Press & Reviews
“I have been a fan of Jesse Terry since the first time I heard him. He's a humble - and humbling - talent.”
- Tony Arata - singer/songwriter & 2012 Inductee of Songwriters Hall of Fame
"Every once in a while an artist comes along and captivates our audience by inviting us into their unique lives through song and performance. Jesse Terry is one of those artists. His ability to craft memorable songs is complimented by his supreme ability to deliver them in a sometimes funny, sometimes gut wrenching, but always sincere and authentic manner. One leaves a Jesse Terry concert feeling like you've taken a road trip with him and tasted his flavor of the richness of life - both the joys and the struggles. His years in Nashville are apparent in the subtle, refined arrangements of his recorded tracks, which harken back to the days of Neil Young's "Harvest" and Jackson Browne's "Running On Empty". At the core of it all, his personality–sunny naivety meets gritty wisdom–is what sets Jesse Terry apart from the abundance of songwriting talent out there. We'd like to wish him all the best on his musical journey, but honestly, he's already arrived - it's only a matter of time before the masses catch up with him."
- Dave Dircks - Host of Acoustic Long Island (#1 Acoustic Podcast on iTunes)
"As a young artist, Terry would fit right in with the songwriters of the 1960s and ’70s. Listening to his music, it’s easy to imagine hearing his songs on the radio in between cuts by Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell."
- Jay Smith - Pollstar.com
"Stay Here With Me is the kind of album that defines what the ablest singer/songwriter ought to aim for, that is, a set of songs tendered with heartfelt emotion and powered by earnest ambition. The melodies ring with instant accessibility and a clear connection, conveying a brilliance and clarity that most veteran artists still strive for. Endearing and engaging, songs such as “Stay Here With Me,” “Feel That Way Again,” “Marina” and “Deeper Wells” reflect Terry’s obvious MO, a sweet sentimentality that lacks any hint of pretence or posturing. With a little bit of luck and the right amount of promotion, Terry could clearly become a major star; suffice it to say he could wipe the floor with most of those placid “American Idol” finalists hands down. Not to worry. He’s reaped plenty of accolades himself, among them, a grand prize win from The John Lennon Songwriting Contest and substantial standing with The NSAI/CMT Song Contest, and The We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards. Unforced and yet clearly refined, these are songs that could only come from someone who’s mastered his skill set. The result? A wonderful album indeed."
- Lee Zimmerman - No Depression
"Jesse's sweet, smooth voice takes you to another place. You'll come back to reality with his songs stuck in your head and heart."
- Liz Longley - singer/songwriter/troubadour
"Jesse Terry's seamless Stay Here With Me charts compelling journeys through life and love."
- Brian T. Atkinson - CMTEdge.com
"Those who first saw James Taylor in the Nantucket Coffeehouses still speak of instantly knowing they were in the presence of greatness. Those who rocked to Springsteen on the Jersey Shore knew he would soon be known to the world. Those who were mesmerized by a young Billy Joel in Long Island bars and pubs knew they saw a future Music Hall of Famer. That same recognition of having been on the ground floor prior to a meteoric rise to the top was shared by those who attended Jesse Terry in concert at the Katherine Hepburn Performing Arts Center in Old Saybrook on August 13th.
Jesse Terry not only owned the stage, but he owned the hearts of the roughly 200 people fortunate enough to attend the evening. Not all got to speak to him in person, but each and every one left the evening having become his friend as well as his lifetime fan. Unique to the great talents of the world, is the fact that they cannot be compared to each other. Jesse Terry is Jesse Terry – a voice, a presence, a personality, and a talent unto himself... It takes no courage for us to say, Jesse Terry, here’s to a decades long relationship – the sky is the limit!"
- Alexis Ann - The Resident
"...he's a force to be reckoned with. His well-crafted songs rank right there with Ryan Adams, Rhett Miller and other masters of alt-country."
- John Platt - WFUV - New York City
"Over the course of remarkable albums like "The Runner," "Empty Seat on a Plane" and last year's "Stay Here With Me," Terry has gone from opening for artists such as Darrell Scott, Paula Cole, Marty Balin and Liz Longley to headlining his own shows...The tunes effortlessly spin out compelling narratives, anchored with creative chord blueprints and lavishly seasoned with an exceptional sense of melody."
- Rick Koster - The Day
"It’s not every day that you hear a voice like Jesse’s. His vocals are as clear as the cloudless blue sky and the lyrics flow as pure as a fresh mountain stream. He carries your emotions with a soothing flow. Jesse’s voice has been compared to that of Ryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Ray LaMontagne and James Taylor. Terry is the “real deal”!... Every composition on the album is well written and the production is simple and sweet."
- Josie Milner - Digital Rodeo
Once in a very blue moon a musician casts such a spell with a song that the audience hesitates to applaud for fear of breaking it. Such was the case last night when Jesse Terry played Don McLean's "Vincent" with the Wairarapa stars shining bright outside our windows - the silence when he finished was a moment of performance magic.
