Jessica Rae – “Freedom Avenue” Album Release Party

“Freedom Avenue” Album Release party in Chicago…Come on out to Bub City and help celebrate! 8pm, Nick Lynch will open the night, Jessica Rae will jump on stage soon after and rock her songs from the new CD with her band! You don’t want to miss this show.

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Dockside Studios- Recording “Freedom Avenue”

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Here are a couple photos I wanted to share from my time at Dockside Studios, October 2013. I went down there to record my latest album…not sure how many of you know about how this works so I decided to take some time and spill it.

First, I decided back in April to raise money to produce an album. I’ve only recorded a 5 song EP and an acoustic album before and I couldn’t afford to invest in a full length album for my project. I turned to Kickstarter to ask friends, family and fans to reach into their pockets and donate whatever amount they could in exchange for different packages of goodies. Long story short, I was able to raise $17,341 in 25 days. Woo hooo!! step, music!

Like any songwriter, I had a lot of songs to choose from…I had to narrow it down to my top 20 or so.  Next step, PRODUCER. Alright, this is a challenge as there are many questions you have to ask yourself. What style production do I want, what types of musicians do I want on the record, who have they worked with in the past, are they reliable,are they willing to work at this budget, can they work within a certain time frame, etc.  With my friend Radney Foster’s help, I found Justin Tocket.  He helped pick out the songs for the record, choose the right musicians for the style of music I wanted, picked the studio, all that fun stuff.

Needless to say, Justin and I hit it off and we made a cool record that I’m proud of!!  Any fan of Radney Foster’s, check out the duet I sing with him “What Are You Doing On My Mind”!~

Available now on my website, Official release to Itunes and Amazon, March 1.  Thanks for reading =)

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Jessica Rae sings National Anthem for Global RallyCross

Jessica Rae sings National Anthem for Global RallyCross

This Thursday, signer/songwriter, Jessica Rae, will be singing at the final race of the Global RallyCross event. Its rumored that it may air on ESPN so keep posted. Check out the website here!

Also, if you haven’t ordered your PRE-RELEASED copy of Jessica Rae’s new CD, make sure you visit her website today. Not released to public until 2014, but if you pre-order you will receive a CD in time for the holidays!! What a great stocking stuffer!


Partnership with Golden Girl Chicago

Partnership with Golden Girl Chicago

Hey Everyone,
I’m excited to announce a partnership with Golden Girl Chicago~ I’m spending a lot more time in Chicago these days and who wants to look pasty in the winter, not me!! I met Jenn the other day and absolutely loved her energy, the way she spoke about her brand, and her entrepreneurship. I can’t wait to brainstorm on how we can continue working together in this beautiful city.

Girls helping girls in the business world. I like it!


Happened yet again

Happened yet again

I was a little freaked out as I checked into my hotel room in New Jersey…and low and behold, I get ANOTHER room that’s not made up. 2 nights in a row!!! What the hell.

If this happens in NYC tomorrow night I’m probably going to have a panic attack.


So I’m out on the road with Radney Foster this weekend…tonight is in Buffalo, NY. I love being out here as my dad grew up in this town. I have distant relatives that still live here and it’s awesome to see the city. 


One of the most fun things about being on tour are the stories. I have so many and I need to get better about writing them down. Anyway, just got checked into the Hotel…get up to the room to find that the chain door lock is secured. i am surprised to find someone in the room I was assigned to…I sneak a peek into the room to know what I’m dealing with and it’s someone under the covers on the bed. Ha! I think I woke someone up. Anyway, i head back down to the lobby and they tell me that they are going to send security as that room is not supposed to be occupied soo now I’m in a different room waiting to watch what happens next lol. 


Butterfly Artwork

Butterfly ArtworkJessica Rae painting

I’ve been obsessed with butterflies since I can remember. I love all the beautiful combinations of shapes and colors. I have many hanging in my condo and wanted to do a few art pieces of my own!

These two pieces are available through my website,…When these sell, I’ll create new ones!!


Milwaukee Summerfest, THIS SUMMER!

Milwaukee Summerfest, THIS SUMMER!

So happy to be performing at this years Milwaukee Summerfest! Catch me and my band on June 26th from 5-6pm at the Uline Warehouse Stage. Can’t wait!! Please spread the word and I’ll see you there.

On the stage with Radney Foster, Jack Ingram, Drew Womack, Bruce & Kelly

I shared the stage with some amazing talent last weekend.  Radney Foster organized a charity event where he had many of his friends come down to San Antonio to help raise money. I had the honor of singing background vocals and playing violin for each of these artists.  Each artist has a distinct flair to their music, they are all hit songwriters (Sara Evans, Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban…just to name a few), and their kindness was hard to beat.  Check out some of  the photos from the evening!

Also, I recently launched my Kickstarter campaign to help raise money for my new album!! How exciting, right?? I’m about 60% of the way there with only 9 days to go. Please check out THIS LINK to visit the campaign, check out the rewards you receive for your contributions (like an original Jessica Rae painting, yup, that’s right!!), and help spread the word. I’ve got some great new songs I want to get out to my fans but I need your help! Here’s a new song that is a contender for the album!


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New Record with your help!!

Thank you so much to those who have contributed so far!! We’re about halfway to the finish line! Keep sharing with your friends and family and encourage them to be a part of my independent music project! We’ve got 13 days…The campaign ENDS APRIL 10!! 

Also, I added a new reward! “Shout Out Video Package” You will see the video out takes and bloopers of the recording session, posted on youtube, with a personal shout out from Jessica Rae, acknowledging YOU as a fan and backer! +”Credits Package” + “Autographed CD Package”. Check it out and contribute what you can…any amount will help me reach the goal!!

You are making this happen!!

Here’s one the songs I’m considering for this new album! I wrote it with Pete Sallis and Marc Beeson. I’m excited to co-write with these guys as they’ve had their songs recorded by Phillip Phillips, Ronnie Dunn, Bucky Covington, Restless Heart, LeAnn Rimes, Pat Green, Martina McBride AND MORE.


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