Student Spotlight: Jessica Parks

Jessica Parks
Classification: Senior
Faith West Academy

Somewhere between sounds and rhythm created by singers Amy Lee of Evanescence and Colbie Caillat  could characterize the mellifluous music of singer/songwriter Jessica Parks of Faith West Academy. Jessica has filled three composition books (about 42 pages each) of music that she has written.  “I started writing lyrics when I was in the third grade,” she said of her work.  “In the fifth grade I learned the guitar, so I started composing music to go with my lyrics.”  Not being formally trained, Jessica’s music is self-taught using chart books to learn guitar and then later piano.

In one of Jessica’s songs, entitled “Breakaway”, she goes to the heart of a teenager’s (and adult’s) daily struggles.  The battle self doubt, the feeling of being worthless, that can give way to temptations.   But her song offers encouragement as she speaks to the devil;

This battle you won’t win 

I’ve been at it again and again 

This time I won’t lose

That’s just a heads up to you. 

Jessica amplifies her favorite Bible verse:  “Now my head will be lifted up above my enemies, even those who surround me. I will sacrifice in his tent with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melodies to the LORD.”  – Psalm 27:6

Jessica is a member of Focus Church of Katy.

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