Brixton-based singer songwriter Jessica Winter made waves with her debut single 'Sleep Forever’ earlier this year and is now releasing her follow-up 'Let’s Keep This Shallow’, set to be released on June 7.
With a unique visual identity inspired by images of her former-glamour model mum, Jessica Winter's bedroom-bred sound merges pop-gothic influences with sultry song that is chilling yet enchanting. Taking inspiration from a wide span of genres, Winter describes her music ”as an honest attempt to make pop music influenced by Barbra Streisand to Death Grips.”
Born with hip dysplasia, the only chair two-year-old Winter could sit on was a piano stool. Naturally, she started taking lessons which quickly got her hooked. Ever since, she and the piano have been inseparable. At the age of 15, her parents got divorced and Winter started penning songs by putting her feelings into words: "I realised then that music is magic, it’s more powerful than we know. Writing songs since then has helped me get through some tough times in my life and gives me a sense of purpose,” says Winter.
Fast forward and Winter has written and produced songs with the likes of CID RIM, The Horrors, Gorillaz, Fat White Family and Pregoblin. Her music is deeply personal, authentic, political and, most importantly, driven by a message. ”I get depressed if I don’t write, I have to write a song a week,” the singer explains. And she is multi-talented, to say the least. Winter’s appreciation for art saw her launch a club night series, HATE THE HAUS, which brings talented creatives under one roof to showcase thought-provoking art and raise awareness around pressing issues – from plastic waste to animal extinction and is in collaboration with HATE Zine. She is also involved in Extinction Rebellion and performed at the rebellion’s Oxford Circus demonstration earlier this spring.
”I get depressed if I don’t write, I have to write a song a week.”
- Jessica Winter in conversation with HATE Zine
Now, the singer is preparing for a busy summer as she will introduce her spellbinding music to a Scandinavian audience, supporting Death Grips in Stockholm before returning back home for a main stage slot at Field Day Festival. With more mesmerising music in the pipeline, Winter is undoubtedly one to watch.
Watch Jessica Winter at Field Day this weekend and listen to Sleep Forever on Spotify