Jessica Coker’s first memory of music is of her father singing and playing the guitar in church. As soon as she was able, she started singing with him, then in the fourth grade she began singing in choirs. In addition to church, she and her father performed at weddings and funerals.
Born and raised in northern California, Jessica, 33, has spent her life practicing and perfecting her singing and entertaining talents. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City with a major in Music Theatre Performance, then went on to perform in clubs and cabarets in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Jessica has also performed in numerous choirs and various recording projects with artists such as Broadway stars Christopher Jackson, Erin Hill and Tony Award Nominee Manoel Felciano. Plus, Jessica has been seen in the world premiere musical “Tales of the City” at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, The West Coast Premiere of “Jerry Springer: the Opera,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Songs for a New World” and “Bat Boy: the Musical.”
When asked about her approach to singing, Jessica said, “I have always had a passion for R&B, especially blues. There was always a certain feel about that music that drew me in. My taste in music has grown over the years, and I’ve opened myself up to all kinds of music. I’m more confident in trying new styles, and because of that I’ve become more versatile in the things I can do. I love musical theater, but I also am inspired by artists such as Etta James, Dinah Washington, Susan Tedeschi and Sara Bareilles. I just want to share my love of music. I would love to open up people’s eyes to what music can mean. That it’s not all about how you look and what you can sell, but how much love can come out of song and passion.”