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One of the things I love about my obsession with Christmas music isn't just the delectable Christmas music it brings me - it is discovering artists I might not have otherwise known about and then spending the new year immersed in their back catalogue. One such act is charming Nashville duo, Jessie Kol. The husband and wife team mix elegant guitar instrumentals with heartfelt vocals to craft a gentle wall of sound that, rightly, relies on emotions, melody and talent to embed the songs into your cerebral cortex. Their Christmas EP, Christmas Time Is Here, is an evocative rumination on a season that yields as many melancholy moments as it does giddy highs. It is beautifully sung, exquisitely produced and elicits memories and emotions that will linger long past the season.
The EP opens with the title track, Christmas Time Is Here. This 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' staple is a perfect introduction, both to the EP and the duo's style of music. The lyrics are sparkling with Yuletide imagery that intricately crafts winter wonderland portraits - yet there is a sadness to the music that gives an aura of being detached from the happiness, viewing it from a far. Jessie sings this perfectly - an elegiac yearning in her expressive voice that accentuates the pathos of the accompanying instrumental. It all coalesces to give a haunting, atmospheric vibe as breathtaking as the first snowfall of the season. Shimmering jingle bells usher in Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - an equally as mesmerising interpretation that offers a little more hope and optimism. The stoic guitar reminds us that this is a message that has endured the test of time, whilst the aching, nuanced vical underscores the sincerity and fervent nature of this timeless wish. Lovely, lilting and languorous, this is an aural hug to stir the senses and soothe the soul.
I'll Be Home For Christmas continues the delicate balance of melancholy and joy, with satisfying results. It has an otherworldly quality to it, bought about by warming score and earnest singing. The genius of this album is how the songs feel so personal and intimate, own experiences infused into the performance. Jessie excels at bringing to life the sense of wanting something so very much that you convince yourself it is possible (all the time knowing it is a promise you could break). This magical partnership ensures the listener is captivated by the mellifluous tale unfolding before them. The EP closer, Silent Night, continues this love affair. Despite being more overtly religious than its predecessors, it still conveys an impression of pondering mixed with wonderment and awe. Like the opening track, this is an impeccable conclusion that brings this enchanting journey full circle. Smitten
The Compelling Story Behind Jessie Kol's New Single
August 12, 2016
When offered the opportunity to record a song for a major motion picture company to consider using in their upcoming movie, Jessie Kol decided to take a shot and jump at the chance. What came out of the experience ended up being what Jessie Kol considers one of their finest and most emotional recordings yet. Breathing new life into the 1971 Karen Dalton original, Jessie Kol blends Americana roots instrumentation with stunning vocal performance, giving the listener a mesmerizing and impassioned music experience.
Jessie Kol's new song "Something On Your Mind" is a beautifully moving song with the simple yet profound message, "never give up." As the lyric repeats, "you can't make it without ever even trying."
Jessie Kol says, "We were asked to record this song for Disney's remake of the classic movie Pete's Dragon. We decided to take the risk and pour our hearts into recreating this beautiful song that had a simple message of never giving up and persevering in spite of what you feel. We soon heard back from the executive in charge of music and found out that our song was a top contender for the spot in the movie and we were thrilled! In the end, however, they decided to go a different direction. We were disappointed, but we felt strongly that the song had a message that needed to be heard, so we decided to turn it into our next musical release. We feel this song is a reflection of our own lives and we're sure many others will be able to identify with it's message, as well. We all face hardship and have the choice to give up or keep going."
Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support, connect and empower military families, has featured Jessie's newest Christmas music video "Merry Christmas Darling" on their home page, Twitter, and Facebook! Please take a minute to learn more about the mission of Blue Star Families and how they're helping military families.
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