is a real passion for Jess, who fronted Taunton-based Indie Rock
band "Kennel" from 2003-2005, before spending a year in
London. She returned to Wellington in 2006 and wanted to start singing
again but was unable to find the right band.
Jess was an active member of the Wellington
Arts Assocation for more than ten years, performing in both operatic
shows and pantomimes at the Wellesley Theatre. The productions
that she has appeared in range from "Sweet Charity"
to "Dick Whittington", but her favourite was "Robinson
Crusoe" in 2004 in which she played the title role.
In October 2009 Jess read a story in
the Wellington Weekly News which said that Laura was leaving Best
Kept Secret, and that the band were looking for a new lead vocalist.
She got in touch and arranged to meet James, Robin & Robert
to audition. A planned one hour meeting quickly turned into three
and a half hours as she was having so much fun. At the end of
October Jess became the new singer for BKS and started rehearsals
ready for to take over just before Christmas 2009.
Jess said "It is great to be part of a well established band
with great musicians!"
Jess reluctantly left the band in 2011 after
accepting a new job in London, but hopes to continue performing
when she is settled.