“Her album Mirrors reveals a penchant to reach the prayer-like epiphany of Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan… her new song “California” achieves the singularity of a celebratory Jewel.”
- The Somerville Times
Born in Hollywood, Florida and raised in Western New York, JES JUSTICE began writing music at the age of 14, citing the Temptations and Janis Joplin as childhood muses. At 18 Jes moved to NYC and began to perform in the bar and club scene at such historical venues as the Bitter End and Rockwood Music Hall. In 2009 Jess released her first album, Mirrors and has since been a featured and background vocalist touring with the Zak Smith Band while steadily playing as a solo act on the east coast.
“Jewel was the reason I started playing guitar and also learned to yodel,” says Jess. “Ani DiFranco inspired a lot of my early songwriting days. I also love Patty Griffin, Lori McKenna and Miranda Lambert and the Dixie Chicks for their down-to-earth writing style. I’m inspired by Eminem and Kanye West for their sometimes offensive, honest and funny lyrics… The older I got my music got a little more edgy and jaded. I also started writing funny songs and swearing a bit more. My vocal style matured from experience as well as singing in other styles with other bands.”
After 9 years on the New York circuit, the lifestyle began to take its toll. The songstress took a break from the nightlife to regain her sense of self and made the move to Boston. Following stints in New England, LA and Nashville, Jess returned to New York in 2015. After two solo U.S tours and motivation to evolve, she began writing her new album The Realest. This new album is evolved from her folk roots into a power pop and modern country rock fusion. Jes teamed up with producer Christopher Shurtleff and notable Brooklyn musicians Gavi Grodsky (The Flowdown), Alex Goumas (Man on Earth) and Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz) to make this album sonically grandiose.
Jes moved to Nashville in January of 2017 and will be releasing her new EP THE REALEST this fall! Check out Jes' tour dates to see her in person.