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essica Palter, who will be a
17 year old senior at West
Bloomfield High School in
the fall, is spending the
The support of her family has been
summer shooting a music video,
crucial as Palter juggles school and
writing and recording songs, per-
career - with all the other things
forming and advancing her budding
teenagers have going on.
career as JessE.
Her parents, Danny and Peggy
Bright, poised, and, yes, talented,
Palter, provide guidance as she
Palter is delighted, and deter-
pursues her goals.
mined, to entertain.
"I always knew she was born
"There are no boundaries to
to entertain," says Peggy, "but
where I want to be," says the
when she first told me she want-
young performer, who has long
ed to do this, I thought it was
gone by the nickname though
ludicrous. We talked a lot and
the large "E" is new.
had to decide to get behind her.
- "I always felt I have some-
"As a family, we've made a lot
thing to share with the world. I
of sacrifices to help her go where
have so many goals," she
she wants to go."
explains, adding she hopes to
But Peggy Palter isn't just a
be able to move from music to
facilitator. She's a believer in her
Broadway and movies.
daughter's talent and ability. And
Born in Detroit, Palter start-
she's heard positive things from
ed performing at age 2. Her
others about her daughter's tal-
extensive dance training won
ents. "I know this is not our ow _ n
her recognition in various com-
little personal - Palter pipe
petitions, leading to her being
dream," she says.
cast, at age 6, in her first musi-
"My family helps keep me
cal, Alice In Wonderland, with
grounded through all this, and it
the Paper Bag Players children's .
hasn't been easy," the young singer
admits. "I've been in the recording
While attending Abbott
studio until 3 a.m. and everything
Middle School in the West
feels so good, and it's exactly
Bloomfield School District,
where I want to be, and then I
renowned for its performing
realize I'm just a 16-year-old and I
arts program - Palter was cast
"I've been in the recording studio until 3 a.m. and
have homework due. I've pulled a
as Audrey in Little Shop of
everything feels so good, and its exactly where I want
lot of all-nighters," says the
Horrors, the Narrator in Joseph
to be, and then I realize Dv just a 16-year-old and I straight-A student.
and the Amazing Technicolor
have homework due."
Her older sister, 19-year-old
Dreamcoat, the Witch in Into
Kimberly, is studying musical
the Woods and Juliet in Romeo
theater at Northwestern
sound" of "Detroit grunge" will be
& Juliet, all the while playing oboe
University, and her younger brother,
the next big thing that will put
and trumpet with the school's
Ryan, has done some theater as a
Detroit on the musical map. .
award-winning jazz band.
Palter first saw Eminem when she
At age 12, she began to immerse
was 12, and has been a fan ever
herself in a variety of musical styles
Showcasing Her Talents
since. "Eminem just says things in
and began to develop a style all her
such a way - [he is] a genius."
Palter hasn't been active in high-school
Like the popular .rapper, she shares
productions due to time limitations
professional associations with music
and her desire to move in her own
producers the Bass Brothers and
direction, so her passion for music and
"The kind of music I want to sing is
entertainment attorney Howard
performance isn't well known at West
very unique," says Palter, describing
Hertz, who says he wouldn't be sur-
her sound as "a blend of rhythm and
prised if JessE is one of the next big
"I keep on a 'down-low,"' she explains,
blues, pop and alternative. I was
things in Detroit, too.
using a term describing keeping things
We specialize in Prime
raised on Broadway albums; we lis-
ten to music all the time."
She has "a special thing" for the
classics of Etta James, Ella
Fitzgerald, B.B. King and Patsy _
Cline, but she maintains, "I listen to
She takes pride in the local music
scene - from the legacy of Motown
to the hot and sometimes nasty rap
of Eminem, whose talent she
admires - and thinks the "soulful
"She has the talent and drive to be
a success in the music business,"
Hertz says. "She has a great voice,
and her ability to understand what
the public is looking for in new tal-
ent should mean that it's just a mat-
ter of time before she's discovered."
The next step in her career -is to
get her signed to a record label, and
several have already shown interest.
Palter will be traveling to Los
Angeles in July to help move the