The Going Jessies embody everything there is to know about a good song. No smoke and mirrors, just pure honesty. The truth wrapped in a melody.
— Arkansas singer-songwriter Trey Johnson
James Breeding-drums, percussion

James Breeding-drums, percussion

Derek Wood-vocals, guitar

Derek Wood-vocals, guitar

Angela Paradis-vocals, bass

Angela Paradis-vocals, bass

Short Bio

The Going Jessies is a lyric-driven Americana band from central Arkansas that capitalizes on the pleasant harmonies created by the uniquely compatible voices of Derek Wood (vocals/guitar/keys) and his partner, Angela Paradis (vocals/bass). Along with longtime friend and drummer James Breeding (drums/percussion), the trio melds a traditional singer-songwriter quality with a diverse array of musical influences to produce a sound described by one local music promoter as “country soul”.

The band’s self-recorded EP, Let’s Go, hit the market in March of 2017, and they are currently working on a full length studio album drawing on decades of both old and new material written by Wood, whose style has been informed over the years by such artists as Guy Clark, Lyle Lovett and Jeffrey Foucault. The first two singles for the new project, “Because of You” and “I Like to Pretend, were digitally released on February 14th and April 15th, 2019 respectively.

Playing an eclectic mix of originals and atypical covers, The Going Jessies currently perform throughout the state of Arkansas at venues ranging from live music clubs to sidewalk festivals to the occasional living room.

A few tunes

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video clips

16 Highway by Derek Wood, performed at the 2018 East Village Food Truck Festival with guest guitarist Trey Johnson

Margaret by Derek Wood performed at The House of Songs Showcase at Midtown Associates in Springdale, AR in July 2019

press mentions

A sunny Americana trio (with) easygoing front porch harmonies...
— Stephanie Smittle, Arkansas Times
...the feel-good country Americana trio (whose) sound has been described as a front porch in summertime, sure to warm you and your sweetie up this chilly winter weekend.
— Sarah Woolf of Follow the Woolf, AY Magazine

Band Photos

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for booking information contact derek or angela at


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