A true musical journeyman, Jesse Terry has made it his mission to share his love of music fully and completely, without regard for shading his emotions or tempering his convictions. By his own definition, hes never been a cautious individual, but rather one who finds inspiration and optimism in the solace and joy making music brings him; and that which he can impart to others. In that regard, his artistic quest has become satisfying and self-fulfilling. Things happen for me at the right place and time when Im focusing on my art and connecting with people, Jesse suggests. Ive always had the desire to spread peace and unity through my music. This gives me a tangible purpose, even when life doesnt seem to make much sense. Hes made that message clear on each of his albums, but never more so than of the two he recorded simultaneously in 2017. Stargazer, released this past September, was a defining record in Jesses career, unencumbered by the need to fit into a specific genre while emulating instead the artists and recordings that formed such an indelible impression on him as he was finding his own way early on. Recorded with producer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaler, its an aural spectacle of sorts, filled with rich arrangements and a genuine sense of celebration. It was met with a wealth of critical acclaim, many of which summed up his strengths conclusively. this savvy pop genius may have just given birth to the perfect soundtrack to help us find our way, raves Eric Thom in Blurt Magazine. Jesse Terry anoints each complex arrangement with compelling vocals that are sweet, smooth perfection each song sounding better than the last. Jesse Terry delivers something special with the lush Stargazer... a personal, honest and lushly orchestrated album, Tara Joan wrote in The Daily Country. Infused with the warmth of a beautifully arranged string quartet, Stargazer brings a sense of hope that Terry carries within himself. This is an album to be treasured, the British publication Fatea noted. Stargazer is a triumph from start to finish, and Jesse Terry can be rightfully proud of an album that should, if there is any justice, be sitting in the Top 10 Albums of 2017 lists that you care to mention. The second album and latest release to emerge from those sessions, the aptly titled Natural, finds Jesse relying on a more organic approach to his music. It was, he explains, intended to be a very simple affair, merely vocals, acoustic guitar and piano, although it soon took on a life of its own. We held tight to the concept of a very sparse and acoustic album, but after entering the studio we let the songs lead the way, and abandoned most boundaries, he reflects. Josh and I were totally consumed with the project and recorded it in two straight weeks. Most days in the studio lasted at least fourteen hours, and I loved every second of it. The idea of releasing two albums back to back soon became a plausible reality. With the support of more than 500 people who donated to a PledgeMusic campaign, he managed to find the resources and the resolve to bring the new album to fruition, despite a busy tour schedule. Ive realized that Im not really an independent artist at all, he reckons. My career and music are mostly supported by a loyal fan base that I have around the world. This allows me the freedom to follow my dreams, like recording two albums in one year! And because I dont have a record label or anyone else to answer to, I can do exactly what I want to do. What Jesse decided to do with Natural was to make an album that featured some of the female singers he most admired, among them Dar Williams, Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope, Liz Longley, Annie Clements, Erin Rae, Sarah Darling, and Kim Richey. Some were friends, others were people he or his producer had worked with before: Williams was an early influence, and Annie Clements attended Bostons Berklee College of Music with Jesse. Sarah Darling had recorded one of his songs for her own albums.
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