You wouldn’t expect it from a white girl who grew up in Vancouver, but the Japanese ‘koto’ is in Jessica’s blood. Growing up in a household with a koto master for a mother, Stuart also lived in Japan as a child, and came upon the traditional 13-stringed floor harp honestly, taking lessons with her mother’s sensei. Now, following extensive Canadian touring plans in support of their new release Two Sides to Every Story (March 12, 2013), Jessica and The `Few will head abroad for their first tour of Japan in fall 2013.
Musically innovative and lyrically refreshing, Two Sides To Every Story features lead single ’Don’t Ya’ which was recently chosen as Song Of The Week on CBC Radio One, and called “the perfect 3-minute pop song” by music critic Errol Nazareth. Other album standouts are a brilliant koto rendition of the Eurythmics` “Here Comes the Rain”. Keeping in line with its title, the album muses with the theme of dichotomies: work vs. play, right vs. wrong and the like. Aesthetically, the album is part of an ongoing collaboration between Jessica and noted Japanese-Canadian visual artist Takashi Iwasaki, whose playful original artwork throughout the album’s packaging is the perfect visual to pair with The Jessica Stuart Few’s sound.
Jessica Stuart’s deep musical history and love of guitar-heavy rock and soul music are put on equal footing with the Canadian singer-songwriter tradition. On Two Sides to Every Story, Stuart exhibits a pitch-perfect vocal sensibility strikingly reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, with stunning harmonies proudly laid free of auto-tune. Her innovative take on the Japanese koto, and her exceptional guitar work are both inspired. Performing and recording alongside Dan Fortin on double bass (Serena Rider, Bernice) and Tony Nesbitt-Larking on drums (The Most Serene Republic, Tanika Charles), Stuart and her long-time band mates are all vital players in Toronto’s indie music community. The ‘Few’s instrumentation is one-of-a-kind, and Stuart’s approach to songwriting is fresh, taking influence from folk, soul, rock and jazz, while creating a distinctive new sound that has earned the trio main stage performances at some of Canada’s top festivals (North By Northeast, Canadian Music Week, TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Islands Folk Festival, Vancouver Chutzpah! Festival, to name a few). The band also received two 2012 Toronto Independent Music Award nominations (Best Live Performance, Best Recording), and continues to enjoy their songs and videos in regular rotation on CBC Radio and Bravo! TV.
Watch the brand new video for The Jessica Stuart Few's latest single "Winter Warm" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dwPox72ck4
And the music video for "Don't Ya" at http://youtu.be/2oosbG6Vi7M