The career of Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Jessica Rotter began at the tender age of four, when her talent was discovered during a solo at church. Fast forward a couple decades, and the songstress’ voice has been heard across multiple genres, from movies, TV shows and commercials to backing vocals and collaborations with other artists—all in addition to her own original songs. The list of artists she has worked with reads like a who’s who of the music industry today: Daft Punk, Carole King, Alicia Keys, Sam Smith, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Quincy Jones, Martina McBride and others.
Rotter’s family roots are steeped in music as well. Her grandfather was a multi-instrument artist who wrote tunes for music legends Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Her parents both have a musical background, her mother a flutist and her father a composer and music contractor/fixer. With that background as well as her classical training from Pepperdine University in music, theatre, and filmmaking, it’s no surprise that Jessica—who describes herself as a “musical storyteller”—is able to transcend creative boundaries and defy what’s expected of a modern female musician. She is just as comfortable using her voice in a major feature film (appearances have included Pitch Perfect, Frozen and Despicable Me 2) as she is performing one of her own original tracks in an intimate, club setting.
In 2014, Jessica’s mashup track with Emily Colombier—entitled “Stay/Animal”—turned into an organic social media sensation, reaching #1 on HypeMachine’s chart, garnering hundreds of thousands of listens across online platforms and making its way onto iTunes. Musically, she is currently focusing on her solo performances and next album, having recently released two Singles with B-Sides, “Winter Sun” and “Hit The Ground.”
On the role of music in her life thus far, Jessica explains why she can’t imagine a career in anything else: “Music is the universal language that never has to be born in us because we are born with it—it’s where we come from and where we’re going. Music is eternal.”
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Watch Jessica Rotter and Emily Colombier perform a mashup of Stay by Rihanna/Mikki Ekko and Animal by Miike Snow below!
Mashup of Stay by Rihanna/Mikki Ekko and Animal by Miike Snow