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Wonderful New Review of "Stay Here With Me" LP - Music News Nashville!!

May 5 | Posted by: Jesse Terry

A wonderful and humbling review to start my Monday:) So grateful for these words and the amazing players, singers and co-writers I had the chance to work with on this album. Check it out and help me spread the word!


“…I was maybe chasing stuff that wasn’t me…I learned over the years that I needed to be 100 percent who I was, and the money and other things would…always come to me after I’d written from a place of truth and not a place like, ‘Let me get a big old cut by Kenny Chesney,’” says indie artist Jesse Terry during his January 2014 Pollstar interview. The Berklee-educated, award-winning singer/songwriter (John Lennon Songwriting Contest; NSAI/CMT Song Contest) walked the path of a Nashville pro writer before hitting the road on tour. His recently released third album “Stay Here With Me” – produced in Nashville by Neilson Hubbard and recorded live in the studio with a full band – features 11 solo and co-penned songs that bring to mind iconic artist/poets like Paul Simon and Jackson Browne.

Terry opens with vibrant, in-your-face pedal steel on the title track, and takes an honest self-assessment on “Feel That Way Again,” realizing, “Lately we’ve been reading the wrong signs/…Tryin’ to find gold in a coal mine/When it’s nowhere to be found.” He’s nothing if not vulnerable on the stunning “Don’t Let Me Fall For You,” and amid dreamy harmonies and the rich hypnotic drone of a string arrangement, Terry sees in vivid detail and sets aside his easy tenor to explore his earthy, lower vocal range on “Awake At Last” – one of three tracks co-written with Hubbard.

In “Second Dance,” an exquisite strings-and-piano mini-masterwork written with Angela Kaset, Terry asks the listener, “…what would you do/If the love of your life came back to you,” then he tries to convince himself that “Now I’m stealing back the rest of my life/Splitting the seams with a double-edged knife/It’s gonna hurt but I know it’s worth it, whatever the cost.” His is a performance that touches the heart like only a whisper can.

by Janet Goodman

Visit the artist’s website at www.jesseterrymusic.com

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