Jess Vaira is a singer, songwriter, seamstress impassioned by harmony and sustainability. Folky, jazzy, soul with harmonies galore and a loop pedal thrown in for good measure.
In 2015 Jess played alongside such acts as the Sam Roberts Band and Sweatshop Union at The Edge of The World Festival in Haida Gwaii. Several of her songs have been featured in Film, Theatre and Television including the series Cedar Cove on the Hallmark Network.
2016 solo debut LP “In A Line”.
2014 “First Fret Problems” a collaboration with Barnaby Jones
2012 “Hand Shake for a Heart EP2” collaboration with Barnaby Jones.
2012 “All Love Album” contributed 2 songs – “Tupaco” and “Long Live your Love”.
2008 “Perspectives” True Fold. A collaboration with My Electronic Friends (East Van Digital).
2002 “Submissions” on the collaborative album by Bedroom Studios.
More than just a voice her song writing and playing style have also made her a favourite collaborator. Jess contributed vocals to several Bobs&Lolo albums one of which received a Western Canadian Music Award (2009) as well as 4 Juno nominations (2010, 2012, 2015, 2016). Jess has also worked with the likes of Randy Ponzio (Shore 104 finalist), Alex Maher/DNA6 (west coast hip hop) David Morin (Soul R&B Loop Artist), Adam Balie (Folk/Reggae), and Barnaby Jones (Rock).
Throughout Jess Vaira’s music career she’s rarely been an artist who steps lightly into a new experience, as she’d always much rather jump in with both feet, ready for anything. Her powerful yet graceful style grew naturally through years of performing jazz and folk music, until exploring tastes led her towards soul and reggae grooves, hip hop hooks and loop pedals. As a solo artist her music is open, true, and resonates with beautiful clarity.
If Eddie Vedder and Ella Fitzgerald were making Sunday brunch for Ani Difranco, Imogen Heap and Erykah Badu, they might be listening to Jess in the background. With an honest, sound that ranges from round and soulful to light and airy, Jess is a live performer and session artist in demand for her dynamic and engaging performances.