My name is Jessica Normile although I prefer to be called Jesi. I am a 33 year old mother of 3; 2 boys and 1 girl. I was born and raised in Illinois about 2 hours south of Chicago and about 30 minutes east of Champaign home of the Fighting Illini. I started singing with my mom when I was about 2 and a half years old. The first time I ever sang in front of a group of people was when I was in church with my mother at the age of 8. When I was younger I performed in many talent contests and never won any of them besides the chorus contests while in school. I decided to audition for American Idol when I was 28. American Idol had recently up'd the age max to 28 that year and it just so happened that I was 28 so I was pretty excited. I went to St. Louis and auditioned with about 8 or 9,000 people and didn't make it any further because I was not prepared. The judge asked me to sing another song and it caught me off guard so I choked for a lack of a better word. I decided that I wanted to try again, so I drove to New Orleans, Louisiana and auditioned there a couple of months later. I ended up making it to the 2nd round and met up with the executive producers of the show. I drove home pretty satisfied with myself for doing my best although I didn't make it any further. I sang in a band with my husband at the time called JayWalkin for a while about (4 years off and on between children) when I lived in Illinois and I had a lot of fun doing that. We played all different kinds of music.
After my marriage of 11 years didn't work out so well, I decided to move to Beaver City, Nebraska in the fall of 2006. I found a great place to work Miltech Machine Corp. in Norton Kansas where I am a Aerospace Auditor for our Quality Management System. I have 3 children so this was a big move for all of us and I had decided to give up the band and a lot of my music ideas and dreams so that my kids could start their own. My children all love music and being creative. My oldest son, who is 13, plays almost every instrument and composes music as well. He composed his piece for band contest this year and placed a Superior. The judges were so impressed with him that they referred him to a professor at the University of Nebraska in Kearney for further lessons. My daughter who is 8 sings a lot but wants to play the guitar like her dad and Taylor Swift. My youngest son loves to break dance, sing and beat on the drums.
There is a fair in Norton Kansas every year and for the last 2 years they have put on a contest for people who enjoy singing. It is called the Norton Idol. The first year I didn't make it to the finals and then last year I ended up winning it. I received a $500 cash prize, photo package, a 2 hour recording session at Chapman Recording Studio in Kansas City as well as 2 tickets to the American Idol tour to see David Cook on his homecoming show (in Kansas City). The Norton Idol this year is planned for July 24th, 2009. I will be performing at this show as the entertainment this year. I met a lot of different people who have amazing voices and it is still an honor to me to have won it. Troy Leiker (my guitar player) was also a contestant and he is a great singer as well!
Troy and I talked about putting a band together and we have slowly been putting it together. It has just been a slow process in finding the right people. We are trying to take suggestions from people as what to name it the band right now; it's been fun hearing some of the suggestions. Something that Troy and I have recently been doing is writing songs together and I believe that we have been doing a great job as a team. I do not play any instruments so writing a song and actually having a person help me put music to it is a challenge. Troy and I seem to be able to communicate very well and have been enjoying it while the process is going on.
The first song that we are going to perform on the show is called Apologize, it's a ballad written a couple of months ago. The second song called Orion's Belt was written on Wednesday, we finished it up and got it down today (Thursday) so I am hoping that you will like it. The lyrics were written by myself and I try to explain how I want the music to sound so Troy actually gets the credit for the hard part of trying to understand what I am saying to him.