Jessica Hernandez is the frontwoman and chief songwriter for Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, a wide-ranging, high-energy rock & roll band from Detroit. Their mercurial, often gritty sound reflects all of the Motor City's musical traditions as well as some outside its geographical and multicultural boundaries. In the band's thoroughly modern, driving mix are traces of Motown, tough vintage R&B, Latin grooves, raucous surf, neo-psych, roots rock, cinema jazz, and retro '60s girl group pop. Hernandez is the first-generation American daughter of a Mexican mother and Cuban father. She grew up working in her family's bakery and restaurant, singing in choirs, performing in plays and musicals in school, and soaking up musical influences from the area and her family's heritage. While her first love was design, music was soon to follow.
She briefly attended Columbia College Chicago, where she studied design and music. She returned to Detroit, where she began writing her own songs and designing her clothes and even her own performance space above her family's business. Hernandez began playing solo as a singer/songwriter. After accepting a gig at Detroit's annual Dally in the Alley festival she decided to form a band, and the Deltas were born. Their first EP, Live at the Magic Bag, appeared in 2009, followed by Weird Looking Women in Too Many Clothes in 2010. The band toured nationally, playing showcases at SXSW and at Bonnaroo in 2012.
The band signed to Blue Note and recorded an album, but after the label's takeover by Universal, she felt put on the back burner. She negotiated with label head Don Was to get out of her contract; he gave her the record back and offered to shop it for her. In 2013 they signed to Richard Gotteher's Instant Music label and recorded the Demons EP in El Paso and at home with veteran Mexico City producer and musician Milo Froideval and an expanded cast of contributors, including horn players and backing vocalists. The set was released in November of that year. After relentless touring -- which garnered Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas international press attention -- they issued their full-length album, Secret Evil, in August of 2014. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi