For over a decade, Jess Klein’s gutsy “tell it like it is” folk-pop has

been embraced by tastemakers from Tokyo to London, from Australia

to her new home state of Texas.

Graced with one of the most enviable voices in Americana music –

equally at ease with a sultry whisper or a rock’n’roll wail, Klein has

released eight critically acclaimed albums and toured the globe,

sharing the stage with such greats as Arlo Guthrie, Steve Earle,

Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Shawn Colvin, Radney Foster, Alejandro

Escovedo and John Fullbright.

MOJO Magazine writes “Jess Klein has one of those voices you want

to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to.” And No

Depression‘s Lee Zimmerman calls Klein’s latest release Behind A

Veil “An excellent album – a career-maker in fact.”

Klein has grown into her Texas surroundings easily. No stranger to

culture shock, the Rochester, New York native first picked up the

guitar and started writing songs while living as a student in Kingston,

Jamaica in her late teens. After returning to the states, Klein moved

to Boston and began performing locally, releasing her first album,

Wishes Well Disguised independently. After winning the Telluride

Troubadour Songwriting Contest, and garnering several Boston

Music Award nominations, she was spotted and signed to Rykodisc.

Her first release for the label, Draw Them Near, (3.5 stars, USA

Today), launched Klein on a worldwide tour that saw her wow 70,000

attendees at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival. Soon after, Klein joined the

songwriter collective Voices on the Verge, along with Erin McKeown,

Rose Polenzani, and Beth Amsel. The foursome was featured on Good

Morning America performing Klein’s song “Little White Dove” and

brought sold out crowds in small theaters across the U.S. to their feet

nightly with their blend of harmonies and eclectic styles.

After a move to NYC, Klein recorded her second solo effort for Ryko,

Strawberry Lover(2005), which debuted as the No. 1 most added

album at triple A radio a

week before its release and garnered four

stars from MOJO, as well as having the title track named one of the

“Top Ten Sexiest Songs of the Moment” by the NY Daily News. Draw

Them Near,Strawberry Lover and 2006’s City Garden would

capture the attention of critics and fans worldwide.

Always searching for new adventure and inspiration, Klein relocated

to Austin, Texas in 2008, where she quickly embraced the music of

her new home. In between tours, which included a stint in Ireland

supporting folk legend Arlo Guthrie, Klein found time to collaborate

with some of Austin’s most talented artists: Jon Dee Graham, Randy

Weeks, Radney Foster, Jimmy LaFave, Slaid Cleeves, Matt the

Electrician, Drew Womack, Josh Abbott, Stoney LaRue, Butch

Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Will Sexton, Ray Bonneville and

Oklahoma-based John Fullbright (she’s the featured background

vocalist on his Grammy-nominated album From the Ground Up) .

Behind a Veil (2012) marks Klein’s second album with Austin based

producer Mark Addison, the first being 2009’s critically acclaimed

Bound to Love. In Bound to Love, Klein keenly embraced the dusty

roots of Texas songwriters while reveling in her new surroundings.

Behind a Veil goes deeper, chronicling her feelings during a

particularly hard year; the loss of her father after a 5 year battle with

ALS, a split with a long-time lover, and the self-empowering decision

to move forward with no record label.

Jess explains: “You never really know what the big picture is to a

situation – sometimes the meaning is veiled. It can seem really bad,

but then later you can look back at the same moment and feel so

grateful it went that way; I love that about life. Sometimes things are

just really hard and really painful, but also beautiful.”

On Behind a Veil, Jess writes honestly and courageously about the

conflicting emotions of love, loss, joy and pain. But even in the most

delicate passages you can hear the triumph in her voice.

To book Jess Klein for your music festival, event please call 01 201 3660 to speak with our team at AMA Music Agency  

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