Teenage beauty queen using nostalgia as her songwriting superpower.
Emerging New Zealand based dreamy electro-pop artist Jessica Leigh is reflecting on the past to bring music into the present. Her songs all stem from the same bored, young love in a small town roots, and reflect on themes iconic to adolescence - such as loneliness, romance, friendship and everything in between.
“I find there is unparalleled beauty in youth. Life is so rich when you’re young and everything and everybody lasts forever. I can’t think of anything more romantic than that.”
Her songwriting style is rich in imagery and metaphor - a talent transferred from her poetic background. While growing up, Jessica received national awards for her poetry and prose, and in more recent years her songwriting is receiving similar praise.
Leigh cites her main musical influences as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift. “Bob and Paul for their honesty, and Lana and Taylor for romanticising that honesty.”
Jessica refers to herself as "a storyteller, first and foremost.” Her biggest hope is that after listening to the stories contained within her songs, people will be inspired to reminisce on and create from their own.