Gospel Singer Jessica Reedy Talks Number One Album
She also dishes on working with R&B powerhouse Faith Evans
Growing up, Jessica Reedy thought she was going to be an R&B singer. Having been raised by a mother who often sung around the house, it wasn’t hard for the budding singer to catch the bug too. Still, God had other plans. When Reedy gave her life to Christ her priorities changed.
“When I got saved, I didn’t want to be a singer anymore. I wanted to be a great mother and I wanted whatever God has for me,” Reedy told Loop 21. “I was done chasing the dream.”
It was only when a friend dragged her to BET’s Sunday’s Best auditions in Washington, D.C. when the 23-year-old realized her dream would finally be fulfilled. Her debut album From The Heart reached the number one spot on the Gospel and Christian iTunes charts as well as the Billboard charts.
Loop 21 caught up with the singer to find out where she learned how to sing, why she became depressed after her stint on Sunday’s Best and what it was like working with R&B powerhouse Faith Evans.
Loop 21: You have an amazing voice and a lot of range. How did you learn how to sing?
Jessica Reedy: My mother is one of the best singers I’ve ever heard in my life. And before that, it was my grandmother. I would wake up to singing. That was the alarm clock, beautiful singing, 24-hours-a-day, to the point where you’d be like, ‘Oh, please be quiet.’ You had no choice but to learn. My mom could deliver a song in such a way...ohmygosh.
Loop 21: I read you got really depressed after Sunday’s Best. Tell me what happened:
Reedy: I got off the show and I had no direction. Nobody told me what to do next. I had no manager, no lawyer, I didn’t even know what to do or who to call. I said, ‘Well God now what? I can’t believe you let me be on national TV. Wow, that’s amazing, but that moment is gone, now what am I going to do. Are you going to help me? I still got bills.' Then I started thinking, I shouldn’t have went on that show. I should’ve stayed home and started looking for another job. I just got depressed. Then I sat in a closet, literally I sat in my closet, and I prayed a prayer. I said, 'God do you even see me?'...I had this peace and assurance that everything was going to be okay and that’s when I wrote the two extra verses on “God Has Smiled on Me.”
Loop2 1: Congrats on creating a #1 Gospel record. From your success, have you received other opportunities?
Reedy: God is always working for me. There’s a whole lot that God has planned for me and he’s not going to tell me until it’s time. I didn’t know that he had planned a number one debut. He already had that planned. I don’t know what’s happening. I tell my team that we can plan, but y’all better be open for God.
Loop 21: Where there any obstacles in creating this album whether it was honing the right sound or picking the right songwriters and producers?
Reedy: During this process, I’ve been belittled. I’ve been disrespected. I almost lost my son in a car accident. My house caught on fire. It’s been a process, but I’m not intimidated by anybody. I’m not thirsty. I didn’t have to do anything to get in these doors and I don’t have to do anything to stay here. Other than that, I’ve had favor with major producers who charge thousands of dollars who gave me records for free. And everybody said the same thing, ‘We just want to see you win.’
Loop 21: One of the people that believed in you was Faith Evans who appears on a track. How did that collaboration come about?
Reedy: Faith called my manager and said, ‘I know you’re not about to close this record and I ain’t on it.’ Then she called me and said ‘Jessica Reedy, y’all ain’t bout to close this record.’ I said, ‘No ma’am. We’re headed to Los Angeles right now.’ And when we got there, I didn’t know Faith would be in the studio. I thought she was going to lay the part for me, but Faith Evans was in the studio and she didn’t record her part until I got there and my flight was delayed. She stayed after I recorded my part and she took me to my hotel and said, ‘You’re an amazing person and it’s just been an honor to work with you.’ It was some kind of experience to have Faith Evans. I looked up to Faith Evans growing up. I wanted to be like Faith Evans and here we are on a record together.
Loop 21: Did you learn anything from her recording process or being in the studio with her?
Reedy: I learned a lot. I learned how amazing it looks to be humble. Even having successful records and millions of copies sold. She’s Biggie's wife! But yet, she’s talking to this Saginaw, local girl and pouring out accolades and kudos.
Loop 21: As you’re headed out on tour, what can fans expect?
Reedy: I don’t know! I haven’t been on tour before, but I don’t know. I just want to worship God in spirit and in truth. Period. That’s all I know.
Jessica Reedy's "From the Heart" is available on iTunes today!