The Texas-born, L.A.-based singer and songwriter Jess Williamson makes deeply felt songs that orbit around her powerful voice, a voice that’s strong and vulnerable, big-room flawless, quietly ecstatic, and next-to-you intimate. In her most recent work, Sorceress, that voice is surrounded by a deep-hued kaleidoscope of dusty ’70s cinema, ’90s country music, and breezy West Coast psychedelia.
Williamson grew up in the suburbs of Dallas. An only child, she was raised by music-loving parents on a healthy diet of Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, and KT Oslin. A lifelong singer and performer, her earliest memories are of putting on concerts for the other kids on the playground at recess.
In 2016, she relocated to Los Angeles, a move that proved to be life changing. Inspired by the new environment and the deep introspection that can come from being alone in a foreign land, she wrote the album Cosmic Wink, which was recorded the following year in Dripping Springs, TX, and became her first release on a record label, Mexican Summer, in 2018.
Her fourth album, Sorceress, also on Mexican Summer, arrives Spring 2020. It was written in Los Angeles, recorded at Gary’s Electric in Brooklyn, NY and finished at Dandysounds in Dripping Springs, Texas, where she recorded Cosmic Wink. While she’s stayed true to her deep-country roots, the music’s grown in its ambitions. It’s her biggest, most assured collection to date, and a true document of the hard work paying off.
“Psychedelic indie folk from a true seeker of cosmic wisdom. Like PJ Harvey produced by Lee Hazlewood.” – Rolling Stone
“A romantic epiphany.” – The Guardian
“All of Williamson’s songs have an ominous tension, like a dark cloud that threatens but never brings the relief of rain.” – Pitchfork
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