- Simon Burt - Concert Host - Carterton, New Zealand
"His music is filled with a simple grace, with lyrics that capture beautifully the eternal tug-of-war between head and heart. If you like Josh Ritter, Ryan Adams, or Jackson Browne, give Jesse’s music a try. His soothing voice paired with acoustic guitar is like a gentle sunbeam parting monochrome sky… As I was looping behind the Jefferson Memorial, Jesse Terry’s “Second Dance” came on. The contemplative piano, the soothing swirl of strings, and above all, the ease and sweet wistfulness in his vocal style — it sounded like absolution… The warmth that comes through in Jesse Terry’s songs is even more apparent when you see him perform live. Jesse sings with a smile and a joy so palpable that you can’t help but experience a shift in mood and an upturning of the corners of your mouth when you listen."
- Vivian Wang - District Consonance
"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... a performance that touches the heart like only a whisper can."
- Janet Goodman - Music News Nashville
"...a refresher course in how to make bouyant country rock sounds bright and clear and heartfelt... “Feel That Way Again” has one of the most engaging choruses I’ve heard in some time, while “Deeper Wells” and “This Should Be Home” speak directly to the hard work that helps forge a lasting relationship... Much like Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline helped reinvent our notions of country music by extracting the essence of what made it pure, Stay Here With Me gives us a glimpse of why words that strike to the heart of relationships, when set to an engaging melody and played with precision and love, can still work wonders... Jesse Terry’s 2013 gem can stake its own claim to greatness."
- James Cassara - Rapid River Arts Magazine
"Singer/songwriter Jesse Terry emerged on last year's sophomore CD "Empty Seat On A Plane" and builds on that foundation with latest efforts "Stay Here With Me." His prolific writing skills have earned Terry a handful of prestigious songwriter awards and he's come into his own as a performer in the same vein as Ryan Adams, Mason Jennings, Ray LaMontagne and Rufus Wainwright. The title track is the perfect lid lifter and Terry shines on keepers "Rattling Cage," "Don't Let Me Fall For You," "Marina," "Beekeeper" and "This Should Be Home."
- Jeffrey Sisk - Managing Editor, The Daily News, McKeesport, PA
"Stonebridge Guitars International, a line of hand built boutique guitars crafted in the heart of Europe, is proud to endorse one of today's best singer-songwriters Jesse Terry. In the time we have gotten to work with and know Jesse he has shown an innate ability to create beautiful melodies and wonderful pop songs. We are glad to include Jesse in the ranks of other world-class Stonebridge artists such as Hall of Famer Thom Bresh, Richard Smith, Eddie Ferris (Ricky Skaggs) and Jon Conley (Kenny Chesney)."
- Todd Allison - Stonebridge Guitars International
"Do towns have recruiters whose jobs are to lure desired citizens to take up a local residence?
It seems world-class songwriter Jesse Terry and his wife, Jess - yes, she's Jess and he's Jesse - have moved to Stonington. Not that they'll be there all that often. The pair travel together, and Terry is absolutely a globe-trotting troubadour, seducing folks with songs from wonderful and astonishingly crafted records such as "The Runner," "Empty Seat on a Plane" and last year's "Stay Here With Me."
Terry, whose tunes recall the artistry of Jackson Browne and melodic narrative of Jason Isbell, recently won first place in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition's "Americana" category for a lovely piece called "Let the Blue Skies Go to Your Head." Judges included Bruce Hornsby, Tom Waits and, yes, Isbell."
- Rick Koster - The Day
“Jesse is a troubadour in the classic sense. His songs and voice remind me of James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, and even Ryan Adams. He writes with true craft, and his melodies linger with you long after just one listen. I have had such pleasure working with Jesse on two albums now. We have gotten to collaborate on arrangements and even do some co-writing. He sings the melodies with passion and believability every time. Each time we start working on the vocal of a song, I am struck by how great the songs are and how Jesse delivers them with such ease."
- Neilson Hubbard - Acclaimed Producer/Singer/Songwriter/Engineer/Mixer
“A southern New Englander, hailing from Connecticut, Jesse Terry has crisscrossed the United States multiple times, played throughout Europe, has three albums to his name and is an overall great guy...As a radio programmer, I have enjoyed the privilege of meeting and interviewing many great performers over the years; I have met few nicer and more genuine than Jesse. Have a listen tonight and he will be a friend of yours too in no time at all... His songs are hopeful, reflective, and above all sincere."
- Bruce Swan - WPKN - Bridgeport, CT
"Great singer, great guitar player, great songwriter. The real deal."
- Craig Carothers – singer/songwriter/troubadour
"If he continues to make albums like this, Jesse Terry should find himself ensconced in the forefront of Americana, where themes realistic and romantic hold sway. The equal weight given to his acoustic guitar and electric exemplify that approach, and shore up a strong debut."
- Rick Allen, Vintage Guitar Magazine
"Like forbears John Prine and Mark Germino and recent risers Mindy Smith and Jeremy Lister, Terry is a pop-folk troubadour whose style suits the coffeehouse rather than the Grand Ole Opry. A Berklee College of Music grad, he brings a sophisticated melodic touch to his tender musings about love and finding his place in the world."
- Michael McCall, Nashville Scene
"Jesse Terry is one of the premier song writers of our generation, channeling a culmination of legendary influences… The songs are all easily relatable stories, drawing the listener in and keeping their attention through a delivery that is both powerful and moving. I’m excited about this record and I see big things in the future for Jesse Terry, not only because of his masterful song writing but because he is a really honest and sincere guy. I believe that his drive, his talent, and his countenance will pave his road to success."
- Cardinal Playlists
"In Terry’s lyrics, home is less a single place than a group of ideas and images (ballparks, carnival rides, and wide-open roads) that conjure the unified feeling of America as one expansive home. Specific nods to gospel, funk, and blues instrumentally achieve a similar effect, compressing America’s vast musical history into portable tuneful mementos that give listeners a coherent sense of place no matter where they might be. Never crowded or ostentatious, Terry’s arrangements give each instrument just enough space to make these musical influences clear, and his soothing vocal delivery is calming without being sleep–inducing, which is a rare feat. While Terry has been accurately compared to the likes of Ryan Adams and James Taylor, Empty Seat on a Plane shows that now he may be well on the way to becoming a reference point for other up-and-coming singer-songwriters himself."
- OurStage.com - Mikel
"Empty Seat On A Plane is a charmer of an album and one well worth falling for"
- Lee Zimmerman - No Depression
"Jesse Terry's new CD Empty Seat on a Plane is just what a good singer-songwriter album should be. Intelligent, articulate and often poetic songs in a folk-influenced acoustic-guitar based setting by a performer with an appealing vocal style. The very tasteful production adds to the music without significantly calling attention to itself. It's also a major contributor to this album's artistic success. It's an all-around likable album from an artist who writes about his experiences, but does so in a way that can reach wide audiences."
- George Graham - WVIA-FM
"...you know you have hit upon a true star when an acoustic simple set can have you wanting more. Jesse Terry has done just that with his raw emotion, exquisite vocals and prime plucking on his guitar."
- Bring Me Up (http://scrink.com/)
"Jesse Terry was a highlight of our festival. As headliner, he won over crowds at the Hideaway Cafe. As a house concert performer, he inspired several new hosts and thrilled the audiences that came to see him. In a business that often shows our flaws, Jesse brings nothing but strength to the stage... songs, voice, personality, and musicianship."
- Fran Snyder, founder of Listening Room Festival and ConcertsInYourHome.com
"Jesse Terry is a true triple threat. He has a gorgeous voice and he knows how to use it to deliver his incredibly poignant, moving material. "
- Steve Seskin – singer/songwriter/troubadour
"Take a little bit of Jackson Browne, James Taylor and Paul Simon and you get some idea of what singer-songwriter Jesse Terrysounds like. The folk/pop music that Jesse Terry creates feels right at home when played alongside the music of any of the aforementioned musicians... Each song on the album has a certain beauty to it and shows off the writing ability Terry as the songs for this album have been arranged with simplicity that will many will find appealing. From the first song to the last, Empty Seat on a Plane will finally give Jesse Terry the album needed to make him a household name."
- Matheson Kamin - Matheson's Entertainment
"In the life of a troubadour, is there anything more enticing than the love of a good woman and the lure of the road? The presence and promise of both loom large in singer-songwriter Jesse Terry’s sophomore album Empty Seat on a Plane, scheduled for release on July 10. The record is less a collection of songs than an invitation to join Terry on an emotional odyssey. Empty Seat on a Plane is deeply personal, but not impenetrable to an audience...In the age of iTunes, the audience might be tempted to pick and choose among the compositions on Empty Seat on a Plane. However, the songs are meant to be heard together. Each song is part of the journey, one that’s led Terry across the globe and back home again. Those who take the time to listen will be glad they made the trip with him."
- Goodnight Hestia
"Jesse Terry played our house concert series, Underground Oasis, two years ago and is due back in the spring. If you've listened to Jackson Browne or James Taylor or Paul Simon and wondered why no one writes like that anymore, well, Jesse does."
- Underground Oasis Concert Series
"Jesse is one of those artists that can captivate you with just his voice and guitar. Attention, it is pretty darn good accompanied by excellent musicians, but his voice really fly, happiness sensuality. Listening to this album, we enter a world whose fate it is to the ultimate piece, a real treat. I can not remove a title from another, all are beautiful, the word emotion makes sense for their plays. This CD has a fault, it being too short so that's good. There is a word that defines this album, BEAUTIFUL."
- French Association of Country Music