March the 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate and highlight the valuable contributions women make to our world. One day is not enough, so this is part of a month-long series of posts celebrating female artists from Australia.
Today is the final post in a series of 31 interviews. I am incredibly excited to finish it with a bang, introducing today’s feature artist, Jess McAvoy, a prolific singer-songwriter and performer who has self-funded 13 records. She didn’t mention it in her interview, but she also writes and paints. I first met Jess at the Big Hearted Business Conference in Melbourne last year, and was blown away by her steady presence, and her immediate willingness to connect openly, honestly and vulnerably about things that really matter.
At that time, she was about to perform her first shows as the front woman of her new, seriously heavy rock and roll band, “HEROiNE”, and then jump on a plane to New York. (At the time she was best known for her quieter, acoustic style songs.) She was a bit nervous but the image that stuck with me was her steady light, and her willingness to dive in through the fear to see what was on the other side.
1. What art do you make?
I make music. I also make impressions on people. I would say that a big part of my creative output is interacting with all kinds of people. My main drive that has let me do this over the last twenty years has been music.