Meet the Contestants

Hannah K. Watson - EDM_0927


Des Plaines, IL

Hannah has been playing violin since age 10 and started singing a few years later. She has experience in musical worlds such as bluegrass, jazz, metal, rock & country. She currently plays and sings with many high-profile bands in Chicago, performs in weddings, recording sessions and writes her own music earning a living as a freelance musician and composer. She is well known for her enthusiastic performances, dedication to honing her crafts, and genuinely has fun with everything that she pursues.

Jenna Hesseln - EDM_0911


Elmhurst, IL

Jenna has spent her entire life singing. She has been in choirs from an early age, but became increasingly involved in solo-based singing starting in high school. At that time, she took part in school musicals and started taking private voice lessons. During college, she started studying Jazz and fell in love with it. This lead her to be selected as the vocalist for the Elmhurst College Jazz Band, which allowed her to travel the world, doing what she loves - singing.

Jessica Lucia - EDM_0907


Addison, IL

Winner of Big Break Chicago in 2016, Jessica Lucia is a radiologic technologist with a passion for singing.

Mel Senese - EDM_0933


Norridge, Il

A native Chicagoan, Mel lives to create music for others to enjoy. She has performed and written music with several of her own bands including progressive rock group “Kills Again.” Mel continues to write original music and perform all over the Chicago area and Midwest in several cover bands.

Samantha Eyerly - EDM_0903


Carpentersville, Il

24-year-old Samantha works at an Internet marketing company, although her biggest passion in life is singing. She’s looking for her Big Break!