An 18-year-old singer songwriter from Bradshaw, Halifax, has signed a worldwide recording deal which could see her songs being used in adverts and movies across the globe.
Jess Thristan, formerly of North Halifax Grammar School, has been writing her own songs for the past four years and has gained a following through posting videos of her songs on YouTube.
“I try to make songs that you don’t have to put much effort in to listen to - I think you can listen to my music and just chill out,” said Jess, whose musical taste ranges from the Beatles to Disney songs.
“One of my main influences is Demi Lovato - she is one of the reasons why I started playing guitar and writing music,” said Jess.
Her songs have recently been played to an audience of millions on Claire Balding’s BBC Radio 2 programme.
She said ideas for songs come to her at unusual times and are often about personal experiences and emotions she draws from movies.
I’ve found that as I’ve progressed with my music if I try to sit down with the intention of writing a song, nothing will come - I have to wait for it to come to me,” she said.
“Sometimes I’ll wake up at one in the morning and have an idea for some lyrics or a phrase, and I’ll have to write it down.
“So I’ll often piece together lyrics from different things that I’ve noted down.
“My most recent song Side By Side is about how all my friends have gone off to university, but I’ve taken a gap year to try and pursue my music - it’s about missing my best friends, so it’s a big thing to get used to.”