Jess Harlen

New Zealand born soul vocalist Jess Harlen has been paving a way with her hypnotic groove.

Her signature style has been described as ‘strong and delicate, soulful and streetwise, with traces of Lauryn Hill, MIA and Florence and the Machine’ (Canberra Times) and ‘speckled with Motown and hip hop influences but retaining it’s own uniqueness’ (3D World).

Harlen is of Ngapuhi and Ngati Porou descent and has supported Nesian Mystik, Hollie Smith, Che Fu, and other high profile acts.

Aptly described as “A strong soul singing sister, continuing a long tradition of Mana Wahine songstresses from Aotearoa… taking it to the world” by Che Fu, Harlen is a proud representation of young Maori people achieving dreams through difficult circumstance.


Jess Harlen wins Best Female Artist

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