Bard to the Bone! Remarkable Chanteuse and Composer, Jessica Victoria, Channels Arthurian Legend in New Music Project

Whilst some musicians may look to predictable approaches and stick to one particular musical stream, New Mexico-born songstress Jessica Victoria defies convention at every stage, exploiting both her classical training and singer-songwriter credentials and finding lyrical and thematic influence from Arthurian mythic history! Jessica Victoria’s album Songs of The Summer Realm has a little something for everyone, transporting the listener to a different time and place, while instilling ideas and ideals which remain incredibly relevant. Preceded by three exclusive tracks, Wayfaring Stranger; Love Charm and Some Songs are for Crying, from classical to opera to Celtic folk to rock and pop, the musical journeys Jessica will take you on are as inspiring as they are magical.

Dr. Jessica Victoria has
performed for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill
Recital Hall and with orchestras in the United States, Europe and South America,
picking up many awards for her vocal performances along the way, but this still
doesn’t reflect the sheer scale of her musical output. With ancestral links to
Celtic regions around the world, Jessica’s fascination with both the music and
literature from these areas permeates her music, with lyrics (both traditional
texts and her own contributions) accentuating the strong female characters in
Arthurian legend, and extoling the virtues of leaders of integrity who often
seem so missing from the present day.


is the first album on which I’m following my passion for song-writing and
mythic history. I am a classically-trained musician who still loves to do
opera, orchestra and recital work, but this album is the beginning of a new
life for me in many ways.

wrote many of the songs at my harp, Merlin, which is a Merlin RHarp made by
Rick Rubarth in Colorado. Some may wonder how a girl who grew up in Albuquerque
developed such a love for Celtic culture and music. One answer may lie in our family’s
roots. In the last few years, my research revealed the likelihood that some of
my family came from Galicia, a part of Spain with Celtic links

Jessica Victoria holds a
doctorate in musical arts from The Catholic University of America, a Master of Music
in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and bachelors’
degrees in music and foreign languages from the University of New Mexico, where
she graduated summa cum laude. In addition to a thriving performance
career, Victoria directs the voice track of the Sacred Music Program at the
Franciscan University of Steubenville. Collaborating artists on Songs of the
Summer Realm include such well-known Scottish musicians as Lorne MacDougall
of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and the Tannahill Weavers; Mary Ann
; Euan Stevenson; Wendy Weatherby and Euan Burton.
Jessica recorded the album at Watercolour Music in the Scottish Highlands. Born
blind, her condition does not hold her back in any way, composing using Braille
music and transcription and enjoying horse riding, ballroom dancing, baking and
swimming in the sea (not necessarily all at the same time!)