South African Songstress, Selkii is a fiery new talent in the Orlando indie folk scene. She uses a looping pedal to layer her voice, percussion & guitar to create unique & soulful versions of popular songs & originals.
Selkii (Jess Yallup) is best known in her native country as a top 7 Finalist from South African Idols - Their version of ‘American Idol’. She has spent the last few years as the solo lounge act on board Disney Cruise Lines before moving to the USA.
Selkii (pronounced Sell - Key) means Strange & Wonderful Seal - a nicknamed formed during wetsuit- wearing Surf days in Cape Towns oceans. Her beautiful voice, adventurous spirit , and guitar, have taken her all over the world playing at festivals, events & resorts. Selkii believes music is magic because it has the power to connect and heal people.
She also has a large catalog of uplifting & spiritual original songs.
Selkii's debut single, "Your Eyes" produced by Stuart Epps, won the "Singer Universe" Best Vocalist competition. The competition is held monthly in the US, and is judged by Dale Kawashima - music publishing exec who has worked with Michael Jackson & Prince.
Finalist on the TV Show, Idols (South Africa's Version of American Idol)
3+ Years Resident Singer-Guitarist Act on the Disney Cruise Lines
Featured on COVERLAYDOWN's Best of 2017 Coverfolk Singles Playlist 2018
Repertoire of over 1500 songs in various genres (Rock, Pop, Jazz, Folk, Alternative, Indie, Grunge) She's a walking jukebox and has playlists for any event or crowd
Selkii is an Acoustic Singer Guitarist who uses a Looping Pedal to create multiple layers in her live song arrangements. (Like Ed Sheeran/Keller Williams)
15+ Experience as a Full Time Musician Performing at Music Festivals, Corporate/Private Events & 5* Resorts (Kempinski Jordan, Jumeirah Resort Dubai, Sheraton Hotel, Doha Qatar & Hilton Hotels, Africa)