Jessica Gerhardt is an LA-native singer-songwriter whose style ranges from intimate ukulele-driven folk to anthemic indie rock. Following after Fiona Apple and Alanis Morissette, Jessica writes in the tradition of fiery femme rock artists, but with a distinct spiritual bent, inspired by Sufjan Stevens and Au drey Assad. Having grown up in a Catholic-Jewish mixed faith family, Jessica was shaped by inclusive notions of religion, and this bears out as she lays claim to her spiritual identity in her forthcoming album, Alight Beyond the Sea, which explores themes of grief, hope, and belonging through the lens of her Catholic imagination.
Earmilk has described Jessica’s music as “experimental yet palpable.” LA Weekly says of her performance prowess, “she wears her heart on her sleeve and allows her voice to soar.” She has shared stages with Andrea von Kampen, Arielle Estoria, Josh Radnor, and Jamie Drake, and has been featured on compilations alongside Phoebe Bridgers and The Silverlake Chorus. Jessica is a sponsored Lanikai Ukueles artist and co-founder of the arts collective Parnassus & Co. Whether she’s performing or organizing community arts events, Jessica believes, “Good art points beyond itself, to the transcendent, to being lifted up. I seek to create music that does that for people.”