Jess Godwin is a singer/songwriter proud to call Chicago her home! She is honored to be the recipient of a 2016 3Arts Award.
After 10 years of playing the label/artist development game, she realized that the music industry would never be in alignment with her own values. Still left with a love of pop music and a need to create, Jess started doing it all herself. Now self-produced, she makes a range of creative homemade music videos. She is excited to get back to her roots this year with a straight up, classic, piano/vocal release. Stay tuned.
This past year, thanks to a successful 3AP campaign, Jess launched the Shameless Workshop in Chicago Public Schools. Shameless is a collaborative songwriting workshop that helps give students tools to address feelings of shame. Since launching in Chicago, she has been lucky enough to take the program to Dallas and Italy. 2018 is looking bright with a couple of partnerships currently being formalized.
Jess has performed on several Chicago stages including Auditorium Theatre, Chicago Theatre, Athenaeum Theatre, Mayne Stage, Double Door, Subterranean, Wilmette Theatre, and Bottom Lounge. Tour cities and venues include NYC, LA, Atlanta, SXSW, VOODOOFEST, Denver, Toronto, Detroit, Boston, Vermont, and Philadelphia.
As an actress, Jess has been on stage at the Getty Villa (Iphigenia), Writers Theatre (Company), Northlight Theatre (Shining Lives, Snapshots), Music Theater Co. (Pippin), Court Theatre(Carousel), Porchlight Music Theatre (Gypsy, A Wonderful Life, Sunday in the Park with George), Steppenwolf (Lady Madeline), Pegasus Players (Tick...Tick...BOOM!), and Bohemian Theatre Ensemble (The Wild Party, The Life, Songs for a New World).