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Powerhouse country starlet Jess Holland’s new single Fine Lines from her forthcoming, highly anticipated second album is the perfect track to showcase this impressive musician’s bluesy vocals. Picked as it is one of the singer’s favourite tracks from her new album – Whole Lot To Say – the single shows a more mature side to Jess Holland, aptly representing how she has grown in her career since the release of her debut album.
Jess says it is the vibe and groove of the song that makes it one of her favourites. “It has a storyline that I wanted people to relate to like I have,” she says. “It really reflects the overall sound of the new album. From the start Fine Lines was a stand-out. The drums set the song up with its groove and from there everything just fell into place. It really hit its straps when the steel guitar and fiddle were incorporated – the song really fell onto its own feet. It is about reminiscing about a wild and carefree relationship that grew to be unpredictable. Despite breaking the rules, it remained enticing and left you wanting more – kind of like being associated with a ‘bad boy’ character that you just can’t part with.”
When it came to writing and selecting songs for her second long-player, Jess wanted tough honest songs. All the tracks are hard-hitting. “I haven’t held back in what I wanted to write about and this is no exception,” she says. “The album is pretty bold and sassy, but has those elements of country music that I love so much. I wanted to write songs that don’t tread on egg shells or hide behind meanings. It’s a pretty straight shooting kind of result.”
The songs certainly show a growth in Jess Holland’s music. While her debut album Introducing… Jess Holland was an exceptional release, the tracks on Whole Lot To Say have a definitely maturity to her earlier release. And the title, well that speaks for itself. “I have learned so much since my last album,” she says. “Not just about performing and writing, but a lot about myself and my capabilities. I have definitely grown and evolved and I believe this is reflected in the way I have constructed the new songs. I felt as though I had a lot to prove when I was writing for this album. I didn’t want to hold back at all from what I wanted to say and each song really reflects this attitude. The title is actually one of the tracks on the album, but to me it represents the purpose for the album.”
The album, and single, were recorded with Rob Long at the Funky Lizard Studios in Newcastle and mastered at Love HZ Studios with Michael Carpenter. Jess says Rob was an ‘absolute miracle worker’ and helped her take the visions of her songs to another level, and then some. “I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with some fantastic people for this album,” she enthuses. “In Fine Lines Rob not only played several instruments himself, but involved the likes of Sue Carson on fiddle, David Moore on steel guitar and Ben Elliot on drums.”
Jess Holland hasn’t really stopped working since the release of her debut album Introducing… Jess Holland. The subsequent singles My Kinda Town, Iddy Biddy Pride and Cigarettes & Whiskey all received great radio support. Throughout her career, she has toured through central, western and northern New South Wales in support of the likes of Luke Dickens, Diesel and Adam Brand. She’s also a two-time Toyota Star Maker finalist and has been earning acclaim from fans and critics alike. Earning the title of 2011 Voice of Urban Country was a great stepping-stone forward, the first of many accolades that have befallen this talented musician.
The Fine Lines single is just the start of what will end up being a massive year for Jess Holland. She’s already considered a musician to watch and her forthcoming release will only consolidate this fact. Jess Holland is going to make a massive impact and she certainly has a Whole Lot To Say.
Jess Holland’s new single Fine Lines is released to radio on 6 December 2013 through WJO (Digital). The forthcoming new album Whole Lot To Say is due for release on 28 March 2014.
For more information, please visit www.jessholland.com.au