Jessica Kelly is a British composer, singer-songwriter and musician writing original music for games, film, animation and theatre. She lives in Edinburgh and is a current BAFTA Crew Games composer. Game credits as composer include Gateway, This Is The End and award winning Newfound Courage and most recently Jessica was credited as Score Co-ordinator for Moon Studio's highly anticipated Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Working across many mediums, she enjoys collaborating with teams from around the world.
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. Her recent speaking engagements have included BBC Radio, The Royal Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival, EGX (along with the GamesIndustry.biz Careers Fair) and The Women in Games European Conference where she has discussed freelance composing and her own work. In 2020, Jessica joined The Ivors Academy as a judge for the category Best Original Video Game Score.
Within the theatre world, Jessica is the resident composer for Aulos Productions. Her music accompanied their show Gobland for the Goblins which was announced as the Winner of Best Children’s Show (Derek Awards) in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Last year saw the company's first UK - wide tour. Most recently, Jessica joined them for a Sci-Fi play performed at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre where she helped some young actors and composers from Strange Town and East Lothian Youth Theatre create their own soundtrack as part of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland's event “Emergence 2019”.
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 animated short Little Thing by Or Kan-tor, and was also 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 Little Thing 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.
Growing up in the English countryside she developed her compositional voice under the guidance of village local Sir Richard Stilgoe, and as a teenager received a full scholarship to learn the organ with James McVinnie of Westminster Abbey. Jessica has a BMus Hons from The University of Edinburgh, majoring in piano performance under the internationally renowned composer-pianist Tanya Ekanayaka. She continued at the University graduating from MSc Composition for Screen in 2016, followed by studies in Sound Production and Recording at The Academy of Music and Sound.
An internship at Post Electric Studios with Rod Jones (Idlewild) helped Jessica develop her production skills, and she has assisted and been mentored by games composer Gareth Coker (Ori and the Blind Forest, Minecraft, ARK Survival Evolved).