Jessica Lee Morgan is a singer songwriter who doesn't beat around the bush. She's been raised on rock and folk by legendary parents, Mary Hopkin and Tony Visconti, and writes songs that come from the heart and the head... and her own diverse experiences. As happy in a tiny club or a large theatre, she performs live with her guitar, percussion strapped to her boots, and partner Christian Thomas on bass.
Jessica's released six albums, all recorded wherever her studio happens to be - on terra firma or on wheels... with Christian at the controls. The latest was a duet album with mother Mary, called Two Hearts. Her last solo album was Change The Record.
Aside from finally making a whole album together, Jessica often collaborates with her mother, Mary, running the label Mary Hopkin Music. They wrote 'The Less Said The Better' together on Forthright, and wrote and sang a duet together, 'Here it All Comes Again', on Jessica's first album I Am Not. Both songs appear on Two Hearts. Jessica sang backing vocals on Mary and brother Morgan Visconti's album You Look Familiar, among others. She has toured with Brian Willoughby and Cathryn Craig, completing the band for Very Hopkin: An Evening Without Mary Hopkin. She also sang 'Those Were The Days' at Wales at No.1 at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, sharing a stage with the likes of Shakin' Stevens, Richie Valence, James Dean Bradfield and Amy Wadge. Jessica also represented both parents at Ralph McTell's 75th birthday concert at The Royal Festival Hall in 2019. Both parents have a history of working with Ralph, from his fourth album to his most recent, on which Jessica also sang.
Jessica launched a new show called 'Those Were The Days' in 2022, celebrating music by women from 1968, when Mary shot to fame, and 1976 when Jessica was born.
In Tony Visconti's Best of Bowie (previously Holy Holy), Jessica plays 12-string guitar, saxophone, percussion and vocals, with Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 on lead vocals. They've toured the UK, Canada, Europe and Japan. In the USA, as part of a 9-week tour, they played Carnegie Hall and Radio City along with such stars as Debbie Harry, Robyn Hitchcock, Perry Farrell, Cyndi Lauper and Ann Wilson. Very often Jessica shared the support slot with her singer/songwriter/composer brother, Morgan Visconti. She's also sung on his album, Ride.
Jessica has been touring with Robyn Hitchcock since 2018, and in 2022 toured for the second time with The Blow Monkeys. She has also supported Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers (with whom she guested on saxophone), T.Rextasy, Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet and Mark Morriss of The Bluetones. Jessica has also been taking the role of Sandy Denny with premiere tribute band Coda Led Zeppelin, duetting on the 'Battle of Evermore' and playing a support set.
2020 started with some high profile gigs with Holy Holy and also supporting Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet (including a sax duel!) but after all live music was cancelled, Jessica and Christian decided to mount a virtual Time Zone Tour, during which the album Forthright was released, and continue with livestream gigs sporadically.
Jessica has sung 'Those Were The Days' to Baron Cobbold, founder of Knebworth Rock Festival, on his 80th birthday and also in 2022 at his memorial birthday picnic, and shared a stage as Polly Garter with Sir Ian McKellen for the Dylathon, directed by Michael Bogdanov. She also contributed two guest vocals on Decades, an album by David Palfreyman and Nicholas Pegg and featuring, among others, David Warner and Sarah Jane Morris.
Live performance has taken a back seat for a while as Jessica concentrates on teaching the Alexander Technique. Father Tony is also a teacher and when on tour together they have often shared AT work, which is enormously helpful for musicians as well as everyone else. Find out more about the Alexander Technique at SpaceOutJLM.com.