Jessica Lynn is a singer-songwriter originally from
She's studied classical and contemporary music at the University of
Montana in Missoula and Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Recently Jessica took time off of school to
pursue recording her first full-length original album in Montana, (released March 26th, 2013) and pursue music in a broader sense. Along with the album release, she spontaneously made the
move to Nashville, TN in summer, 2013 to continue her passion for folk
music and the pursuit of performing and song writing.
Jessica grew up on the outskirts of a small town
called Columbus, MT where she spent most of her time practicing piano, singing,
riding horses, and exploring the mountains. At the age of 14 she was asked to
sing the National Anthem at a high school basketball game in her hometown. That
first solo experience was what solidified her love of performing. She considers
the Star Spangled Banner to be the one song that pushed her into a love of the
spotlight. "I didn't really know I could sing until I sang the anthem in
front of people. The response I received was so overwhelming, I knew it was
what I wanted to do for the rest of my life." She continued singing the
anthem throughout her high school years at many CHS sporting events and every
community gathering she could find.
At 16 Jessica found her father's old guitar and
began teaching herself to play. "Having my guitar made it so much easier
to be spontaneous with my song writing. I knew I wouldn't always have a piano
around and I needed something more portable." Almost immediately she found
that song writing was her greatest form of expression and one of her greatest
passions. After graduating high school, Jessica moved to Missoula, MT to study
opera and vocal performance. Whilst working three jobs and taking a full load
of credits each semester, she continued song writing and performing whenever an
opportunity arose. Again she found a comfort zone in singing the national
anthem at Grizzly sporting events on campus, including a Griz Football playoff
game in fall of 2011.
After two and a half years at UM, Jessica decided her
career goals were not in opera, and she chose to leave Missoula in hopes of
studying her own music more exclusively. In spring 2012 Jessica transferred to
Berklee College of Music in Boston. where she began studying the more modern forms of
music and song writing and found a new passion for music therapy. She fell in
love with the city, the school, and the musicians she called friends, but after
a semester chose to move back to Montana to start putting what she had
learned into practice.
Over the past few years of traveling and exploring music away from the academic world, Jessica has continued to write about each new experience. Those experiences led to books upon books of songs, which she decided to turn into
an album shortly after leaving school. Her good friend, photographer, and producer, Dennis
Webber, agreed to take on the project in summer 2012 and the two worked side by side until the final release of 'Skin and Script' in spring 2013.
After landing in Nashville, TN this year, Jessica underwent a name change and now goes by Ira Wolf on stage. She has continued pursuing songwriting and performing, while working on a new acoustic EP project and setting off on her first tour in May 2014.
Jessica's work can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and SoundCloud.