By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 03 October 2013 Updated: 04/10 07:30
AN ALCESTER musician is hitting the high notes thanks to support spots for international stars, gigs across the area and an upcoming album release.
Standard reporter Harriet Ernstsons caught up with Jessica Rhodes to find out more about the band she fronts.
JessicaRhodes, comprising of the singer herself joined by band members Luke and Oli, was first set up a year ago following Jessica's return to Warwickshire after universary.
The 'family band', who are all 23, pride themselves on championing live music and have been playing gigs across the area, including at venues in Redditch, in a bid to bring their sound to a wider audience.
Opportunities have also arisen for them to play further afield, with an appearance at Knebworth House in September as part of the hairdressing chain Toni and Guy's 50th anniversary celebrations seeing them share the same stage as Labyrinth and Tinchy Stryder.
They describe their music as having a 'strong commercial pop sound' with influences from various genres but say their self-penned tracks have a lot of meaning and grit, with the tracks from their forthcoming debut album Eyes On The Streets combining together to tell a story.
"I would hate for anyone to take one track and think that's who we are. The songs tell a story together about where we've come from and where we're going to, it's us baring our souls.
"We're probably most inspired by Fleetwood Mac as they have so many different songs which all come from the same band and have translated across the world."
Jessica's interest in music started at a young age and she is classically-trained, while Luke's focus is on songwriting and Oli has a gospel background.
"We are currently finishing off recording our album which will be released in January and we're also releasing a single from it. Everything is pretty much as live as it can be.
"I think it's really difficult to engage in live music now. We play in a lot of pubs and restaurants and some places really get it but some shy away from the idea.
"We do an awful lot of gigs in the area. We are really happy just with people hearing our music, what we think and what we feel."
Visit www.facebook.com/JessicaRhodesMusic to find out more about the band.
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