From a young age, Jessica loved singing, playing, and listening to very different styles of music, thanks to her parents' eclectic taste, her mom's career as a choral director, and her extended family's love of music. Since she couldn't pick just one style to study, she earned classical singing degrees from Alderson-Broaddus University and Meredith College and then studied at the CCM Voice Pedagogy Institute in CCM genres like soul, R&B, blues, jazz, funk, country, and musical theatre. She continues to sing and play in as many different styles and groups as possible, and enjoys fusing styles in her arrangements and compositions. Check out her upcoming performances on the calendar.
If you're interested in lessons with Jessica, you can find more info on the lesson page.
What people are saying about Jessica:
"Jessica is a world class singer. She possesses an innate musicality that is naturally expressed in her singing, as well as her piano accompanying. We have had her attend our Institute for several years as a singer and accompanist. She can sing jazz, folk, R&B, with exceptional beauty and passion. She is also able to accompany herself and others with ease. I would highly recommend her as a teacher of singing and can't figure out why she does not already have a huge career as a professional solo singer."
Dr. Kathryn Green, director, CCM Institute, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
"Jessica is a world-class vocalist with an effortless, beautiful sound. I have utilized her wonderful talent on commercial productions at my recording studio, and have always been completely happy with the results. Jessica has also coached me vocally, and has helped me eliminate some vocal problems which had been evolving over some years. I can honestly recommend her highly for both session vocal work and vocal instruction / coaching."
David Traugh, Composer
"When I asked Jessica to sing the role of Mary Wade on the upcoming Gettysburg commemorative song cycle, "The Fields of Gettysburg," I had no idea of what was in store for us. Her performance is the centerpiece of the record and she elevated the delivery of all the other vocalists and players involved on the project. Jessica brings that rare combination of a high degree of technical skill and a palpable level of emotion to her vocalizations. She well understands and knows how to deliver the soul of a song. Simply stated: Pure Beauty."
John Walsh, composer, The Fields of Gettysburg
“I had the distinct pleasure of coaching Jessica Baldwin at the beginning of her singing career. I was her voice teacher for four years in undergraduate school where she was quite successful as a vocalist, accompanist, actor, and student. Jessica performed often, as a soloist in recitals and concerts, as the lead in opera scenes and theater productions, and as a winner in Honors Recital and Concerto/Aria competitions, the latter performed with orchestra. Her successes continued away from campus where she won first place at the West Virginia MTNA Collegiate Vocal competition and at Tri-State NATS competitions. She continued her success in graduate school and now as a singing professional. Her positive, enthusiastic demeanor, beautiful spirit, skill at communicating and interacting with others are personal characteristics which make her well-liked and successful. One of the best.”
Lillian Long , Assoc. Prof. of Music , Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, WV
“Jessica studied applied voice with me as a graduate student at Meredith College. Her abilities and insight into her vocal instrument were way beyond her years. The finesse in which she executed the repertoire for her Graduate Recital was at the level of a professional musician. Jessica is a bright, gifted, and sincere person.”
Stephanie Dillard deJong, soprano, music minister, Raleigh, NC
"Jessica was an excellent accompanist for students in my brass studio. It was a pleasure for me and my students to work with her in musical collaboration. She is talented both in accompanying, and as a singer. I also greatly admire her professional approach and her positive spirit. I recommend her without reservation."
Timothy DeWitt, Professor, Alderson-Broaddus College , Philippi, WV
"While on a brief stay in my hometown, I needed to rehearse the arias from Bach's St. John's Passion for an upcoming performance. I remembered Jessica now lives in the area - Parkersburg - and knew that she was a highly consummate musicians with excellent sight reading skills. I had never sung the arias with accompaniment, and anyone who sings Bach knows that it's imperative to hear the tricky harmonies. Jessica nailed her reading in our run through, and her performance during our rehearsal was key to my preparation."
Thomas Aláan, countertenor