Artist + mother = <3

I have not posted anything here in a long time because I have been focusing on my “new” role as a mother. My baby boy is now 9 months and I now feel I should get this page updated and write a post on what has been happening and what I am working on at the moment, and also write my thoughts on being an artist and how that goes together with being a mother.

I did my last singing gig about a month before my son was born, and did studio work even later, and 2 weeks before the birth I danced in a music video! 😀


I love being a mother and I am fortunate to have a husband who can fix his work so that even I could start doing a bit work and some artsy stuff quite early. My boy was 2 months old when I wrote my bachelour thesis and during spring I finished my education at Novia University of applied sciences, so I’m now also a music pedagog.

I started doing gigs with Niko Riippa, Armadis Rama and Soulhouse in july and did some dramatized guidning at K.H.Renlund  in Kokkola this fall, and which will continue next spring. The script is written by Paulina Holmqvist and my co-actor is Viktoria Viiand. I also continued my work as a drama teacher and can be contacted if workshops are needed.


I can announce that my cousin Niko Riippa and I am recording an album together. We have done new arrangements on songs with lyrics by  Alexander Slotte and also composed new music to his poems. We have also recorded other traditional songs and some new original music. If we get enough orders we know we can publish a “real cd” and not only a digital version. You can already contact me with your order if your interested.

Also La Riippa group will come out with new material and our debut album will be published in 2018.

A lot more is on the horizon and I promise to keep you updated with a blogg entry here once a week. See, I wrote it so now I must live up to my promise!

Love and kindness <3


2 thoughts on “Artist + mother = <3

  1. Dear Jessica, My name is James Rinal. I am a 74 year old man living just outside Akron,Ohio U.S.A. My great grandfather was John Rinal{ Juhan Riippa} from Finland. My father died in 1959, so I have had no way to find family history. Recently I found his Finnish name {as mentioned} while again trying to research genealogy. I am honored to find successful Finns with same name. It is doubtful that we are directly related, but it would be very appreciated if you could point me to any resources I could access on computer regarding finding anything of my heritage. Coincidently I am also an artist, {not nearly as successful as you}.
    Thank You James Rinal

    • Hi James and sorry for taking so long to respond! I wrote you an e-mail and hopefully we’ll keep in touch!

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