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Detroit's Jessica Hernandez ready to get going on new album

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Jessica Hernandez says that preparing to record her first national album -- for the venerable Blue Note Records label -- has been "kind of weird."

"I've had to kind of detach my emotions from (the music) a little bit," explains the Detroit singer and songwriter, who heads to the Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, to begin working on the album with producer Camilo Froideval .Milio Froiveval [double checking on this spelling -- gg] on Sunday, July 22, two days after playing a show at the Magic Bag in Ferndale.

"I've written the songs, written the lyrics, done everything to this point, so it's a little bit weird having other opinions coming in. I"ve never had that. But at the end of the day I want to make an amazing record, so I've detached my emotions and just get on with making the record."

It's fair to say expectations are high. In just three years Hernandez has made herself a presence in the Detroit music community with both her music -- including the EP "Weird Looking Women in Too Many Clothes" -- and by establishing a venue, the Bakery Loft, and the Whole Detroit Soup meal program that raises money to help local artists finance their projects. She's taking about 20 songs down to Texas with hopes for a fall single and an album release in early 2013.

"I'm excited for the record to be done," Hernandez, 24, says. "I think I'm in a little bit of a haze right now. This whole pre-production thing has been a little bit stressful -- preparing the songs, the anticipation of a lot of things to come. It's a little bit exciting and a little bit stressful, but fortunately I haven't really had a minute to think about anything, let alone getting too excited or even too stressed."

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, the Handgrenades and Fawn perform Friday, July 20 at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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