Certain musicians have a "je ne sais quoi" quality where you don't know what it is exactly that makes her special, but you know that this artist is headed for bigger and better things. Such is the case with Jessica Rhaye and Mariposa audiences will get to see why at this year's festival.
ARTIST WEBSITE: www.jessicarhaye.com
Jessica Rhaye's self-titled release in 2000 landed her a performance on the East Coast Music Awards plus three ECMA nominations, including New Artist of the Year, Pop Artist of the Year, & Female Artist of the Year. The track “Time Out” became a finalist in the folk category of The International John Lennon Songwriting Competition & earned Jessica a spot on CBC's Great Canadian Music Dream television program as one of twenty-five featured performers from across Canada.
Since the release of her debut recording, Jessica's live performance has taken her across Canada, including a performance at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, & as far away as Niger, Africa, where she was selected by an international jury, to showcase as one of sixteen artists from around the world at the Francophone Games. "Performing in Africa was an interesting experience. Although I'm an English artist, my application was well received by the international jury & I did perform one song in French to meet the requirements of the Games” explains Rhaye.
She has supported shows for the likes of Great Big Sea, Randy Bachman & Matt Mays while sharing the stage with MIR, Bruce Guthro & Grammy Award winner Colin Hay, from the band Men at Work. Jessica has showcased at music industry festivals, North by Northeast (NXNE), Canadian Music Week (CMW) & the Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA). During CMW Jessica's song “Only One”, featured on the new album, was nominated as a finalist in the Canadian Radio Star National Songwriting Competition.
This past winter Jessica toured the UK with two fellow "Eastcoasters", Mariposa's faves from last year's festival, Matt Andersen and Dave Gunning.