TIDAL Rising Artist Of The Week: Jess Connelly
Beyond boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao, and Pretty Little Liars star, Shay Mitchell, the Philippines is rarely known for exports in entertainment. Enter Jess Connelly, an MTV Philippines host and Fil-Aussie R&B singer who is flipping the perception of talent from the Far East.
In a country where O.P.M. (Original Pinoy Music) and covers of American hits reign supreme, Connelly’s sound could easily blend with the alternative-R&B sound that’s emerged in the U.S. She was born and raised in Australia till she was 17 years old before migrating to the Philippines and navigating her way throughout the industry to become an “artista,” a Filipino term for entertainers who usually juggle singing, dancing and acting. The introverted songbird opted instead to curate her own sound by seeking out local producers like crwn (a collaboration worth noting is the steamy, slow jam “Under Blankets“).
Her sweet yet sultry voice on top of throwback ’90s R&B-esque beats evokes images of a late-night private party for two with a down-to-chill vibe. Connelly, who also refers to herself as “JCON,” cites beloved acts like Aaliyah and Boyz II Men as her influences, which can be heard on tracks like “Radar/2am” and her latest single, “Turn Me Down.”
For this week’s TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week, Connelly reflects on life in the Philippines and overcoming her shyness in an interview with TIDAL before curating a personal “JCON Mood” playlist. Stick around, some real feelings might surface.
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