Accompanied by Alan Fish
Coming to Chettle Village Hall
Friday, April 27th 2018
Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm
Wine, local beer, hot meals
available during the intermission
Contact Jan 07776 323 198
JESSE TERRY – “Natural” – Full Bio
“Jesse Terry is a gentle soul with a formidable song writing talent and a clear artistic vision.”
— John Platt, WFUV-NYC
A true musical journeyman, Jesse Terry has made it his mission to share his love of music fully and completely, without regard for shading his emotions or tempering his convictions. By his own definition, he’s never been a cautious individual, but rather one who finds inspiration and optimism in the solace and joy making music brings him; and that which he can impart to others. In that regard, his artistic quest has become satisfying and self-fulfilling.
“Things happen for me at the right place and time when I’m focusing on my art and connecting with people,” Jesse suggests. “I’ve always had the desire to spread peace and unity through my music. This gives me a tangible purpose, even when life doesn’t seem to make much sense.”
That ability to create a connection, to bare his soul and express his emotions through his songs have been the defining thread in a career that’s spawned five albums (The Runner, Stay Here With Me, Empty Seat on a Plane, and his latest pair, Stargazer and Natural) as well as an EP (The Calm and the Storm) as part of a career that began in 2010. It’s evolved and expanded ever since, thanks to a tour schedule that’s found him playing over 1,000 shows in the past ten years and taken him across the country and to points well beyond – The UK, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Greenland, and New Zealand included. It’s given him a fresh perspective on the world and additional insights into its common humanity, sentiments and a sensibility that continues to impact his music.
“It’s about inclusiveness,” Jesse insists. “I love that music can bring all kinds of people together. I feel so lucky to be making music for a living. I don’t mind the long drives and the long hours, because that’s all part of the journey. And once you stop loving it, you stop living it.”
Indeed, that’s at the core of his convictions. “So much of my music is about expressing the joy of the journey and finding strength and resiliency to battle through the difficult times,” he muses. “Touring the world has given me a very different perspective. We’re all part of a global family.”
He’s made that message clear on each of his albums, but never more so than of the two he recorded simultaneously in 2017. Stargazer, released this past September, was a defining record in Jesse’s career, unencumbered by the need to fit into a specific genre while emulating instead the artists and recordings that formed such an indelible impression on him as he was finding his own way early on. Recorded with producer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaler, it’s an aural spectacle of sorts, filled with rich arrangements and a genuine sense of celebration. It was met with a wealth of critical acclaim, many of which summed up his strengths conclusively.
“As you wake up singing these hooks over and over to yourself because you just can’t get them out of your head, you’ll soon appreciate the full value of Stargazer,” Blurt declared. “It’s just that good.”
Alan’s musical history includes songwriter/guitarist in successful North East rock bands ‘White Heat’ and ‘The Loud Guitars’, achieving a cult following during the 1980’s and 90’s with live performances, singles, albums and videos.
In more recent years ‘The Attention Seekers’ has been Alans platform for his song-writing. Again, releasing albums and playing live across the North East of England.
In 2015 a chance viewing of Jesse Terry on a TV program & an introduction via a mutual friend has led to Alan accompanying Jesse on several tours of the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands.