Based in Vancouver, Jessica Mai is a born entertainer and visual artist who began writing songs at the early age of 9. After graduating from the Langley Fine Arts school and studying theatre at Douglas College, Jessica went on to form her first band, releasing her first EP in 2012. In 2015, she formed a duo called Jet+The Art Engine with English musician Hugh Barbour and the two of them released “Oh My Days,” a full length pop/folk album with an eclectic, happy sound. With that, the pair toured B.C., England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and nine European countries, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Over the years, Jess has taught art for children at 4Cats Arts Studio and taught music and singing at the Richmond Cultural Centre and Cast and Crew in Maple Ridge. In 2019, Jessica decided to create her own children’s character, Penny Pom Pom, as the perfect way to combine her love for music, theatre, art and children.
A fan of the music and poetry of Canadian legend Joni Mitchell, Jessica recently formed her own tribute band called “Clouds” along with musicians, Hugh Barbour and Nathan Stein. The trio enjoys performing their acoustic set for all kinds of events, especially for Joni fans.
When Jessica isn’t spending time as her bubbly alter ego Penny PomPom or singing the beautiful sorrows of Joni, she finds time to work on her own original pop and folk songs, including her latest EP, “I Might Be,” available at jessicamai.bandcamp.com.
Regardless of the role she is playing, Jessica’s performances are always a joy to experience!
Musician and artist Jessica Mai has always had a passion for singing, dancing, drawing, painting, performing and most of all, playing pretend. She grew up loving entertainers like Mr. Dress Up, Mr. Rogers, Fred Penner, Lunette the Clown and Charlotte Diamond. So, in 2019, Jessica decided to create her own children’s character, Penny PomPom, as the perfect way to combine her love for music, theatre, art and children. She hopes to inspire kids to use their imaginations and get creative on a daily basis. Jessica is very passionate about play and wants to encourage children (and grown ups!) to make up their own games, worlds, characters and even songs by using a more traditional approach to entertainment. Penny Pom Pom represents the artistic child that lives inside us all. She encourages the young and reminds the old how to use their imaginations and believe in their abilities!
In addition to musical performances for festivals, libraries, schools and events, Penny also offers cartoon illustration services and birthday party packages.
In 2015, singer-songwriter Jessica Mai fell in love with the music and poetry of Canadian legend Joni Mitchell and has since formed a tribute band called “Clouds” along with musicians, Hugh Barbour and Nathan Stein. The trio enjoys performing their acoustic set for all kinds of events, especially for Joni fans.