YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Jessica Calamera has been performing and writing songs as long as she can remember, and now the 23-year-old Yorktown Heights native is ready to share her talent in the form of her debut album.
“It’s really about my life. The last two and a half years or so,” said Calamera, who related each of the album’s 12 songs to a page from her diary. “It’s something everyone can relate to.”
The album, titled "This Much Fun," will be released as part of a Feb. 9 concert at the Winery at St George in Mohegan Lake. The release party begins at 8 p.m. and admission is $15. Calamera, a Lakeland High School graduate, will perform all 12 tracks from her new album, including one bonus track.
Calamera, who performs under the name Jessica Lynn, said the whole album process began two and a half years ago when she decided to re-invent herself. Calamera used to perform in a pop/rock band, but said her album gets back to her roots with a mix of county, pop and rock.
"It’s been a really crazy process," Calamera said about recording the album with her 12 band members.
Along with writing her own songs, Calamera also plays piano, drums and guitar. Both of her parents are musicians, and the family started performing together as a wedding band when Calamera was 18 years old.
"There was kind of no other path for me take," she said. "It’s the best job I can ever ask for, to do what I love."
Calamera said her influences range from the harmony-heavy sounds of the Beach Boys, to the ballad-writing of Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond. Her strongest influence, though, may be country singer Shania Twain.