‘Jessica in The Rainbow’ is Jessica Fogle, a singer/songwriter and classically-trained pianist, with an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a soundtrack to a movie-musical under her belt (“Were the World Mine” – which won 15 awards, including Best Music in the 2008 Nashville Film Fest). Her truest love of writing solo songs and creating albums, however, has been with her since her childhood in Racine, Wisconsin – at which time she created bands with neighbors and won statewide songwriting awards, complete with school assemblies for her original music. After releasing her first studio album “Du Bist Einen Fogle!” under her name in 2010, in Chicago with producer Ethan Stoller (Music Editor for the Netflix series “Sense8,” with the Wachowskis), and later releasing a remastered live album “Melancholy Frog” in 2011 (originally released in 2007, co-produced with Garrett Lane), she moved to the tiny tourist town of Grand Haven, Michigan, to incubate and reconnect with nature. During her years in Chicago, she developed a local following, was a staple at Gallery Cabaret and The Orphanage, performed all over the city including opening for Cheer-Accident at The Hideout, and received radio airplay on Richard Milne’s Local Anesthetic on WXRT.
‘Jessica in The Rainbow’ is the stage name she now performs under, which includes a rotating cast of guest musicians. “Catalysts” – her first album as ‘Jessica in The Rainbow’ – was released independently in November 2014, with a small tour in West Michigan, Chicago, and Minneapolis. The album prominently features Hunter Zhao on cello and Maddie Jackson & Daphne Jackson on banjo-ukulele, bongos, and vocal harmonies. It was recorded with Ian Gorman of La Luna Recording & Sound in Kalamazoo, MI. The album was nominated for “Best Album by a New Artist” and “Album of the Year” by the 88.1 WXRT Jammies (2015) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was a finalist for “Best Jazz Album” (undoubtedly for its piano-jazz-folk elements). She has been compared by her fans to Jenny Lewis, Rufus Wainwright, Joanna Newsom, Norah Jones, and Cat Power, among others. In 2015, she was awarded an ‘Emerging Songwriter’ grant for a two-week writing residency at Crosshatch’s Hill House cabin in Northern Michigan, and had songs featured in the publication ‘Paramanu Pentaquark’ (vol. 4). She was also named one of “Five acts to catch” at Lamp Light Music Festival by Local Spins. She has multiple albums half-completed since 2015 (a bad habit, she has 10 unreleased albums from her years in Chicago as well) – namely “Everything’s True,” “Trees for Clouds” and “December, 2015,” and is now working on a collection of albums possibly called “365 Days” (starting with volume 4, just for fun). One or more of the albums will feature orchestrations by Elisabeth Blair (a preview piano-vocal mini EP is available on Bandcamp). Most recently, she is part of a new band called cloudlight which just released a EP/mini-album that was featured on Bandcamp‘s “New & Notable” and reviewed on GoldFlakePaint. As of February 12th, 2017 she has been undergoing a 365-Day Songwriting Challenge, of writing + sharing a new song every day for a year on YouTube (+Instagram @jessicaintherainbow, Twitter @Jessinrainbow, and Facebook.com/jessicaintherainbow).