© Jessica Kelly 2019

Jessica is a British composer, singer-songwriter and musician from Kent, England, writing original music for games, film, animation and theatre. She is lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and is a member of BAFTA Crew Games 2019. Jessica is the resident composer for Aulos Productions. One of their recent productions Gobland for the Goblins was announced as Winner - Best Children’s Show (Derek Awards) in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

Game credits include Gateway, This Is The End and award winning Newfound Courage.

In 2018 Jessica received the award for Best Music Video in the RoundGlass Music Awards, New York for her song/score to the multi-award winning short film Little Thing by Or Kan-tor, and was nominated for Record of the Year and Enlightened Musician of the Year. Prior to this in August 2017 Jessica was nominated for the European Talent WDR Filmscore Award at Soundtrack Cologne, Germany and was invited to perform her song live to screen at the award ceremony in front a distinguished audience of Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy award winning composers and industry professionals. Jessica was presented with the first European Talent Award Special Mention in the history of the event in recognition of her unique approach, and her work has spawned a new award category that is now an annual fixture. 

Jessica has had work performed by various ensembles including The Edinburgh String Quartet and her music has been featured in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Buxton Fringe Festival and The Hidden Door Festival. Also a keen performer, she plays drums in the band The Curious Crandalls and has performed with The London City Chamber Orchestra as guest percussionist. She has also guest performed with bands including Western/African fusion group Baobab Gateway and the folk metal band Skiltron.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Music with Honours from The University of Edinburgh, majoring in piano performance under the composer-pianist Tanya Ekanayaka. She continued at the University attaining a Master of Science Degree in Composition for Screen before studying Sound Production and Recording at The Academy of Music and Sound. Jessica now assists BAFTA - nominated games composer Gareth Coker (Minecraft, Ori and the Blind Forest, ARK Survival Evolved).

Read: A recent interview with The University of Edinburgh College of Art.