artist | educator | songwriter
“What we play is life.” – Louis Armstrong
Jessica Deskin is an American vocalist, pianist, and songwriter, with an eclectic background in music, as well as a voice technician and coach, with classical, jazz, contemporary commercial music and Estill voice training, choir and music director (Chess, A New Brain, Mamma Mia).
She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Towson University in 2006, where she explored as much music performance as possible, ultimately performing an entire Senior Recital without words, showcasing the voice as an instrument. After living in Nashville and studying with NSAI and ASCAP legend, Ralph Murphy, she returned home to Maryland, opened and ran what became a premiere music school for private and group instruction in Bel Air, also releasing her solo EP in 2015. Jessica’s students have won countless lead roles and awards (district and regional, NATS), and are pursuing their careers at schools like Berklee College of Music, performing on the National Broadway Stage, producing their own albums, touring as national artists, and studying performance, therapy, education, management, and other careers in music. Jessica encourages her students to become independent learners, leaders, and creators.
Jessica has been performing in the MD/DC area for 20+ years and was lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist in the premiere Top 40 commercial group, The New Monopoly, for over 15 years. She is a WPOC National Anthem Contest Winner, popular Ripken Stadium Anthem performer, and commissioned songwriter for the Living Legacy. She has performed recently at local venues such as 49 West in Annapolis, Mr. Henry’s and Twins Jazz Club in DC. Jessica teaches voice and a variety of topics online in her own music studio, and volunteers her time at the Warriors Music Foundation as a songwriter. Jessica thrives not only on brainstorming ideas, but on bringing them to life as well. She is known for her business operations, communication and event management skills, recently performing as Executive Director of Maryland Summer Jazz, and Director of Operations/COO of Jazz Wire, Inc., continuing to act as consultant for similar projects, and always exploring new adventures.
Performing is a skill like any other, but it is also a necessary part of being an artist. It brings an entirely new vibrant element to your life, and becomes a part of you. We must never let it go.
Writing is not just a practice or medium for expression; it’s a calling. It’s a tool used to share a gift. It’s an opportunity to connect in a very personal way with others. It’s a labor of the deepest love and appreciation.
Everyone should become an independent learner. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced student needing coaching or just some guidance, regardless of age, your teacher should meet you there.
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