PARALLELS + MERIDIANS [FEB 2019]
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
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
All music and lyrics by Jess Ray
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]
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.
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]
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.”
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