PARALLELS + MERIDIANS [FEB 2019]

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ABOUT:

In 2018, Jess headed back to the studio to record her sophomore album, PARALLELS + MERIDIANS. While there are some familiar elements present (like loopy, textured acoustics, weepy pedal steel, and subtle, smooth harmonies),  P+M feels like new territory for the artist, whose writing has ventured much further into the space between people. It’s this connection —  to one another as well as our connection to God — that dominates the landscape of P+M. In her signature alto, Jess sings of her own heartbreak and joy with an authenticity that only comes from real life. 

 1. O GREAT LIGHT

2. WHEN I’M WITH YOU

3. DIE TRYIN’

4. HUMBLE HEART

5. GALLOWS

6. DID NOT OUR HEARTS BURN

7. YOU AND I

8. NO MAN (feat. Ellie Holcomb and Brandon Heath)

9. WHAT HAVE WE FOUND OURSELVES IN

10. ONE AND ONLY

11. SUNDAY AFTERNOON

12. MORNING SONG

CLICK HERE FOR LYRICS.

All music and lyrics by Jess Ray

 

CREDITS:

Produced by Jess Ray and Jacob Early

Jess Ray // Vocals, Acoustics, Electrics, Piano, Bass, Horns, Drums

Jacob Early // Vocals and Drum/Sample Programming

Kyle Langdon // Vocals, Electrics, Drums

Ellie Holcomb and Brandon Heath // Guest Vocals "No Man"

Taylor Leonhardt // Vocals "Humble Heart" and "Sunday Afternoon"

Hitoshi Yamaguchi // Cello, Upright Bass, Lap Pats, Beeps / Boops

Mason Self // Drums and Perc "O Great Light" and "When I’m with You"

Aaron Early // Drums "You and I"

Josh Kaler // Pedal Steel

Everett and Caroline Hardin // Strings "What Have We Found Ourselves In"

Sara Maria Blanton // Strings "O Great Light"

Engineered and Mixed by Jacob Early

Mastered by Everett Hardin

Guest vocalists recorded by Ben Shive

Photography by Sarah DeShields / Enowen Photography

All songs written and produced by Jess Ray © 2019 JESS RAY MUSIC

 

PULL THE STARS FROM THE SKY   [JAN 2017]

ABOUT:

Jess’ latest offering, “Pull The Stars From The Sky,” is an acoustic collection of old and new songs, previously unreleased. Recorded in one day at an old mill with just a guitar and microphone, PULL THE STARS is a raw, intimate view into the heart of this emerging songwriter.

 

1. COME TO MY SENSES   LYRICS

2. DYBTHLY   LYRICS

3. SET ME RIGHT   LYRICS

4. WATER/WIND/FIRE   LYRICS

5. YOU'RE GONNA LOVE ME   LYRICS

6. THE ANSWER FOR EVERY QUESTION [TECHNICOLOR JESUS]   LYRICS

7. PSALM 19   LYRICS

8. SAY YOU WILL   LYRICS

9. AFTER   LYRICS

10. WHEN I'M WITH YOU/ BRIGHTEST DAY   LYRICS

 

CREDITS:

All performed by Jess Ray

Engineered, Mixed, Mastered by Nathan Walker // www.nathanwalkeraudio.com

All songs written and produced by Jess Ray © 2017 JESS RAY MUSIC

 

SENTIMENTAL CREATURES  [MAY 2015]

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ABOUT:

Sentimental Creatures, the first full-length folk record from Jess Ray features her on everything from guitar to the trumpet. Sentimental Creatures is an enchanting blend of indie pop vibes and lyric-driven sensibility, a new brand of music she’s affectionately dubbed “friendly folk.”

 

1. TOO GOOD   LYRICS

2 HEADED FOR THE HILLS   LYRICS

3. KISS YOU   LYRICS

4. IN THE MEANTIME   LYRICS

5. THERE'S STILL TIME   LYRICS

6. HEALING ME   LYRICS

7. DESERVE   LYRICS

8. RUNAWAY   LYRICS

9. TWENTY-FOUR   LYRICS

10. DIMENSIONS   LYRICS

 

CREDITS:

Jess Ray // vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, bass, keys, horns, percussion, etc.

Mason Self // drums and percussion

Josh Kaler // pedal steel

John & Samantha Ray // background vocals

Produced by Jacob Early

Mixed by Chad Wahlbrink // www.chadwahlbrink.com

Mastered by Taylor Bray // Maple Studios

Executive Producer: Elijah Mosely, Threshing Floor Audio / Lincolnton, NC

All songs written and produced by Jess Ray © 2015 JESS RAY MUSIC