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Cincinnati Women in Music: Jess Lamb

Photo Cred: Tay Hues Photography

Jess Lamb is half of the band Jess Lamb and The Factory with Warren Harrison. The collaborative project is infused with a focus on community, spirituality, self-discovery, self-love, and genuine passion for their craft. Jess Lamb is known for her passion in lifting others up, giving back to her community, and being an inspiration to everyone she meets. It was an honor to talk to Jess about being a Woman in Cincinnati Music. Jess Lamb is a treasure to the Cincinnati community, she truly does live her art.

What are some things we may not know about Jess Lamb?
 I spent most of my quarentine times developing as a teacher. I am now the Adjunct Songwriting Instructor at Xavier University. I am also currently accepting new *private piano/vocal clients (all ages and skill levels welcome, message me via jesslamb.com to book a lesson). My husband and I also began shooting and editing music videos with our sudden burst of free-er time. Jess Lamb and The Factory production team shot and edited the "IDK" music video for Siri Imani as well as our first music video for "Beautiful" from our new album, You Are. Our mantra- #LivingMyArt has more fully come to fruition throughout 2020.  

As a woman in Cincinnati Music, do you feel that your gender has ever hindered your path? Do you feel that you have to work harder to get your voice heard?
I actually haven't felt that way in this city. I feel like I am able to develop in a safe, free space. I have collaborated with/shared the stage with many talented, respectful men in Cincy. Plus, The Factory- Warren Harrison and Kris Linkugel, elevate my vision with their unfailing support as bandmates and family. I am blessed.

What women in music (or behind the music) do you admire?
So many... I could never name them all. Those who I have created with and vibed with throughout this heavy year include photographer, Taylor Hughes (Tay Hues Photography). She gives her light to many musicians in the scene. She was also Director of Photography for our latest music video, "Beautiful."I have had countless anointed, improv nights jammin' at Revel OTR through the years with Siri Imani and Krystal Peterson, which are some of my faves. They are featured in the track. More local goddess artists I admire include: Kate Wakefield, Molly Sullivan, Laura Dolan, Bla'szé....I've been vibing on Feist and Björk these days too. I have been drawn to gentle vocal stylings and artists who experiment and explore in order to elevate their music. I just dig when artists do what they wanna do.

What do you want people to take away with them when they think of you?
I want people to feel empowered when they think of me. I want them to experience revival in their souls when they listen to my music.
 You are beautiful.
 You are powerful.
 You can make it.