“you make me feel like I’m not alone” – anon. student
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. Check out a few videos and some recent press below: