I constantly have Jess's melodies stuck in my head, and, for the record, I like having them there.” - Wes Speight (Seattle Musician & Songwriter)

Jess Pillay

Seattle-based singer/songwriter

Jess Pillay is a multi-faceted musician and creative from Seattle, Washington. Her music often crosses genre lines but can best be described as pop fusion as she seamlessly incorporates elements of folk, blues, rock, funk, and jazz to create an eclectic and heartfelt musical experience for her listeners. Drawing inspiration from artists like Rachael Yamagata, Norah Jones, Missy Higgins, Tracy Chapman, and Lake Street Dive, Jess regularly writes introspective ballads that are melancholic yet defiantly hopeful. Her lyrics are bold and focus on hard themes like faith and doubt, grief and loss, systemic injustice, and the messy, ever-changing nature of relationships. But no matter what genre or lyrical subject she’s tackling, it’s Jess’s sultry alto voice that anchors her sound.

ASSOCIATED ACTS & ARTISTS: Derik Nelson, Quinn Archer, Billy Burke, Naomi Wachira, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Wes Speight, Danny Gough, Corey James Clifton, Ronnie Carrier, Victoria Fragoso, Sam Cook-Stuntz, The Band LeLe. 

NOTABLE VENUES & EVENTS: Fremont Abbey Arts Center, Seattle Town Hall, McMenamin's, The Royal Room, Dusted Valley Wine Bar, Edmonds PorchFest, Bushwick Bookclub, Edmonds Arts Festival. 

GENRE: Indie pop fusion; singer/songwriter

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