Daughter of the California sun and a scholar of music, Jessica Felman recently released her EP, “Starting Over,” which showcases her spiritual and emotional growth and talent as a singer, songwriter, and performer. This latest project has been featured on All Things Girl, The Country Site, The Female Musicians Daily, and University of Miami Alumni News. The title song has played on KBCO 97.3 FM, KBHR 93.3 FM, WBOR 91.1 FM, and Much Ado About Nothing radio show, and her promotional tour has included a release show at the Cat Club and a praised acoustic set at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. Jessica Felman creates folk music that incorporates elements of rock and pop to produce a raw sound that’s all her own. Guitar in hand, she’s reminiscent of a youthful Sheryl Crow and at the piano, she displays the sultry purr of Norah Jones paired with the raw strength and sentiment of Alanis Morrisette and charm of Michelle Branch. Born and raised in Pasadena, California and the middle child of a successful and musically-inclined family, Jessica wrote her first song at the age of six and by the age of ten knew that performing and connecting with an audience was in her future. “My dad plays cello, my mom plays piano and they both sing, so music has always been a part of my life,” says Jessica. She released her first EP entitled “Barely There” as a senior project in high school. Rather than sacrifice her education over music, Jessica found a way to accomplish both: she made a deliberate and conscious decision to attend the University of Miami where her carefully crafted music career started with a degree in voice and music business and a minor in Spanish. In order to balance her creative side with her business-oriented nature, Jessica interned at a recording studio during her final year of school. She later chose to work at Univision Music Group, the #1 Latin record label in the United States at the time, which was the perfect fit for combining her business, musical and Spanish skills. “I chose to postpone my music career in order to finish school and was very serious with my studies. So much so that I graduated with honors. However, I’ve been writing music and performing all my life but took a winding path to arrive at this point,” shares Jessica. Jessica is a folk singer at heart, citing Tom Petty as her greatest influence and mimicking his folk/hippie-style and chords in her first singles, ”Starting Over” and “Hard to Say.” She came to incorporate pop and other influences as part of her creative journey, and through her work with talented producers, including Juvenal Juarez, Yariv Vaknin and Brian Irwin, she has proven her willingness to grow as a true artist and give herself over to trusted producers. “Starting Over” is a healing project and a reflection of her spiritual path to enlightenment, which was ignited by breakups, rocky relationships and losing loved-ones to cancer. Writing the songs helped her cope through the rough times and represents a period of her life that she’s proud to have transcended. “I think we all can use a fresh start. I have no idea what the future holds but I know that anything is possible. My hope is that others find something in listening as I found while writing and recording,” says Jessica. As one who sometimes dreams in song, writes her way through tough times, and lets her passion ignite life, Jessica Felman is poised to enter her destined career fully prepared to make her mark.