Evelyn Jess is an openly gay, female singer-songwriter from the outport town of Ragged Harbour, Newfoundland. Growing up singing in church choirs and Lions Clubs, she dreamed of bigger stages and brighter lights.
Currently residing in Conception Bay South, NL, Jess has developed a style that is easy listening, while tackling big ideas and challenging norms. Her quirky, heartfelt songs cover everything from her struggles with mental health to the disappearance of the Canadian penny.
‘Home to Newfoundland', the first video single from upcoming album ‘Bare Bones’, was released August 20th, 2021. To date, Jess has released four music video singles from the anticipated record coming May 13th, 2023.
In May 2018, Evelyn Jess received national attention when she penned a response song to the controversy in Springdale, NL, where the local high school GSA’s request for a rainbow crosswalk for the LGBT+ community was denied several times by the town council. As an 2SLGBT+ activist, Jess wrote and produced a parody video to the tune of world famous drag queen RuPaul’s song, "Sissy That Walk," and entitled her version, “Paint the Crosswalk.” The video received 40 000+ views on Facebook and sparked fiery debate on social media.
As a solo artist, Jess has had the pleasure of singing alongside Juno Award Winner, Serena Ryder, and in June 2018, was the winner of the Amelia Earhart Songwriting Competition. Then during pandemic lockdown, Evelyn was featured on lead vocals for several releases from internet pandemic crowd pleasers, The CoVideo Collective! She can also be found leading pop-punk trio Evelyn Jess & The Hot Mess, but most often is seen performing as an intimate acoustic duo with her producer, GreyJay.