Jesénia M. Jackson
A reserved and poised student came to Beats, Books, and Hooks (BBH) summer program in 2013 with her younger brothers at her side. During the introduction period, she stated that she was “looking for a good summer experience for herself and her siblings.” She was very active during the program and mentored other students. It was very clear from the outset that she knew that music would be a big part of her future. On her program survey, she wrote “FAME changed my life! I will never be the same.” That student was Jesénia Jackson.
In a recent letter, Jesénia wrote “I remember the day I met the instructors at BBH. I saw people that not only genuinely loved what they did but took the extra time to help children find their way and work to achieve greatness in every area of their life. Being surrounded by their enthusiasm and learning music technology, music theory, preparing for the “big show” at the end of the program, and working in a field in which I could be myself, encouraged me to attend college for music and mentor less fortunate youth. It is important that young people just don’t play music but are educated on the fundamentals of music and academics to be a well-rounded individual – That’s what FAME does, and I am grateful that I was a part of such an amazing organization”
Last Spring, Jesénia graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance. Jesénia currently serves as the President and CEO of Miss. Jackson Records (a gospel and classical record label). She is pursuing her Master of Music Degree in Music Theory & Composition: Scoring for Film & Multimedia at New York University (NYU).
If you have attended ‘Tis the Season or a FAME anniversary celebration, chances are you have heard Jesénia on the piano or were greeted by her warm spirit at the front door or registration desk. Jesénia served as a Music and Technology Intern at FAME for two summers. This summer she developed and taught a creative and engaging curriculum for FAME’s “For the Love of Music” a summer program for elementary school youth. Jesenia is a strong advocate for keeping live music in our schools. In addition to Jesénia’s individual musical pursuits, she serves as the group leader for her family musical group, Higher Ground.