Phoenix Central Park – Behind Doors
|October 13, 2020|
|Phoenix Central Park|
Jessica O’Donoghue | Vocals & Piano
1:15 La Rosa Enflorece (Trad. Sephardic Romance) Arr. Jessica O’Donoghue
4:03 Parachute Jessica O’Donoghue
9:26 Lift Jessica O’Donoghue
14:50 Stay Jessica O’Donoghue
19:51 Lullay my Heart
Often seen singing with companies including the Sydney Chamber Opera and The Song Company, Jessica’s performance for Phoenix Central Park’s ‘Behind Doors’ showcases another side of her artistic practice. Here, Jessica presents a collection of original songs from her critically acclaimed debut solo EP ‘Emerge’ (2017).
‘A mercurial talent, Jessica has created songs with real depth. Listening to the album is a full-bodied experience: theatrical and intimate, operatic and haunting, raw and urgent, at once dark and contemplative and inspiring. It’s pop music with a difference.’ – Ashleigh Wilson (Arts Editor, The Australian)
‘Hypnotic, powerful and haunting. The vocals remind me of Sarah Blasko, soaring with an unrestrained strength. The production has so much depth, and a uniquely raw edge that keeps me completely captivated. It’s safe to say that I’m a fan.’ – Delia Bartle (Journalist, Indie Shuffle)
‘This was a standout. Hypnotic composition, skilful delivery.’ – Jessie Cunniffe (Music Critic, Rolling Stone Magazine)
Engaging and eclectic, Jessica O’Donoghue charges through uncharted waters on Emerge…Revelling in her raw and righteous vocal power, Jessica O’Donoghue dances above an alternative pop backdrop with the ease of a true artisan. – HappyMag
From the composer…
Parachute… is about wanting to stay in a sense of fantasy and not come down to face reality.
Lift… is a very intimate song about looking deep within and realising you haven’t been ‘feeding’ your inner self so as to blossom into the person you were meant to be in this world.
Stay… is a very personal and heart wrenching song that deals with loss, longing and helplessness.
Lullay my Heart… I wrote this song two years ago after losing my father Rory O’Donoghue. It’s about forgiveness and understanding, letting go and acceptance.