Jessica Callahan’s home is in Los Angeles, California, but for the 25 year old musician, Houston is now playing an important role in the next stage of her career. Blind since birth, Jessica began playing piano at the age of 9 and had already released her first two albums before she was out of high school. She is now working on her next album and has already recorded two songs at Houston’s legendary SugarHill Recording Studios.
SugarHill has a rich 69-year history and is home to some of Houston’s finest producers, engineers and musicians. Working with producer and engineer Chris Longwood in March, Jessica recorded the songs ‘Better Change (On The Way)’ and ‘Babysitting California.’ The local musicians accompanying her on the tracks include drummer Tyson Sheth (Jennifer Grassman, Trystan Layne) and recently signed, NewWest recording artist Robert Ellis on guitar.
The stunning music video for ‘Better Change (On The Way)’ was filmed in Houston at Playhouse 1960 and directed by Michael Gilg. Like the song itself, the video is both stark and dramatic. The string arrangement by Robert Ellis for cello and violin provides the perfect compliment to Callahan’s performance as the emotion of the song slowly builds to crescendo.
'Better Change' made it's radio debut following an afternoon interview with 103.7 FM's Donna McKenzie this past Tuesday to promote Jessica's appearance that night at the upscale piano bar 88 Keys. For a portion of the evening, Callahan was accompanied by a cellist and violinist from the UH School of Music for a performance that included both of her newly recorded songs along with songs from her previous albums. Jessica closed the evening with a show stopping cover of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ that seamlessly transitioned into a poignant version of ‘Wild Horses’ by The Rolling Stones.
Jessica Callahan’s next performance will be in New York City at the Gibson Hit Factory on Wednesday, June 22nd, but you can expect her to return to Houston before too long. You can also see Jessica on an upcoming episode of Hollywood In Houston on MCB channel 55.4. A film crew from Mi Casa Broadcasting captured Callahan's interview with Donna McKenzie as well as her performance at 88 Keys.