Sister was written one evening in Nashville with the producer of the album, Femke Weidema. Oddly we both went into the session with the same ideas for a song and the sound. I knew I wanted to write a song empowering women but not in the ways I have done it before. After brainstorming, Sister began to take shape. I remember leaving the session feeling like we just wrote something extremely special. I still feel
“she owns the most powerful voice this side of Adele” (Daily Mail)
“Like Shania at her trashiest or a whiskey-drunk Kelly Clarkson, these songs have the swagger of bad women and even worse men.” (Gay Times)
“This is a simply stunning album, huge in all senses of the word. Big storytelling, big vocals and big vision.” (Lyric)
“Smoke and Mirrors is an exceptional, varied album that builds on the JATB sound without scaring away old listeners.” (Your Life In A Song)
“Jess’ vocals are sublime.” (Celebmix)
Jess & The Bandits proved with their critically acclaimed debut album, Here We Go Again, that they were a musical force to be reckoned with. Boasting a rock country sound delivered with raw and real grit and an infectious pop punch, the band have enjoyed the loyal support of BBC Radio and TV.
While they last toured the UK at the end of a riotous festival season in 2016, the quintet are finally set to return to the live circuit with Smoke and Mirrors – the long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s #6 Official Country Chart charting Here We Go Again.
With lead vocalist Jess the happiest she has ever been, the writing process for upcoming album Smoke & Mirrors saw her in a very different frame of mind to those for the band’s debut. Having been swept off her feet by her Prince Charming, photographer Chris Peavey, Jess is radiating happiness following her engagement earlier this year.
With her personal and professional life going from strength to strength, Jess impressively battles with the serious hormone condition, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. PCOS can lead to weight gain, excessive body hair, acne and reproductive problems as your ovaries become prone to cysts. With the condition often undetected, 1 in 5 women, including Victoria Beckham and Jools Oliver, suffer without the realization that they have the condition. Despite battling PCOS for many years, the feisty songstress has always been a strong believer in loving who you are, which lead to her following in the footsteps of Chaka Khan and Beth Ditto to become the first country star to be brand ambassador for a UK high street fashion store, when she teamed up with Evans.
Jess & The Bandits have a busy summer of festivals ahead, and will also be heading out on a headline tour in September to coincide with the release of Smoke & Mirrors, which boasts the rock country edge of their debut while channeling a raw, real Gospel attitude.
Of Smoke & Mirrors, Jess says; “I am so excited about this album. I wanted to make sure that the sound grew and developed, Experimenting a little even. Gospel music is so close to my heart that I knew I needed to bring those elements into this new record. Smoke & Mirrors is a labour of love. A collection of songs that will take the listener on a journey.”
Having already teased fans with the instant grat. Kings of Summer, the band are excited to reveal the gospel drive of Sister, which is a euphoric rallying call to women all around the world. Although it still has the rock bite of the band’s earlier releases, Jess explains, “This sound is very different from what many people are used to hearing from JATB. We wanted to go head first into a gospel feel. Something that has been part of country music for years and years but not really a part of U.K. country music. We took the story telling aspect of country music, threw a little pop in there for good measure and then took the listener to church with an incredible gospel choir.”
After overcoming many changes throughout her life, from bullying to illness, Jess continues to the ray of light that her fans got to know and love of Here We Go Again, and don’t worry as you will find out her name still is trouble…