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JESSE JO STARK performs the song "DRIFTWOOD" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY NICK STUBBLEFIELD
A Halloween-consumed alternative outlaw whose tastes veer from Merle Haggard to Beach House, Los Angeles singer and songwriter Jesse Jo Stark knows her roots, but she’s purely a product of tomorrow. How many modern musical upstarts could share a Teen Vogue cover alongside Bella Hadid then jet to Prague to open for Guns N’ Roses? Truth is, she’s not just an outlier for her generation; she’s a timeless iconoclast.
That fact is evidenced in the most telling way possible—her playlist.
“When I get into an Uber, the driver is typically shocked by my playlist,” she grins. “They’re always a little shocked by the tunes I choose, like country and dreamy tunes by Van Morrison, Waylon Jennings, Sinead O’Connor, Beach House, The Cramps, to name a few. They always say not many young people they drive play those songs.”
After picking up guitar at eleven, handwriting songs in numerous notebooks, and slaying her first gigs by 16, the self-described “West Side Chick” built a quiet buzz with early songs such as “Down Your Drain” and “Driftwood” produced by Jason Lytle [Grandaddy, Band of Horses] and co-written alongside Jonathan Rice. As these cuts captivated a growing fan base, she earned the endorsement of Elle, Interview Magazine, Vice, American Songwriter, Noisey, and many others in between headline shows.
Jesse Jo’s 2017 single “Deadly Doll” hints at her otherworldly je ne sais quoi equally awash in rusty twang and indie gothic soul informed by a lifelong love of Bride of Frankenstein and The Addams Family. It’s the perfect way to learn about the rock sorceress.
“When I write and perform, I inhabit some extension of myself,” she admits. “It’s the one time I feel like I’m sharing. I’m me. It’s easier for me to communicate through singing than it is to just talk.”
CREDITS / SPONSORS
Producer/Talent Booker: Cindi Avnet
Videographer: Chris Graves
Recorded by: Jeff Bates
Mixed by: Jeff Bates
PA: Chloe Robinson
Presented by: NEUW DENIM. Learn more at http://bit.ly/BTVNeuw
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