Jessica Smucker w/ Emily Grove
Piano driven singer songwriter
June 11, 2015 · 8:00pm
Jessica Smucker never meant to become a serious songwriter. For much of her life, she sang for fun and dabbled on the piano, but her real passions were poetry and nonfiction writing. She published numerous poems and essays in magazines and journals during her twenties, but as time went by she increasingly found herself turning to the piano for relaxation. Moving her fingers over the keys seemed to draw out words from a different place within her – a deeper, yet more effortless place.
Once she had written a body of songs, it took her a few years to find the will and the courage to put them out into the world. Now, seven years into her music career, she still thinks of herself as a writer first – and a reluctant performer. But audiences experience her voice as a sincere and captivating embrace – the perfect sonic match to her emotionally eloquent lyrics.
Jessica has performed all over the Eastern U.S. and has won several national songwriting contests including the Connecticut Folk Festival Song Competition (2013) and SolarFest ‘s Singer/Songwriter Showcase Competition (2010). She has opened for notable acts like Cheryl Wheeler and The Kennedys, shared festival stages with Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Dar Williams, Antje Duvekot and others, and co-billed with up-and-comers like Heather Maloney and The Stray Birds.
Jessica recently released her second full-length album, Tumbling After.
Former Berklee College of Music student Emily Grove sings dark and powerful songs with an unforgettable voice. As a solo act from the New Jersey shore, she’s won the Asbury Park Music Awards for “Best Female Acoustic Act” for four years in a row and won three Jersey Acoustic Music Awards (best female singer[2011 and 2012]/female songwriter ). She has toured the UK, US, and Canada, opening up for and performing with David Ford. Also, she recently sang backup for David Gray on the Today Show.