Jessica in The Rainbow (photo by Rachel Resterhouse)
“Dreamy, intimate experimental pop”
-Bandcamp, “New & Notable” 2017
“Fogle’s half-whispered is a thing of intrigue…”
-GoldFlakePaint, Tom Johnson (re: cloudlight)
(more press )
Jessica in The Rainbow is the stage name of Jessica Fogle, a conservatory-trained pianist turned indie singer-songwriter. She has opened for Johanna Warren, Gaelynn Lea (2016 NPR Tiny Desk winner), Briana Marela (Jagjaguwar), and has shared shows with Jonnie Baker (Florist), Mutual Benefit, and more. Since moving to Michigan in 2012, she also founded the music festival Ladyfest at the Lakeshore, and co-ran a house venue called In the clouds, which hosted both local and nationally touring artists. In 2020, she created a three volume ‘In the clouds compilation album‘ series for charity – featuring many of the past performers.
In 2017, she began a series of year-long self-assigned creative challenges – 365 Songs in 365 Days (YouTube), 12 albums in 12 months (Bandcamp), 52 Dreams (Instagram/Facebook – one creative-life task per week), and lastly, 444 Hearts – a challenge of mostly cover songs, recording and releasing one song per day. As an introvert, creating her own wildly public ‘creativity school’ was a form of activism, with the goal of inspiring others to embrace their authentic selves in an ever-polarizing world.
In her earlier years, she created and released music under her name while living in Chicago – including 2 studio albums, plus 12 lo-fi ones, and wrote 3 musicals – one served as a college thesis honors project while majoring in Music (Piano Performance) and Theatre (Dramatic Literature, with an English minor) at Lawrence University / Conservatory of Music. Another was written while attending Tisch School of the Arts / New York University for the Musical Theatre Writing M.F.A. Program. She also wrote the music for the cult favorite LGBTQIA+ movie musical ‘Were the World Mine,’ which was a Top 100 film on Netflix for 2 years after its release (2008), and won many awards including Best Music at the Nashville Film Fest. During this time, she also had a fruitful career as a music director, in NYC, Chicago, and the Midwest – before founding Creative Sky Music School – which is now a fully-virtual business, specializing in piano lessons (both traditional and pop), and music theory tutoring.
She currently lives in Saint Joseph, Michigan, with her boyfriend and bandmate Bryan Ralph, and enjoys long walks and nature and cute stuff (rainbows, ukuleles) and other tiny lovely things.