Meet Jess Godwin

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Jess Godwin’s videos featuring her original songs have been viewed more than 2 million times over the past five years. She writes songs with people, for people and about people, and most of them tell a story about determination, resilience, and strength through vulnerability. Through her work touring the globe with The Major Lift – helping 40,000 students in 80 communities around the world combat shame through songwriting, one classroom at a time – she found that most students wanted to talk about the tough stuff. Consistently encouraging students of all ages to use their own words and ideas to find the positive spin in their songs AND their lives helped Jess find her way to her own Major Lift. Now she’s deeply passionate about helping you find yours.

Jess is a proud recipient of a 2018 $25,000 3Arts Award for her videos and music. Her original music has been licensed to Dance Moms multiple times and her voice has been heard on two commercial spots as the Daisy Sour Cream jingle singer. Over the past two years, Jess and her partner, Gabe, have been writing love songs for couples with their custom wedding song business, With This Song. As an actress, she has been onstage with Court Theatre, The Getty Villa, The Chicago Theatre, The Auditorium Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Writers Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Porchlight Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, The O’Neill Center, Double Door…but her favorite places to play have been school auditoriums and cafeterias.

As a musician, she performs everything from live electronic looping to classic jazz standards on the piano to theatrical one takes. Jess Godwin is a Chicago based songwriter, actor, teacher, and artist. Her talents are best showcased when she is channeling her pain, her insecurities, her frustrations - her human moments and transforming them, through the power of her craft, into uplifting moments of self-empowerment and self-expression.

Selected Songs






Forever Mine


Nobody But You

Fool Me Once

Say Love

The Major Lift

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The Major Lift is a non-profit that invites people of all ages to reclaim the story of their lives through songwriting. Created by Chicagoan Jess Godwin, the program has reached more than 40,000 students, inspiring people of all ages to promote mental wellbeing by candidly sharing about the "hard-stuff": depression, anxiety, shame, vulnerability through songwriting, a cathartic and powerful experience.

With This Song

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With This Song is Jess Godwin and Gabriel Ruiz, two Chicago-based songwriters and performers dedicating their talents to creating tailor-made love songs for your special day! In about a month after we interview the happy couple, you will receive a distinctive, professionally mastered recording of a song inspired by touchstones unique to your relationship for you to revisit for the rest of your lives.