Jessie Kilguss’ path to becoming a songwriter has been roundabout. A classically trained actress, her first acting job was as one of the “afflicted girls” in Nicholas Hytner’s screen adaptation of the Arthur Miller classic The Crucible starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder. Later, Jessie had the life changing experience that sealed her fate as a singer when she appeared on London and Sydney stages with another actor and singer, Marianne Faithfull. It was during this production that Jessie realized that she wanted to be in charge of her creativity in a way that playing the same role for six months or more simply couldn’t provide.
Before launching her career in music, Jessie worked as an actress and honed her acting skills at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the prestigious Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Jessie co-wrote her first three records with gold record award winning production team Super Buddha (Blondie, Rufus Wainright.) The super duo of Charlie Nieland and Barb Morrison. According to Super Buddha:
“Jessie Kilguss is in the midst of a ferocious creative development,” says Super Buddha’s Nieland. “I see a great artist coming quite quickly into her own.” I feel she’s on the brink of something big and I can’t wait to see what it is.”
Nieland’s producer partner Morrison sums Jessie up succinctly, saying “[She] sounds like all the coolest music in your collection wrapped into one thing.”
This past August, Jessie traveled to Ireland with her band, Radio Gold ( John Kengla, Rob Health & Jason Loughlin) to record the soon-to-be-released record, The Sky Road. Jessie co-wrote The Sky Road with bandmate John Kengla and co-produced it with Jason, John & Rob. The Sky Road has been very well received by live audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.