Though they’ve already broken the internet with their March/April ESSENCE cover – which they’ve lovingly immortalized in their home – Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts have much more in store together.
Betts is preparing a new EP, the first formal follow-up to her 2014 album #LLCoolJess. Signed with Boys II Men as a recording artist at just 16 years old, Betts has been singing professionally since childhood. With that experience naturally comes wisdom, and Betts has some sound advice for the version of herself from nearly 25 years ago.
“To my 16-year-old self, I’d say: keep going, to keep following your dreams
and never give up because there are so many amazing things you’ve got in store,” Betts said. “And you’re going to meet the love of your life one day; Later on in life, but it’s going to come.”
That love of her life, Niecy Nash, whom she married in August of 2020, has become not only her partner in life and love, but in work. Even her new single, “We Drip,” which Betts asserts is poised to make the shortlist for song of the summer, was crafted with Nash not only as inspiration but partially in the driver’s seat.