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Jazzy superstar: Maybe you’ve heard Jessy J. on ‘American Idol’ or ‘The Voice’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s difficult when there are two artists with like-sounding names, but Jessy J. takes it all in stride.

The jazz musician is a superstar in her own right. (British singer Jessie J also is a force in the music industry).

Beginning music at the age of 4, Jessy J. has won numerous awards and worked with some notable producers in jazz music.

Her new album is called “Second Chances” and marks a milestone for the 32-year-old Latina.

“I’m the producer on this album and it was a big step for me,” she says. “The entire process took about six months and I got to coordinate all the musicians.”

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Jessy J. says it took her a while to become a producer because she wanted to learn from other producers along the way.

“Watching some of the greatest people like Joe Sample produce is what inspired me,” she says. “I’ve grown as an artist with them and now it’s my turn to produce for other people.”

Jessy J.’s trip to the Duke City won’t be the first time she’s been here. The saxophone player used to perform with the off-Broadway show “Blast!”, which played in Albuquerque.

“I remember it being a cute and pleasant place,” she says. “We got a chance to walk around in the Old Town area and I remember the colorful artwork and the clay pottery. I want to come back and immerse myself in some of the culture.”

When not working on her own music, Jessy J. can be seen and heard performing with the bands on “American Idol” and “The Voice.”

“I’ve been blessed the past couple of years to have these gigs during the first half of the year,” she says. “It’s great to be able to keep myself busy with a lot of other work.”

During her downtime from music, Jessy J. can be found working with charities around Los Angeles. Her first charitable work began while she was in college at University of Southern California.

“A few of us in school had the opportunity for outreach and we chose the Los Angeles Mission to work with,” she says. “I now do more outreach with groups who work with music and public education. I feel like music helped me become the person I wanted to become. Music was my voice and children should have the opportunity to release stress through music.”


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