Ithaca, NY based singer/ songwriter Jody Kessler left a career as a schoolteacher in 1995 to become a full-time performing artist. Since then, she has released four CDs, Another Day of Loving, Leap of Faith, No Solid Ground, and most recently, Bare Bones. Her songs touch upon themes of relationship, connection with Spirit, contemporary issues, life stories, and the joy of being alive. Known for her insightful lyrics, masterful guitar work, and pristine vocals, Jody delivers her refreshingly original material with passion, sensitivity, and humor. She performs nationally in coffeehouses and folk venues as well as at interfaith centers, churches, and festivals. Jody is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.

"Unafraid to sing about change, discovery, awakening, and recovery, Kessler is very aware that songs about pain are nothing new, but here is one talent who is unafraid to sing about the healing," writes Rochelle Brener of Spiral Magazine.

“Jody’s skill in weaving poetic story with just the right musical line surely puts her in company with the best” says Pam Goddard of Folkstuff Newsletter.

Scott Kalechstein, nationally known troubadour and inspirational speaker, describes Jody’s work as “soulful, emotionally penetrating, and wondrously beautiful music.”

Best-selling author Stephen Levine has said of her work, "Jody's music opens the heart we share."

A Sampling of Performances:
Folk Venues:
Spiritual Centers :

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Hillsdale, NY
Fast Folk Café
, New York, NY
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, Franklin, MA
Happy Endings, Syracuse, NY
K.A.C. Coffeehouse, Clinton, NY
Common Folk Concert Series, Laconia, NH
Night Eagle, Oxford, NY
Rainforest Café, Tunkhannock, PA
Fire & Water, Northhampton, MA
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY
The Music Hall, Oswego, NY
Acoustic Living Room, State College, PA

Virginia Highlands Festival, Abingdon, VA

Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Kripalu Center, Lenox, MA
Mandala Center, Albany, NY
4th Annual Self-Empowerment Conference, Philadelphia, PA
Full Circle Center, Syracuse, NY
Pebble Hill Interfaith Church, Doylestown, PA
Center for Conscious Living, Moorestown, NJ
Foundation of Light, Ithaca, NY
Nature's Song Retreat Center, Willseyville, NY
Pendle Hill Retreat Center, Wallingford, PA
Unitarian Universalist Churches, various locations nationally
Unity Churches, various locations nationally
Creative Living Fellowship, Phoenix, AZ
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY

Jody has shared billings with these renowned artists
Martin Simpson
Susan Werner
Greg Greenway
Garnet Rogers
Aztec Two-Step
Karen Savoca
Nancy Tucker
Barbara Kessler

Jody has performed music in workshops led by:

Pat Rodegast/Emmanuel
Joan Halifax
Margot Anand
Z. Budapest

Other Achievements:
  • Selected as an official Indiegrrl performing artist
  • 1999 Omega Institute Faculty Member, Musician-In-Residence
  • Has appeared as a guest artist on numerous television and radio programs throughout the U.S.
  • No Solid Ground named Best Folk CD of 2000, Ithaca Journal, Ithaca, NY
  • Another Day of Loving named Best Folk CD of 1996, Ithaca Journal, Ithaca, NY
  • Bare Bones named Best Contemporary Folk CD of 2003, Ticket, Central New York
  • Her music has been aired on national and international syndicated radio programs such as "Women on Air" and "This Way Out"
  • Featured in Sing Out! Magazine, Spring 2004

Click here to listen to tracks from each of Jody's albums

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