Siskiyou Music Project welcomes back vocalist and songwriter Jessica Fichot and her group for a performance at the Old Siskiyou Barn.
Fichot really has no choice but to create diverse art. Born in upstate New York to a Chinese mother and French father, she spent her youth in France. After earning a degree in audio engineering in Paris she enrolled in Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music to study songwriting. While in Boston, she penned countless children’s songs for musical theater and later, for educational programs. More than a hundred of her songs have been published as part of ESL programs in over a dozen countries.
Relocating to Los Angeles, she embraced her international influences and independently released her critically acclaimed 2007 debut album, “Le Chemin,” garnering the stamp of approval from tastemakers such as LA Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, and KCRW – and licensing a few songs in major movies and TV shows along the way. She also began to tour the world, traveling regularly throughout the U.S., and even to Mexico, China and Europe.
In her new EP “Dear Shanghai”, Fichot departs from her trademark French chanson style and takes the listener to 1940’s “Shanghai”, with a work entirely sung in Mandarin Chinese and celebrating her mother’s hometown. The multicultural musician covers jazzy numbers, exotic rumbas and a couple of original songs, as well as a pop classic from Hong Kong – bringing a fresh, modern take on musical gems spotlighting the golden era of the city.
Fichot seamlessly shifts between languages and with great artistry, crafting an intriguing journey that beckons listeners to come back.