Artist of the Month: Jess Howell

Our 100% Home-Grown Artist Of The Month is Southern Highlands singer-songwriter and guitarist, Jess Howell.

Throughout the month, Highland FM 107.1 will take you a euphonic journey, featuring Jess’s beguiling tracks like “Slow Burn”, the grunge infused “DnD” and the emotionally charged “Summer Skies”, all recorded in the Studios of Highland FM.

Jess Howell is a remarkably talented singer-songwriter and guitarist with a passion for captivating audiences through her soul stirring performances. A decade ago Jess discovered her love for music when she first picked up the guitar and six years later her captivating vocals emerged, adding an irresistible charm to her musical repertoire. 

At fourteen, Jess fearlessly embraced her passion for music by showcasing her talents busking around the Southern Highlands, marking the beginning of a remarkable musical journey that continues to captivate listeners today.

Since her very first live performance, Jess has been a constant presence on the music scene, gracing various restaurants, cafes, pubs and festivals with her melodious presence. Notable appearances include the Bundanoon Winterfest in 2023 and the 2023 Highlands Fest. Her versatility and talent have also taken her to private parties and corporate functions, leaving audiences spellbound with her performances.

Immersing herself in the vibrant local music community, Jess actively contributed to the Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Create And Celebrate programme throughout 2020/21. Her passion for nurturing artistic expression led her to be an integral part of The Vocal Muster since 2020, further solidifying her commitment to supporting fellow artists and celebrating the power of music.

A testament to her international acclaim, Jess secured second and first place in The Charleston International Music Competition in 2020 and 2021, respectively, proving her exceptional talent transcends borders.

Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music (Music Theatre) at The Australian Institute of Music, Jess continues to refine her craft and expand her musical horizons. Her influences, spanning from iconic artists like Suzi Quatro and Stevie Nicks to the contemporary charm of The Veronicas add depth and allure to her unique sound. 

With every note Jess Howell leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of her listeners, promising a vibrant and enduring musical journey ahead.


Highland FM Live is a platform dedicated to giving a voice to the rich diversity of contemporary Australian musicians and songwriters that tell our stories, contribute to our culture and give voice to our communities.

Jess Howell – Katie

Jess Howell – DnD

Jess Howell – Slow Burn

Jess Howell – My Worst Fear

Jess Howell – A Google Diagnosis

Jess Howell – Summer Skies

Jess Howell – Landslide

Jess Howell – I Want To Break Free