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