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The Bleeding Obvious is a one-woman queer cabaret singing original songs which are sometimes funny, occasionally poignant, and frequently involve experiences on the LGBT+ spectrum. Usually seen with a piano, her performances have drawn comparisons with the likes of Victoria Wood and Fascinating Aïda.
The Bleeding Obvious has one single member: Yorkshire lass Jessica Rowbottom, whose multi-genre songs are sometimes funny, occasionally poignant, and frequently emotional. Usually seen with a piano, her work frequently involves experiences on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, and she has previously written and toured a one-woman original musical cabaret 'Rainbow Heart' which explored the coming-out process through music, spoken word and comedy.
Previous dates include a packed off-West End show at Pride In London, London LGBT+ Pride Picnic in Victoria Park, L Fest Lesbian Festival, Trans Pride Brighton, Sheffield Diversity Festival Norwich Arts Centre, more Prides than you can shake a rainbow flag at, and a sold-out show at Cadogan Hall London with Europe's longest-running LGBT+ choir The Pink Singers. Performances have frequently drawn comparisons with Victoria Wood, Tim Minchin, The Divine Comedy and Fascinating Aïda.
"A rabbit-hole of genres" is just one of the phrases used to describe the music of The Bleeding Obvious: the monicker of British musician, composer and producer Jessica Rowbottom. A former chorister at Wakefield Cathedral, Jessica principally plays piano and keyboard but her skills also encompass accordion, guitar and drums as well as a variety of home-built and circuit-bent electronic devices.
Her style encompasses everything from acoustic piano to orchestral soundscapes and soulful funk-pop - the music is emotional, reflective, joyful, frequently dark, sometimes funny, almost autobiographical in places.
Her internationally acclaimed self-titled debut album The Bleeding Obvious was released in November 2016; opening track "Splendid!" garnered favourable radio play from the likes of BBC Radio 2 alongside commercial radio stations. The album featured over 50 singers and musicians from around the world as well as a small orchestra assembled specifically for the occasion.
Throughout 2017-2018 Jessica toured her one-woman musical cabaret Rainbow Heart exploring the coming-out process for LGBTQIA+ people through music, spoken word and comedy. Tour dates included Brighton, Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds, York, Bristol and Manchester and the show was part of Pride In London Festival 2018. The recorded album itself includes talking-heads segments alongside more traditional songs; almost a hundred people of varying sexualities and gender identities were interviewed to form the work. It also inspired an EP of remixes from the first two albums titled Spectrum - her first release with a live band.
The Bleeding Obvious has also been touring new work taking her LGBTQ+ repertoire to Prides nationwide, L Fest lesbian festival in Wales, headlining the LGBT+ Pride Picnic in London's Victoria Park on the 50th anniversary of the first Big Gay Out, and performing a sold-out show at Cadogan Hall London with Europe's longest-running LGBT+ choir The Pink Singers.
Jessica is openly lesbian and lives in Wakefield with her wife and cat, assorted offspring, a snake, a hamster and a project studio.
- "An exploration into musical and lyrical diversity - The Queerness
- "Personal yet accessible, tongue in cheek but with a stiletto firmly on the dancefloor" - Yorkshire Evening Post
- "An LGBT+ driven musical trinket box" - Get In Her Ears
- "The Yorkshire mistress of self-expression" - Warlock Asylum
On her work, Jessica plays a variety of instruments including piano, synthesizers, toy piano, electronic drums, analogue drums and percussion, Hammond organ, church organ, SIDstation, ukulele, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, melodica, Omnichord, firewood lap guitar, Speak’n’Spell, V-Tech laptop, cajon, autoharp, Acorn BBC Micro with Hybrid Music 5000, accordion, descant recorder, vocoder, saxophone, flute, Pocket Operators, telephone handset, cello, harpsichord, beatbox, marimba and riding crop.
Much of her work is recorded at her own studio in Wakefield, although she collaborates with many other musicians and producers around the world.
Jessica has also composed various scores for television and film: her work can be heard on the soundtrack for 'Clara', an award-winning Victorian period drama in production by Dream Time Creative. More recently she has been working on the soundtrack for 'Lady Catherine', a period comedy set in 1910.
I would kindly ask that you bill as The Bleeding Obvious and not 'Jessica Rowbottom' or 'Jess', thanks!
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