Jess Connelly looks like your dream girl, and sounds like your day-dream. She has soul beyond her years that she undoubtedly found in herself when she moved to the Philippines at just 18 years old. Nonetheless, her sound has drifted well over the Pacific Ocean to reach us. Her single “Turn Me Down” is a slinky laid-back groove, and the video directed by Paco Raterta is an even more tranquil trip, that will without a doubt have you turning her smooth vocals way up. OC’s Daniel Buezo chatted with the songstress about her journey as an international artist, the wonders of the internet, and how love continues to inspire her.
DANIEL BUEZO: How did growing up in the Philippines influence your music?
JESS CONNELLY: I was born in Australia and moved to the Philippines when I was 18, but I definitely feel like I found myself when I moved to Manila. I was an introvert and never really felt like I fit in growing up. When I moved to the Philippines, I felt comfortable going for what I wanted. I never went to college, but Manila felt like my college phase where I experienced a lot of things for the first time. The creative scene here is inspiring and I think entertaining and creating is embedded in Filipino culture. I don't think I would have developed into who I'm at today if I didn't move here.