Jessica Oppermann, a 17 year old francophone high school student from Ancaster, Ontario, has been singing on stage since she was 2 years old. This honour roll student, who speaks three languages, has used her love of music to help her get through the stress of the pandemic.
“I’m a student at a francophone high school and during the pandemic, classes went online for the first time in my educational history,” said Jessica in an online interview. “This was very a difficult (adjustment) because having access to a social outlet is key during an adolescent’s life. I found myself feeling like I was “locked-up” in my room, always doing schoolwork. Since I was a little girl, I loved to sing. My parents would find me singing and dancing in the house, and it’s something that’s always made me happy. One day, I started thinking I should write down my ideas so that someday I could turn them into songs. Within a 4 month period, I had surprised my family by writing and composing melodies to 14 songs.”
Jessica’s father, who plays guitar and has been involved in music since a young boy, had built a recording studio in the family basement, but Jess always seemed disinterested in recording herself. “I was a competitive dancer before. That being said, I didn’t have the time to focus on music,” added Jessica.
After she presented her family with a small living room concert (with her sister’s gentle prodding) she impressed her family so much that her father joined her to help lay down the tracks for the vocals, including the harmonies. She creates all her music and lyrics on the ukulele. “Sometimes, I get on the drums to add percussion to my songs,” she added, “My music has started changing my life to deal with the stress and anxiety of being home during the pandemic. It also helped with any boredom I was feeling since there was nothing much to do.”
Jessica is definitely very creative. She has asked her English teacher if she can record a song and video to present as a final project, which is something she is currently working on. You can listen to that song here: https://youtu.be/hBUYjCvHer0 .
She ended our interview by saying, “COVID has had various negative effects on my mental health, and I tried to turn a difficult situation around by developing my musical talents.”
Jessica’s new, “Covid Talent” is something that is worth looking out for. She is hoping to have her tracks online soon. We can’t wait to hear a lot more from her in the future. Go Jess!!