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PREMIERE: JESSICA REILLY – “DRUNK WORDS, SOBER THOUGHTS”

The rising star transports us to a world of dreamy Britpop and captivating vocals with her new single.

As soon as we pressed play on her latest single “Drunk Words, Sober Thoughts,” we were transported to a dreamy Britpop world. But just as we were getting comfortable, Jessica’s bright and undeniably American voice burst through, bringing warmth and light to the soundscape.

Jessica’s musical journey began at the young age of 11, when she started singing professionally with her band and honing her craft on the historic music circuit of Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Memphis. In 2015, she even had the opportunity to perform at the prestigious New Orleans Jazz Festival. Today, she’s a student at Berklee College of Music, studying songwriting and the music industry.

With her first release “bless your heart” in 2021, Jessica showed off her alternative electro-pop sound with a touch of baroque elements. But with “Drunk Words, Sober Thoughts,” she delves into the realm of pop-rock and explores themes of emotional uncertainty, disillusionment, and hope. The upbeat melody contrasts with lyrics that seem to touch on the struggles of holding on to a relationship where both parties may not be on the same wavelength, as the catchy hook of the song reveals.

As Jessica continues to discover her unique sound, we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next. And with her powerful vocals and southern rock influences, we have no doubt that she’s destined for greatness. Plus, Jessica’s active on social media and has already caught the attention of fellow Berklee alum Charlie Puth. Keep an eye out for more music and performances from this rising talent in the coming months.

Head below to discover more…

Hey Jessica, how are you? Where in the world are you?
Hey Wonderland! I’m feeling fantastic. Currently, I’m located in Boston, Massachusetts!

Can you tell us something we can’t read about you anywhere else?
So many things! For now, I’ll tell y’all that I’m a major foodie and a huge Boston Celtics fan.

Was there a moment when you knew you were going to be a singer?
Yes indeed! It was after I performed at a birthday party with my band in middle school. The energy I felt from the audience made me realize I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. But if you ask my mom, she’ll tell you that she knew I was going to be a singer from the moment I started talking!

How did you get started professionally singing at the age of 11?
My mom signed me up for a week-long summer program at a music studio in Baton Rouge, and after that, I began performing with bands that had been organized by that studio. The rest is history!

What was your biggest performance to date and what was that experience like?
I’d have to say my biggest performance to date was Jazz Fest in New Orleans, with a band I was with, during middle school. That was a spectacular thing to experience at just 14 years old. I’d say it was the closest performance I’ve had to feeling like a true professional. Plus I was geeking out because we were shuttled to and from the stage on golf carts, and even had our own trailer.

How have your studies helped you?
Studying at Berklee has helped me learn so much about the music industry, more so than I could have ever imagined. Being able to be taught by professors who have had, and still have, hands-on experience in the music industry is such a gift, and I am so grateful to be able to learn from them.

Can you talk about your current song, “Drunk Words, Sober Thoughts,” and the inspiration behind it?
“Drunk Words, Sober Thoughts,” is inspired by a friend who I know has feelings for me, as I do for him. When he’s inebriated, he lets his guard down and alludes heavily to these feelings, more than he’d like to admit. However, he backtracks and tends to shut me out when he’s sober. It’s a constant battle in my head of wondering why he only reveals himself when he’s drunk, and never when he’s sober.

What can we expect from you in terms of new music in the coming months?
Music that is way more raw than my previous work, and more genre diversity.

What are your goals for the next year?
To release so much more music, of course! I’m also thinking of possibly travelling to Europe, because I’ve never been.

PREMIERE: JESSICA REILLY – “DRUNK WORDS, SOBER THOUGHTS”

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