We conducted a lovely interview not too long ago with Jessica Harper, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. During our wonderful conversation, she talked about life, her most memorable musical moment, and the greatest obstacle she had to overcome.\r\n\r\nJessica Harper \u2013 "Rainy Day" music video\r\n https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlUOHnuQjiQ\r\n\r\nWhere are you from and what is life like growing up there?\r\nJessica Harper: I\u2019m originally from a small town in Missouri. It was safe and I knew everyone around me. However, that safety also translated to the music I was making. In both my artistic and personal life, I did what was expected of me: be interesting enough to be known, but blend in enough to stay palatable. I didn\u2019t allow myself to take chances and push the boundaries of who I was and what I wrote until I got out. I\u2019m grateful for my upbringing because it powered my need for autonomy over every decision I make, my need for freedom.\r\n\r\nWho are some of your musical influences?\r\nJH: Tom Petty and Taylor Swift are the reason I started writing. This is a lot more apparent in my previous releases than it is now. I still write a lot of folky singer-songwriter material, but lately have taken a plunge into edgier pop, disco, and even some hip-hop! Recently, I\u2019ve been learning a lot from Lady Gaga, UPSAHL, and Ashnikko.\r\n\r\nWhen did you realize that you wanted to become a singer?\r\nJH: I\u2019ve always been a singer. It was never a choice; it\u2019s an integral piece of who I am. It wasn\u2019t until eighth grade that I committed to it being my career, though. Growing up, I didn\u2019t know any pop stars or professional songwriters to look up to, so it took a while to see that it could be my full-time job. Still, when I came to that realization at 13, the only music careers modeled for me were in opera and musical theatre. So, I went to a boarding arts high school to study opera. I spent my entire first year there looking over my shoulder at the singer-songwriter program. That was the first time I saw others doing what I wanted to do. I switched majors sophomore year and never looked back on being a pop singer.\r\n\r\nJessica Harper\r\n\r\nHow would you describe your sound?\r\nJH: My sound is finally coming out of its teenage years \u2013 trying new styles and personalities every few months. I\u2019ve started to land on something really fun that I can\u2019t wait to share with you guys! It\u2019s going to be a lot darker and more commercial than my previous work (think Billie Eilish with the drama and expressiveness of Lady Gaga).\r\n\r\nWhich artist would you like to collaborate with?\r\nJH: I love working with my friends! They are some of the most talented and coolest people I\u2019ve met, and I\u2019m grateful that they\u2019re right in my backyard at USC. Venturing out, Charli XCX is someone I\u2019ve been digging a lot lately. Getting into more electronic hyper-pop would be a lot of fun!\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s the greatest obstacle you had to overcome?\r\nJH: I had an eating disorder for a long time, specifically bulimia. Not only did that overtake my entire thought process in day-to-day life, but the act of it put my voice at risk. That\u2019s what ultimately pushed me into recovery. The risk of sacrificing my career and love for music isn\u2019t worth any temporary satisfaction.\r\n\r\nWhat's the best advice anyone has ever given you?\r\nJH: One of my teachers, the legendary, Patrice Rushen, always tells our class, \u201cPlan your work, and work your plan.\u201d It\u2019s simple, but reminds me of the dedication it takes to succeed in this industry, especially whenever I get caught up in thinking creativity and a good song is all I need. If I want anyone to hear my music or care, a lot of work goes into putting it out there and getting in front of the right people. There\u2019s no such thing as an overnight sensation.\r\n\r\nJessica Harper\r\n\r\nWhat would you say is your greatest accomplishment?\r\nJH: I\u2019m more focused on the process than the final product. I love making music, and every day that I get to do that I consider it a success.\r\n\r\nWhat would you say is your most memorable musical moment?\r\nJH: My first show back after the quarantine was the most fun I\u2019ve had on stage in a long time! Something about a hiatus made it all the more special :)\r\n\r\nWhat advice would you give to an aspiring singer?\r\nJH: Explore every style and genre possible! You never know what your niche is going to be until you\u2019ve tried it all.\r\n\r\nDecades from now, when people mention Jessica Harper\u2014what will they say?\r\nJH: They\u2019ll talk about range. One day, I\u2019ll write a Country song for another artist to sing, and the next day, I\u2019ll be scoring a film. I want my career to be vast.\r\n\r\nWhat are three things on your bucket list?\r\nJH: (1) International tour, (2) write for Dua Lipa, and (3) design my own fashion line. Big dreams, ha-ha.\r\n\r\nDo you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?\r\nJH: I live by the Law of Attraction: \u201clike attracts like.\u201d When I stay positive and give myself to others, the same positivity and nourishment come back to me.\r\n\r\nHow can people get in contact with you and where can they go to hear your music?\r\nJH: I'm most active on Instagram right now. My handle is @jessicaharpermusic.\r\nThanks for a great interview, and as an honored guest, is there anything else you would like to say?\r\nJH: Watch out for me in the next few years, big things are coming :)\r\nJessica Harper \u2013 "Rainy Day" single\r\n\r\n\r\nWe recommend adding Jessica Harper's "Rainy Day" single to your favorite contemporary-pop playlist. Also, let us know how you feel in the comment section below. Mel Blanc\u2019s famous catchphrase, \u201cThat\u2019s All Folks!\u201d Thanks for reading another great interview on Bong Mines Entertainment - the hot spot for new music. 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