It’s been six months since Jessica Willis Fisher shared the harrowing details of the years of sexual abuse she suffered as a child from her own father, Toby Willis. Back in April, the oldest daughter of The Willis Clan family band and former star of TLC’s defunct reality TV show The Willis Family announced that she would no longer be a part of the band despite the fact that their father is currently serving 40 years in prison for child rape. Now, Jessica is gearing up to launch her very own solo career and she shared an update on her return to music with fans.
“Wrote a little song yesterday and excited doesn’t even come close to how I feel. You probably haven’t seen my highest high until you’ve seen me right after writing, whether it’s a song or just a little prose. Whether or not it ever makes an album or a book one day, it makes me so certain of what I’m made to do,” the 26-year-old wrote on Instagram.
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Soooooo nervous and EXCITED!!! I am doing a SHOW tomorrow at @chriswrightproductions backyard shindig! 8pm! I’ll be playing with @kianajuneweber @davidhowleymusic & @mr.bootstraps – Details will be in my story. Come on down!!!! But if you do, don’t hold it against me if I forget a few words! It’s been a while since I’ve done this…!! . . Also, this clip is from when sweet friend @tifforelie let me play a little song at her candle launch party in town at @thecandlebar.co 💕
According to her Instagram, Jessica has spent the last few months blogging, traveling with her husband Sean Fisher, and working on new music. She gave fans a sneak peek at a new song on her Instagram story, and even though she hasn’t released anything new yet, fans got to listen to a never-before-heard song that she wrote for The Willis Clan before she left the band.
Jessica’s song, “Speak My Mind,” is the title track of The Willis Clan’s fourth studio album which was released last month — and even though it was written before she bravely told her story about the sexual abuse she suffered from their dad, the lyrics seem to hint at her internal struggle of keeping such a heavy secret.
The rest of the songs on Speak My Mind deal with six of the Willis kids’ own experiences of living with the pain and abuse they endured at the hands of their own father. “The content of the songs that are on this album, it’s not an easy subject,” Jeremiah Willis, 25, said in a recent interview with the Associated Press. “It’s not an easy life experience that we all had.”
Back in 2016, Toby was arrested and charged with four counts of child rape, and at the time of the incidents, his victims were between the ages of nine and 12 years old. After the father-of-12 plead guilty last year, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.