorch magazine. Her performance on the catwalk and as the vocalist at British Plus Size Fashion Week won her applause and a notable mention in Now.
With her single You Can’t Stop Me once again proving a hit with BBC Radio 2, Jess teamed up with Scarlett & Jo Scarlett and Jo to model their 2015 range, before once again fronting Evans’ 2016 campaign, #IAmMe, alongside Hayley Hasselhoff and Nadia Aboulhosn.
Her appearance on Songs of Praise in 2016 showed her spiritual side, while a deluxe release of the band’s debut album Here We Go Again once again entered the UK Official Country Charts Top 20 and saw support from Spotify, who have repeatedly playlisted her music.