I sang last night at The Baggott Inn with Jason Rosen and a whole host of talented musicians! Tuesday night jam in NYC’s Greenwich Village, not bad. It was fun. More of a funky R&B feel to the Country I’ve been playing. I sang, “Baby, I love you” and “To love somebody”. It’s always a little like flying naked when you get up on the stage with no rehearsal and hope for the best! They’re all pros though so it was great.
I am playing a gig this coming Saturday night, Feb.9th at Solas in the East Village, NYC.
It’s a benefit to help save the 160 year old Irish Famine St. Brigid’s Church.
These cool opportunities keep revealing themselves to me and I love it! I love to help out through my music.
That’s all for now!
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I was asked to take part in this very special and important benefit this coming Saturday, Feb. 9th from 6-10 pm at Solas - 232 E. 9th Street (2nd ~ 3rd Aves.)in the East Village, NYC
I play from 7-8:30pm, solo
This is a party to help save the 160 year old Irish Famine St. Brigid’s Church on Tomkin’s Square Park.
Also playing are The Ruffians - http://www.theruffians.com
I hope to see you there! Also, my new brand new single,” What She Is” is up on http://www.myspace.com/jessicastarband
it comes right up when you go to my page!
I just got home from the “Evolver: Wake up and dream” party at Jivamukti Yoga School near Union Square in Manhattan. I’m so happy. What a great crowd! There were a bunch of Burning Man people there and also yoga practitioners. Nice people to play for. This year so far has been really full on! I’ve recorded the first song on my new album with heavy-weight Nashville musicians and played two really great shows. I’m grateful! Keep it coming! The combination of yoga, a clean diet, and right motivation is really working for me as far as getting my music out to more people and really moving forward. Yeah. I also did a photo shoot with my photographer friend, Darin Chumbley in Central Park last week. It was drizzly and cold but we got some good shots. Alright, that’s all for now. Be well and check in soon!
I just got booked for the “Newville Sessions” at Banjo Jim’s! This is a songwriter’s showcase that combines New York City and Nashville! Right up my ally!
Time:show starts at 9pm, I play from 11-11:45pm
location:700 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009
Taxi: Tell the driver “9th Street and Avenue C”
Subway: 6 Train to Astor Place; N or R Train to 8th Street; L Train to 14th St and 1st Ave
WHAT FUN!!!!!!!!! Seriously. Yesterday I went into the studio of my producer, Cliff Goldmacher http://www.cliffgoldmacher.com and we laid down two tracks of him playing sweet acoustic guitar and then we recorded my vocals for my newest song, “What she is”.<br>My song is a true story that I wrote from the perspective, my perspective, of living in the city and being from the country. It’s a wild paradox. I’m sure it’s a common reality and I like to try and write from new perspectives, at least new for me. When I think about where I’m from, the first vision that comes to mind are the hills right up from the ocean in Bodega Bay, California. The forests and fields up the coast from there where moss grows on ancient trees along with fungus and you can walk by yourself down trails and see no one the whole day. It was there that I dreamed up living here in NYC. I was very happy living in nature but I felt that my real work was here in NYC or at least, this is where it would launch. “What she is” is this story! <br>So there you go, that’s the story of my newest song. We’re still in the midst of recording it and hopefully soon I’ll have it up for all to hear!
I have some live shows coming up in NYC, check out my calendar!
This is going to be one cool party! Here’s the info:
I’ll be playing solo around 11pm in the cafe space so get there early and get into the vibe!
*Reality Sandwich presents…..
Evolver: “Wake Up and Dream” Party*
**Saturday February 2, 8pm - 5am
@Jivamukti Yoga School
841 Broadway, 2nd Fl. (between 13th & 14th St. at Union Square)
$15 advance tickets, $20 door
Dreamy Costumes Highly Encouraged!
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Just a little update for ya!
I’ve been meeting with potential producers for my upcoming album and I can feel the wheels starting to roll. Actually, they’ve been rolling, they’re now speeding up and shifting gears. It’s all feeling very good. I got some new pictures in my studio; one of Bob Marley (not smoking) and one of Jimi Hendrix! My studio is getting better and better. I’ve been writing songs all for my new album.
We celebrated Chanukah this weekend and I made out like a bandit! I got hard shell cases for my banjo (yes, my banjo!) and my Luna guitar and a nice chair for my desk in my studio! Also, the pics of Bob and Jimi were gifts. We have a Christmas tree up in the living room in a nice spot where the passersby can see the lights. I think it spices up the neighborhood here in Brooklyn! I always appreciate when people decorate or plant flowers here. It shows spirit! Alright, that’s it for now, just a little update to say hi and my life is rockin’ here in NYC.
