Slower Side of Time
Jessica Parsons-Taylor grew up in a little house fashioned from an 18-foot canvas yurt in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Situated on a hilltop overlooking Dorena Lake, Jessica spent her early years running wild on her family\'s 10-acres of forest. Rumored to have begun singing at the age of 6 months (a mostly-butchered, but thoroughly adorable version of Frere Jacques), Ms. P-T\'s musical tendencies began to itch violently at the age of 3, when her family inherited a piano. From then on, she could be found perched atop a piano bench, picking out show tunes, old jazz songs, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Bach, made-up ditties and everything in between, and trying in vain to reach the pedals. Jessica\'s passion remained fiery and consistent, and she immersed herself in piano lessons, voice lessons, choirs, operas and musicals over the next 15 years. At the age of 16, Parsons-Taylor recorded and released her first full-length CD-a compilation of piano/vocal jazz tunes from the 40s and 50s-which immediately impressed listeners with it's depth and maturity, so starkly contrasting the youthful face and 4\'11 frame of it's creator. A recipient of numerous scholarships and awards from sources including the University of Oregon School of Music, the Willamette Valley Folk Festival, Kiwanis Club, the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival, and the Plowshares Songwriting Contest, Jessica has continued to wow audiences in the Eugene and Portland areas with her new all-original album, The Slower Side of Time, released in March of 2007. A singer and pianist of the pop/jazz persuasion, Jessica\'s original music has been likened to the styles of Norah Jones, Diana Krall, and a young Joni Mitchell. Her achingly honest lyrics and ethereal vocal style combine to evoke something at once deeply familiar and charmingly fresh, and have garnered her a consistent and enthusiastic following wherever she goes.