Jessica "Jesca" Ada Hoop born April 21, 1975 in Santa Rosa, California is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, who writes and performs in diverse musical styles She has released five studio albums of her own, as well as live, acoustic and dual albums with others
- 1 Biography
- 11 Early life
- 12 Career
- 121 2003–2007
- 122 2008–present
- 13 Collaborations
- 14 Style
- 2 Discography
- 21 Albums by Hoop
- 22 Albums with others
- 23 EPs
- 24 Other
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Hoop was born in Santa Rosa, California to traditional Mormon parents Janette and Jack Dennis Hoop, and grew up singing hymns and folk tunes with her family in four part harmony At age 14, her parents separated and two years later she broke away from her Mormon religion Hoop described losing her faith as, "Now I feel free of it: I have faith in people" Hoop moved off the grid into the rural and wilderness areas of Northern California and Wyoming where she, "lived under a tree for a summer, in yurts, in cob dwellings, and in a chicken shack that I converted" At the age of 20 she was employed as a wilderness survival guide in a rehabilitation program for wayward teens in Arizona This course involved, "no camp, we would just walk, for two months They would learn how to make fire by friction, and the experience was life changing The environment was transforming"
While she had been creating music since she was a teenager, being a survival guide provided Hoop with the "mental space to write as I worked" By 2000, Hoop had moved to Los Angeles where she became a nanny to Tom Waits' children He and his wife Kathleen Brennan became instrumental in developing her career and brought her in contact with his music publisher Lionel Conway His company gave her a publishing contract and "an advance, something to live off, and helped to develop" Conway sent a demo of the song "Seed of Wonder” to the DJ Nic Harcourt who began to play the song on Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW It became one of the most requested songs on the show and created a considerable amount interest in the acoustic live shows Hoop had begun to play around Los Angeles She then signed to Columbia Records’ subsidiary "3 Records" and developed her first record with Tony Berg, producer and head of 3 Records Her debut album Kismet was released in September 2007 in the US Following a reshuffle at Columbia, Hoop was dropped 3 months into the release
As a result of meeting Tom Piper, the touring manager of the band Elbow, Hoop moved to Manchester, England in 2008 Initially she found it difficult to adjust "as a California girl, I find it hard to stay under that canopy of cloud" After settling in the Chorlton area of the city, Hoop spent 18 months recording new material for the album Hunting My Dress which was released in 2010 She had parked "a lorry trailer in my back garden that we use as an extension where I go to write" In the same year she signed with the US-based label Vanguard Records It was followed by the Snowglobe EP in 2011, which consisted of a handful of tracks recorded prior to her move to the UK Hoop described them as "folk songs" and the EP received a degree of critical acclaim She worked as a backing singer on Peter Gabriel's New Blood Tour in 2011 The following year she released The House That Jack Built In 2013 and 2014 she released Complete Kismet Acoustic and Undress, re-interpretations of songs from "Kismet" and "Hunting My Dress" respectively In 2016, Hoop released Love Letter for Fire, an album of duets with American singer-songwriter Sam Beam Iron & Wine Jesca Hoop signed with the label Sub Pop and announced that she would release the album Memories Are Now on February 10, 2017
Hoop has collaborated with many recording artists, including Stewart Copeland, Guy Garvey, Iron & Wine, Willy Mason, Blake Mills, Shearwater, Erika Wennerstrom, The Ditty Bops and many more Hoop's extensive touring since her debut record saw her opening for Mark Knopfler, Elbow, Placebo, EELS, Shuggie Otis, Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Punch Brothers, Shearwater and The Ditty Bops
On April 15, 2016, Hoop released Love Letter for Fire, an album of duets with American singer-songwriter Iron & Wine, on Sub Pop The album features contributions from Wilco's Glenn Kotche, Rob Burger, Eyvind Kang, Sebastian Steinberg, and Edward Rankin-Parker It was produced, recorded, and mixed by Tucker Martine Hoop and Iron & Wine are toured North America in support of the album, starting in May 2016
Hoop's style has been characterised as largely experimental with folk, rock, and electronic influences Her early mentor, Tom Waits, described it as, "like a four-sided coin She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or a red moon Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night"
She often finds that, "I have an identity crisis every time I write a catalogue of songs, I think: what is this music Where does it fit" She explained her tendency to move between a number of styles as, "I am impressed by the power of music and its ability to transform the vessel it enters I am everyday affected by it If I want to change my mood, I change my music"
Albums by Hoop
- Kismet 2007
- Hunting My Dress 2009
- The House That Jack Built 2012
- The Complete Kismet Acoustic 2013 – live acoustic versions of songs mostly from Kismet
- Undress 2014 – acoustic reinterpretations of songs from Hunting My Dress
- Memories Are Now 2017
Albums with others
- Love Letter for Fire with Sam Beam 2016
- Kismet Acoustic 2008
- Snowglobe 2011
- Silverscreen Demos 2004
- ^ "ACE Repertory" Mobileascapcom Retrieved 2017-03-16
- ^ "RYM entry" Artist entry on Rate Your Music, accessed June 26, 2012
- ^ a b c d e f "Guardian 2011" Maddy Costa, 'Jesca Hoop: 'I used to live under a tree', The Guardian, April 6, 2011
- ^ a b "Citylifers" Archived 2014-06-20 at the Wayback Machine Chris Gilliver, 'A Quick Chat with Jesca Hoop', Cityliferscouk, November 26, 2009
- ^ a b "LA Times" Nic Harcourt, 'Tete-a-Tete Jesca Hoop', Los Angeles Times Magazine, September 10, 2010
- ^ a b Anastasia Brown, Make Me a Star: Industry Insiders Reveal how to Make it in Music Thomas Nelson, 2008, p 159
- ^ "Independent interview 2012" Fiona Sturges, 'Jesca Hoop: Tom Waits’ nanny is on a musical odyssey from California to Chorlton' Independent UK, June 23, 2012
- ^ a b "Glasswerk" Laura Johnson, 'Jesca Hoop To Release New EP', Glasswerk, January 28, 2011
- ^ "DiS review" Lauren Strain, 'Ep Review: Jesca Hoop - Snowglobe EP', Drowned in Sound, April 5, 2011
- ^ "NME review" Simon Jay Catling, 'Album Review: Jesca Hoop - Snowglobe Review', NME, March 30, 2011
- ^ YouTube: 'Red Rain' on the Late Show with David Letterman Retrieved 15 Dec 2011
- ^ Day, Laurence November 17, 2016 "Jesca Hoop signs to Sub Pop and announces new record Memories Are Now" The Line of Best Fit Retrieved January 9, 2017
- ^ Hunter-Hart, Monica December 19, 2016 "Jesca Hoop Announces 2017 Tour in Support of Forthcoming Album Memories Are Now" Paste Retrieved January 9, 2017
- ^ "Memories Are Now by Jesca Hoop" Sub Pop Retrieved January 9, 2017
- ^ "Jesca Hoop To Tour With The Eels This Fall" PlugInMusiccom 2010-09-08 Retrieved 2017-03-16
- ^ Monroe, Jazz 2016-02-10 "Sam Beam Iron & Wine Teams With Jesca Hoop for Duets Album and Tour" Pitchfork Media Retrieved 2016-04-29
- ^ "Stereogum" Newsitem, 'New Tom Waits’s Nanny – “Intelligentactile 101″, Stereogum, June 21, 2007
- Official website
- MySpace page
- KCRW In-Studio Sessions: Dec 2004, Sep 2007, Nov 2007
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