"Unspeakable: Surviving My Childhood and Finding My Voice"
Is Available Everywhere Now
Upon the release of her hauntingly beautiful and brave personal memoir, Unspeakable: Surviving My Childhood and Finding My Voice, Americana singer/songwriter Jessica Willis Fisher made her first daytime TV appearance in support of the book on Tamron Hall with an interview and performance on November 1st. The powerful interview can be seen HERE, and her performance of her autobiographical song “My History” from her critically-acclaimed debut album, Brand New Day, can be seen HERE. Unspeakable is now available everywhere.
Following major editorial coverage in publications such as her in-depth Sunday portfolio cover story with The Tennessean, features with Forbes and Everything Nash, and early excerpts released through People and Taste Of Country, Jessica rounded out release week with an appearance on WSM’s Coffee, Country and Cody this morning, and will perform on the Grand Ole Opry tomorrow, Saturday, November 5.
Also out today is Jessica’s brand-new Christmas track, a gorgeous cover of Celine Dion’s “Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day,” available everywhere now. Jessica will release her rendition of “Tennessee Christmas” on November 25.
Using the written word as her witness statement, Jessica Willis Fisher gives a lacerating portrait of a girl finding her voice after years of being silenced in Unspeakable -- an elegant, harrowing story of the manipulation and codependency that defines abusive family relationships.
BookTrib praises, “I was not expecting the depth at which Fisher would share her world, nor how gracefully she would navigate it for us...Unspeakable is a book that should be read, by girls and women who may think that they will forever be defined by the things that happen to them.”
Growing up the eldest daughter in a large, highly controlled, fundamentalist Christian household, Jessica was groomed to write songs and perform with her family’s touring group, The Willis Clan. Jessica was expected to conform to her father's disturbing and chaotic teachings, but she survived his mental, physical, and sexual abuse.
Her family shot to fame after an appearance on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and soon after had their own reality show on TLC - “The Willis Family”- for two seasons. The world loved this beautiful family of 12 kids; young and vivacious, the Willis's presented themselves to be extraordinary and happy. But the older and wiser Jessica got, the more she had to face that what was going on behind closed doors would forever be escalating.
Publisher’s Weekly declares, “In this wrenching debut memoir, singer-songwriter Fisher recounts the “mental, emotional, spiritual” as well as brutal physical and sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father, Toby Willis […] It’s a painful story, but it’s bravely told, for herself and “other little invisible girls and boys.”
Beautifully written and monumental in its bravery, Unspeakable captures the beauty and ugliness of a young woman finding her way—filled with longing, fear, confusion, secrecy, but most importantly, hope for the future.
Unspeakable follows the release of Jessica’s critically-acclaimed debut solo album, Brand New Day, earlier this year. The dynamic project finds her discovering that there is indeed a way forward through music. An emotional centerpiece of the album, “My History” was the first song Jessica wrote after taking a multi-year hiatus from creating, following her escape from the unhealthy environment of her upbringing. Brand New Day musically represents her new start at life and helped her reclaim her voice through music.