"A voice that commands attention from the first line." -Performing Songwriter Magazine
Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Jessi Robertson grew up in a tiny upstate New York town of under 1,000 people, but eventually moved to the big city and carved out a place for herself. Her first full band studio album, "Small Town Girls," to be released in February 2011, follows that journey.
Musically, Jessi lives on the divide between gutsy indie rockers such as PJ Harvey and gritty Americana artists like Lucinda Williams. Embracing this duality, her performances can feel as intimate as a conversation, or as deep and wide as an ocean, and Jessi refuses to shy away from difficult subjects. The songs on "Small Town Girls" address domestic violence, mental illness and alienation, and yet are unflinchingly hopeful, too, shedding light into Jessi's own darkest corners.
The upcoming album features Jessi's longtime friends and collaborators, including producer Chris Cubeta (Wakey!Wakey!, Harper Blynn) and guitarist Greg Tuohey (Lowry). A large portion of her album was funded through the generous support of her fan base on Pledge Music and 10 percent of album proceeds will be donated to The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization.
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RIYL: PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, Mazzy Star, Ryan Adams, Fiona Apple