“…the main event is St James’ voice. It’s a versatile and dramatic instrument that can easily recalibrate itself, and seems just as suited to phlegmatic Weimar-style sprechgesang as it is to the full-throated stylings that echo the great Shirley Bassey.”
Cameron Woodhead, The Age.
“St. James is a powerhouse vocalist…she refuses to be a one-trick pony…”
A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Music Theatre program, Jessamae (a.k.a Jessie Upton) burst onto the Melbourne burlesque and cabaret scene in early 2010 with a debut performance at The Arts Centre for JoyFM. She has appeared as a burlesque performer at The Australian Burlesque Festival and The Sydney Tattoo and Body Art Expo. She was a headline performer for The Lorne Festival of Performing Arts, presenting both burlesque and song. In 2010, she was invited to perform at the New Years Eve Burlesque Ball in London, as an international guest for Chaz Royal, creator of the London Burlesque Festival.