“Phoebe first took me under her wing in my teens,” Jess explains. “I remember being 18 and meeting her for lunch at a Vegan restaurant. We ate and talked about life, our history and how lucky we are to be here after the atrocities our family suffered in Hitler’s Europe. Then she took me to her voice class. I remember thinking, ‘You’re famous, why are you taking lessons?’ I was floored when my cousin, known for that deep earthy voice, started singing opera!
Then it was my turn. She made me sing a few scales and I caught the tears in her eyes. She said, ‘No matter where I am, when it’s finally your turn to hit it big, know that I’m with you and watching you.’ Those words have stuck with me always. I hope Simple In Disguise makes her smile from heaven.”