I hope you are all enjoying the holidays!
Last night I went to the weekly Monday night Cutting Room jam! Richie Cannata http://www.richiecannata.com runs it and the band is smokin’ hot.
I sang,” Natural Woman” and it felt great. It started at 11pm or so and I left at 2:30am.
I LOVE LATE NIGHT MUSIC SESSIONS!!!
I’ve always been a night owl and it feels great to be out with the other late night music folks. I met a bunch of cool and talented people and listened to some sweet rocking music.
It’s amazing to me how fast the universe responds when you make up your mind to forge ahead with your plans or make a change in your life that needs to be made. Try it, it’s cool! See what happens as a result of a new choice you’ve made!
Stay focused on your dreams!
We played the NYC Burning Man Decom at the Queens Museum of Art last Saturday night. What a great space for that party. Our set went off without a hitch. It was the first time Kentucky and I have played together live for an audience. It was cool. We played to pre-recorded tracks with drums and fiddle on them. It was the debut of “What she is”, my new dance tempo urban country song! Burners are a delightful crowd to play to. Thank you Decom volunteers for giving us a slot at that great party!
We played at 8pm so, we had the rest of the night for frolicking and partying. There is a huge replica of the five boroughs of NYC there at the museum. I mean, it’s a model of the layout of the boroughs and it’s really cool. There was a lot of great art and slide shows, dancing, pulled chicken tortilla wraps, domes with chill spaces and blinky lights and costumed stranglings.
It was cold enough to wear our fake furs!
Now I’m back to writing new tunes for my next cd. Have I mentioned that I’ve never made an album this way? In the past I put together the best of what I had and called it an album. This time I’ve decided what the flavor of the album will be and am writing and producing the songs to all go on that album. I know most artists probably do it that way but it’s a first to me! It’s all changed since I’ve gotten this digital equipment! I was listening to my older analog recordings compared to strictly digital and I can really see how analog has a smoother, lush and filled out feel. I think I’ll record everything analog and then convert to digital for the engineering and post production… Big words!
Ok, here’s the sermon:
A lot of times when you’re going after your dream, life can be frustrating. Meaning, the feeling of frustration is common. Don’t let it drag you into doubt. You gotta believe!!!
Believe in the reality that your dreams WANT to come true!!! Good dreams, I mean.
Yep, hey if wayyyy more people were bringing into this world the bright dreams that only they can see in their minds, think how much more fun this place would be?! That’s kind of like Burning Man. Everyone is an artist if they want to be at Burning Man. Humans being creative. Creativity makes us happier and might even make us want to share! Yep, I grew up in the post 60’s Bay Area of San Francisco and those hippies had a good effect on me!
Yesterday, October 16th was my 5 year anniversary of living in my new hometown, NYC! It’s also my hubby and my 5 year anniversary of living together cause I moved right in with him when I got here (and I never left!).
I love making music! I’m getting very excited about releasing my new album and touring my new songs. I have reworked a few tunes from the past because I want to record them for this album with a full band. Those songs would be “The ocean” and “Firewalk”. I’ve listened to the feedback from audiences and watched the body language as we’re playing them live and I think I’ve fine-tuned them so they’re even better. I’m really excited for the actual recording dates in the studio when we bang out the album the way New York City musicians can. This album will have sexy fiddles, drums, bass, acoustic and electric and steel guitars, back up singers, banjo, and possibly some tabla drums.
I’m still writing songs intended for this album and now I’ve recorded 13! I feel so proud! I really want to get about 24 and then pick the very best for actual release.
I’ve been in pre-production for a while now, which is really a new process for me. It’s something I’ve imagined for years; having a digital studio where you can see all the tracks on your monitor and actually arrange the music more like a picture.
If you haven’t seen the movie,” The Secret”, see it! It’s how I live my life and have lived it for a long time. Well, it’s really how we all live our lives but when your conscious of it, it’s way more fun. Manifesting your dreams!
I LOVE New York City; I dreamed about living here since I was 14 years old. That’s the thing about manifesting your dreams, sometimes they happen quickly and other times they take a very long time. It seems they speed up when you’re focused on them and passionate about them!
Now that Ben and I are married, I have only my music to focus on and believe me, I feel incredibly blessed! I’m so grateful for my sweet life! You, the reader, I wish for you to find whatever it is in yourself that makes you tick the right way so you feel your happiest and most fulfilled in your everyday experience.
Jessica Star of NYC
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