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.

SELKII

Indie/Folk Pop

  • 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)


“Selkii’s vocals are soulful and expressive”
— Dale Kawashima (Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Giant Records, Mercury Records)
“Listening to your track ... I like it, no!!!! I love it !!! This song is Brilliant!” (Upon hearing Demo of Selkii’s ‘Your Eyes’)
— Stuart Epps, (Producer -Robbie Williams, Elton John, Oasis)
“Fabaroo Voice. She reminds me a bit of Carole King”
— Clive Franks (Elton John's Producer/Engineer)
“Hearing you play and sing was the entertainment highlight of our Disney Wonder cruise this week! We’ve been listening to you online since we returned - it’s like we brought part of the cruise home with us.”
— Marc Zachary
“You display both excellent vocal & songwriting talent noteworthy of praise and recognition. Wishing you much success that’s bound to expand through your dedication & perseverance.”
— Tony Gunn
“We were amazed with this musician!! She’s sweet, smart and has a voice of an angel. She can also play the 6-string extremely well, has an enormous repertoire of awesome songs that she puts her own spin on. She reads the crowd and plays to them with perfection! She even harmonizes with herself. I highly, highly recommend Selkii to anyone looking for a musician to play any type of event, we are going to hire her again, if we can, before she hits the big time. She’s that good.”
— Jon C. PGA Trade Show Orlando

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