Songwriter Jess Klein Records new album
Veteran recording artist Jess Klein, whom The NY Times calls "a songwriter with a voice of unblinking tenacity", has joined forces with Producer Mark Simonsen (The Old Ceremony, Weems/Gerrard Band, & film scores: Elephant Sighs, Radiation Veterans and Rareified) and Engineer Thom Canova (Amy Ray, 4 Non-Blondes, Oranj Symphonette) to record a new album at Studio M in Durham, North Carolina.
Calling on influences ranging from Motown to Classic Rock to 70's folk, Simonsen and Canova's production creates a dynamic and stirring accompaniment to Klein's powerful mezzo soprano on this collection of 12 new originals.
Songs like "New Thanksgiving Feast", "Mammal", "Kid", and the spoken word "Chicken Soup" look through Klein's lens as a seasoned performer, world-traveler and granddaughter of Russian Jewish immigrants to not only explore but celebrate the human capacity for healing, redemption and resilience during dark times.
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jess's previous work
Over a career that spans more than a decade and a half and has won her a devoted worldwide fan base, Klein—who possesses what Mojo magazine calls “one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to” has pursued a remarkable creative evolution that’s seen her dig ever deeper for resonant emotional insights, while continuing to refine her eloquently melodic, effortlessly accessible songcraft.
The Rochester, NY native who now calls Hillsborough, NC her home began writing songs as a college student in Kingston, Jamaica, and is known for staking out brave lyrical and musical territory with such albums as Draw Them Near (2000), Strawberry Lover (2005), City Garden (2006), Bound to Love (2009), Behind A Veil (2012) and Learning Faith (2014) which Folk Radio UK calls “Unquestionably the finest album of her impressive career.” Before moving to North Carolina, Jess spent eight years soaking up the live music culture of Austin, TX.