Jessica Lerner is a local San Diego vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Composing on piano and guitar, her original songs draw from a lifelong passion for exploring the world through songwriting. She has performed the National Anthem for both the Padres and the Chargers, and is one of a handful of artists endorsed by Logitech Ultimate Ears. Between work with her band and as a solo musician, Jessica has opened for artists including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Blake Lewis, and Rick Springfield.
Jessica’s debut EP, “After (h)Ours,” features 5 songs recorded and produced with her husband, Kevin Viner. The album explores love, infatuation, and sensuality, bringing listeners through the twists and turns of surrendering to our feelings and urges.
“The title is a play on words,” says Lerner. “We recorded everything in a homemade studio that isn’t soundproof, so we had to record late at night ‘after hours’ to escape background noise from cars and children playing. The ‘ours’ part of the title highlights that all of the songs tell stories about what happens in different phases of relationships, love, friendship, and loss.”
Listen to the album on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon Music. You can follow Jessica’s tour schedule and buy a physical copy of the CD on her website www.jessicalernermusic.com.
Talking with Jessica
When did you start singing?
I started singing when I was a small child, trying to emulate Judy Garland in The Wizard of OZ. I thought she was so beautiful and moving. My Mom found tons of places where I could perform from fairs to retirement homes. I eventually picked up piano and began to write my first songs when I was 14. Music and songwriting became a safe place for me when the real world was hard to navigate. I could work out my questions and thoughts in a song, and even if it was a sad song, I always felt a little better by the end of it.
What do you love most about San Diego?
San Diego has always been a great arena for me to test my skills and try new things musically. I’ve performed at virtually every mall, sporting game, venue, restaurant, etc. There have been some great artists that have come out of San Diego: Jewel, Jason Mraz, Eddie Vedder. I aspire to write songs like they have that carve out homes in people’s hearts. For other artists looking to make waves in the SD music scene, I recommend showing up in person and asking. We live in a very friendly city with a lot of opportunities. If there is a venue you want to play, musicians you want to meet, show up in person and extend a handshake. Most of the time, people say, “yes”.
To support Jessica’s new album, After (h)Ours, purchase it on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon Music. You can also follow Jessica’s tour schedule and/or buy a physical copy of the CD on her website www.jessicalernermusic.com. Have you heard her sing before? Isn’t she amazing?!