Jessie Clark Funk
Jessie Clark Funk is a strong, clear inspirational LDS vocalist raised in Provo, Utah with her very supportive LDS (Mormon) family. From the age of six, Jessie has enjoyed performing for people across the U.S., Europe, and even Africa. Jessie found musical success at a young age. At fifteen she signed a recording contract which took her to Orlando, Florida. Financial success didn’t translate into happiness then, however, as her new environment left her feeling empty.
Jessie moved home, thinking she would have to sacrifice her music career for her personal happiness. Yet, she trusted the Lord would take care of her as long as she was on the path He laid out for her. Her performing days had not ended; she continued to find opportunities to share her talent. Jessie then hit the studio and began recording her own music. At sixteen, she was hired for a themed compilation CD. Soon she was working with the Sounds of Zion Company. Her CDs include “Clay in His Hands” and “Better than I” which earned her eight FCMA Pearl Awards. She recently released her newest album “Everything Speaks His Name.”
Jessie is content knowing that her path kept her from the lifestyle that so many Hollywood artists have chosen. She knows how to keep her priorities straight, placing her Christian discipleship and her family first, and what she modestly refers to as her musical “hobby” next on the list. Jessie has recently completed a CD for EFY, Especially for Youth, a Mormon-initiated five-day overnight porgram of classes, socials, devotionals intended to fortify LDS Youth and friends of other faiths who wish to participate. The new album is called, "Be an Example." Jessie enjoyed its compilation, and remarks: I was able to work on with my husband Jim and his partner Barry Gibbons on a brand new CD perfect for youth, Be Thou An Example: 2009, Songs for Youth. The CD was inspired by the 2009 theme for the Young Women and Young Men program [[of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]]. Jessie is a role model for many of these youth, who live through a turbulent time, but who are equipping themselves with gospel power through Christ-centered lives as they strive to walk in faith and purity daily, repenting and growing as the rest of us.
Jessie's strength and testimony are evident in the lyrics in each song, including "True Believers": (Chorus) We are a beacon for all believers in word, in spirit, in faith and purity. We know the truth and we’ll live it, embracing virtue as we serve the King of Kings. We are true believers. He gave us eyes to see the truth and ears to hear and a heart to feel the cries of those in need. We can reach and rescue others when He is our guide. And show the world by how we live our lives. As the storm rages on, we will be strong.
Jessie and songwriter-producer, and studio-owner husband Jim are raising their two kids in Centerville, Utah.