JC Cassis is a multi-talented artist from New York City.
She began her career as a genre-defying independent musician making all types of songs, from country-inflected guitar-based pop to DIY electro jams to comedy tracks. She taught herself to produce music and performed everywhere from dive bar basements to festival stages.
Later, JC became a founding member of a pop group called XELLE (pronounced “excel”) which saw plenty of viral success with their innovative music videos and toured around the USA, sharing the stage with such acts as the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Joan Rivers, Mya, Mo’Nique and C&C Music Factory. With XELLE, JC appeared on Oxygen TV’s hit show, Jersey Couture, and VH1’s Big Ang. She also directed two XELLE music videos, “Queen” (over one million views on YouTube) and “Juicy,” as well as several behind-the-scenes videos for the band.
In 2018, JC returned to her solo music career to deliver her hilarious anti-Christmas comedy song, “Christmas Is Bullshit.”
JC is also the producer of the wildly popular independent true storytelling podcast RISK!, where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share. As RISK!‘s producer, she has directed, facilitated and overseen the independent growth of RISK! from a DIY project conceived in a bedroom in Bushwick in 2009 to an international sensation that tours the world to sold out live audiences and receives over 1 million downloads per month. RISK! was created and is hosted by comedian and storyteller Kevin Allison (MTV’s The State, Reno 911!, Comedy Bang Bang, High Maintenance, etc) and has featured incredible true stories from famous people and ordinary folks alike. Slate.com calls RISK! “jaw-dropping, hilarious and just plain touching.”
As a voice over actor, JC has appeared in supporting roles on Disney Junior’s P. King Duckling, which premiered in 2016.
As a true storyteller, JC has shared three powerful true stories from her life on the RISK! podcast, including one called “The Downward Spiral,” which is ranked among the best RISK! stories of the entire 400+ episode series, and which has received acclaim from listeners around the world. “The Downward Spiral” was also selected for inclusion in the book RISK! True Stories People Never Thought They’d Dare to Share, published by Hachette Books in 2018, alongside incredible true stories from Dan Savage, Michael Ian Black, Aisha Tyler, Lili Taylor, Ts Madison, Marc Maron, Kevin Allison and more.
JC is a native New Yorker, Harvard graduate, and speaker of Spanish, Portuguese, and French. She was born on Halloween to her English mother and Scottish-Sicilian-American father. She attended the Spence School in Manhattan before going on to Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.