Jessica Hernandez never imagined a career in music, never thought of it as more than just a hobby. Today, though, with her band, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas are taking the nation by storm as the powerfully dark, soulful indie-pop band from Detroit.

Jessica Hernandez

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She grew up in the gritty city of Detroit, her mother is Mexican and her father is Cuban. She worked in her family’s bakery and restaurant and was constantly surrounded by music – her parents played a lot of Motown and old soul music. While she was young, Jessica performed in school plays and musicals, and sang in her school choir, though she says her first passion was design.

Jessica attended Columbia College in Chicago, where she studied fashion design – after only two years, however, she dropped out and moved back to Detroit to pursue music. She began writing her own songs, and with her passion for design, she also began designing her clothes. Her first real gig came from Detroit’s Dally In the Alley in 2009 – they told her she could have a headlining spot if she had a full band together. She quickly gathered a group of musicians she’d known from the area and since then, has never looked back.

Jessica Hernandez

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Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas are currently on a national tour, promoting their new album, Secret Evil. Most recently, the group hit it big and landed a spot on the Late Show with David Letterman as his musical guest.

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With all their national success, we thought we’d dedicate this week’s playlist to Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas…you make us Detroit Proud! Check out our pick for their 10 best songs!

…All tracks are from the new album Secret Evil!

1.    “No Place Left To Hide”
2.    “Sorry I Stole Your Man”
3.    “Caught Up”
4.    “Dead Brains”
5.    “Lovers First”
6.    “Cry Cry Cry”
7.    “Tired Oak”
8.    “Run Run Run”
9.    “Over”
10.    “Neck Tattoo”

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To find out more about Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, or to see their tour dates, check out their website here!