JESSYE DESILVA is a Boston-based singer/songwriter and teacher who is passionate about the human stories found in such diverse mediums as opera, musical theatre, rock and roll, cabaret, and Baroque concert repertoire. Favoring a sound that lies somewhere between piano-driven alternative rock and country-tinged folk, Jessye's music centers around the idea that it is through the sharing of one's specific experience that listeners will see their own stories reflected back. About Jessye’s debut album Hoarfrost and Crocus Shoots, Jason Scott of indie blog B-Sides and Badlands says, “DeSilva evokes a chest-ripping emotion that hovers inches above the ground, pouring forth the kind of wellspring folk music rarely witnesses.” As a nonbinary queer person growing up in the conservative church, they often felt isolated and different, however it was the vulnerability and resilience of artists such as Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, and Stevie Nicks that reminded Jessye that they were not alone. The evolution of relationships, societal and religious alienation, the community of chosen family, and the healing of the biological family are among the recurring themes in Jessye's work.
Jessye is enrolled in the Equity Membership Candidate Program (EMC) through the Actor’s Equity Association. They earned their Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at Temple University. Their Doctoral Monograph, titled A Survey of the Current State of Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Training at the Graduate Level, focuses on the need for the inclusion of contemporary and musical theatre techniques in graduate level voice pedagogy programs. They have received additional training at the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory. They currently serve as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Voice at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in Boston, MA.
*Jessye identifies as gender nonbinary and uses the pronouns they/them