Jessica Medina understands the power of the human voice. The right voice can reinforce solidarity just as the wrong one can destroy it. As someone well aware of this dichotomy, she deeply considers the vocal power that resides within us all. Such awareness has been with her since childhood. Growing up in New York with a Dominican mother and Puerto Rican father, whose voices were the soundtrack of her formative years, she absorbed a lifetime’s worth of music before she could even sing herself. She has carried those sounds over into the lives of her own children, enlivening them with a likeminded blend of tradition and the unknown.
With Spanish and English as her native tongues, and New York City as her home, she quickly developed her talents through keen interests in culture, language, and performing arts. Said interests only intensified during summer trips to her grandparents’ in the Dominican Republic, where immersion heightened her sense of self in all respects. At Hunter College, under a rather different immersion of political science and women’s rights, she auditioned her way into a jazz performance class. Suddenly a new world was open to her: a home away from home that led her to study with such greats as Sheila Jordan and placed her on stages throughout New York City. The next step was a move to Paris in 2002. There she spent more than two years gigging throughout the city with well-respected musicians and artists across a variety of genres
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