We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessy Vera and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessy, what do you attribute your success to?
Being a Christian artist, I think my definition of success is much different than others. For me it isn’t about financial metrics or notoriety. I don’t write songs for airplay I write them to hopefully make a difference in someone”s life and as a way to say thank you to a God that gave everything for me. So in the end success for me is being able to say yes to this question: Am I doing what God has asked me to do? If I can say yes to that then no matter what happens I am successful.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I became a Christian, at 17 years old, it changed everything for me. My dreary outlook on the world shifted and I now saw the beauty all around me where I once only saw pain. I wanted other people to experience this beauty as well. So I took my passion for music and my gift of writing and began crafting songs that would hopefully help people understand what happened to me and how it could be possible for them to experience it too. My songs became my diary and my way of processing everything that happened to me in life. I have now written oner 50 songs and have recored 3 full length albums. It blows my mind to see how God takes my meager little offerings and takes it all around the world. I love getting messages from people in places like Brazil and Africa telling me these songs have made a difference for them and encouraging me to keep writing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In my city or your city? Ha. I’ve never been to Atlanta, outside of the airport, so I guess I would say the Popeyes chicken in Concourse B was pretty great! If you are ever in Des Moines, IA you have got to try The Walking Ched burger at Zombie Burger.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am where I am today because of my Youth Pastor Steve Lundblom. Steve has a huge heart and an even bigger faith. He taught me how to worship, to sing, and to play guitar. However, most importantly, he showed me what a man after God’s own heart looks like.