Whilst some musicians may look to predictable approaches and stick to one particular musical stream, New Mexico-born songstress Jessica Victoria defies convention at every stage, exploiting both her classical training and singer-songwriter credentials and finding lyrical and thematic influence from Arthurian mythic history! Jessica Victoria’s album Songs of The Summer Realm has a little something for everyone, transporting the listener to a different time and place, while instilling ideas and ideals which remain incredibly relevant. Preceded by three exclusive tracks, Wayfaring Stranger; Love Charm and Some Songs are for Crying, from classical to opera to Celtic folk to rock and pop, the musical journeys Jessica will take you on are as inspiring as they are magical.
Dr. Jessica Victoria has performed for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and with orchestras in the United States, Europe and South America, picking up many awards for her vocal performances along the way, but this still doesn’t reflect the sheer scale of her musical output. With ancestral links to Celtic regions around the world, Jessica’s fascination with both the music and literature from these areas permeates her music, with lyrics (both traditional texts and her own contributions) accentuating the strong female characters in Arthurian legend, and extoling the virtues of leaders of integrity who often seem so missing from the present day.
“This is the first album on which I’m following my passion for song-writing and mythic history. I am a classically-trained musician who still loves to do opera, orchestra and recital work, but this album is the beginning of a new life for me in many ways.
I wrote many of the songs at my harp, Merlin, which is a Merlin RHarp made by Rick Rubarth in Colorado. Some may wonder how a girl who grew up in Albuquerque developed such a love for Celtic culture and music. One answer may lie in our family’s roots. In the last few years, my research revealed the likelihood that some of my family came from Galicia, a part of Spain with Celtic links”
Jessica Victoria holds a doctorate in musical arts from The Catholic University of America, a Master of Music in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and bachelors’ degrees in music and foreign languages from the University of New Mexico, where she graduated summa cum laude. In addition to a thriving performance career, Victoria directs the voice track of the Sacred Music Program at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Collaborating artists on Songs of the Summer Realm include such well-known Scottish musicians as Lorne MacDougall of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and the Tannahill Weavers; Mary Ann Kennedy; Euan Stevenson; Wendy Weatherby and Euan Burton. Jessica recorded the album at Watercolour Music in the Scottish Highlands. Born blind, her condition does not hold her back in any way, composing using Braille music and transcription and enjoying horse riding, ballroom dancing, baking and swimming in the sea (not necessarily all at the same time!)