Belfast, County Down
One of the most exciting new pop talents to emerge in 2020, Belfast-based Jessica Hammond started her music career at 14 on Disney’s 'My Camp Rock' performing alongside Demi Lovato. She then went on to tour as a solo artist and recorded her debut album at aged 16 which received airplay on Northern Ireland's top radio stations including Cool FM & Citybeat.
Jessica has worked alongside some of the UK's best producers and Grammy award-winning writers, including Amy Wadge (Thinking Out Loud/Ed Sheeran) & Sandi Thom (I Wish I was a Punk Rocker) and Ollie Jacobs (The Saturdays) and after qualifying as an accomplished sound engineer, she went on to establish her own recording studio where she now works full time as an artist, writer and producer and in late 2019 decided to begin the process of releasing some more of her own music.
The debut single Ugly was released in May 2020 and has done very well to date.
- RTE 2fm Breakfast Show Track of the Week
- Play Irish Track of the Week on Beat 102103
- KCLR Track of the Week
- Shazam Best New Music playlist
- Tik-Tok: 250k video streams using Ugly
- Plays on BBC NI’s Across The Line, BBC Radio Ulster, Amazing Radio, Q Radio, Spin 1038, Spin
Southwest, Flirt FM, Red FM, FM104
Speaking of the track Jessica says: “Ugly is a song I wrote after dating someone for a short space of time, and whilst getting to know them, learning their personality was not very nice. The song is about dating someone who is very beautiful on the outside but ugly on the inside, this person was very insecure, unkind, disloyal, selfish and thought that because they had ‘Looks’ they could get away with anything. I feel it is a great empowerment song not just for girls but for guys also.”
Ugly is the first of several tracks being released with the next one Tomboy being released on August 7th 2020. Jessica signed with one of the most interesting new record labels Paragon who boast such talents as Curtis Walsh and Kitt Philippa amongst their roster. Expect to hear much more of Hammond and her music as we hit summer 2020.
Jessica concludes: “I want to create music that makes young girls and guys who mightn’t be the most confident feel empowered and strong like "a boss" so they feel like they can handle anything and like it doesn't matter if you don't fit in and its ok to be different.”