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Jesse Terry / Press

“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.”

“Jesse Terry's seamless Stay Here With Me charts compelling journeys through life and love.”

“...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.”

“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... honestly, he's already arrived - it's only a matter of time before the masses catch up with him.”

“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.”

“...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.”

“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).”

“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.”

“Great singer, great guitar player, great songwriter. The real deal.”

“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.”

“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/Touring Artist

“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/Songw”

“I have been a fan of Jesse Terry since the first time I heard him. He's a humble - and humbling - talent.”

Tony Arata - 2012 Inductee of Songwriters Hall of Fame

“Here we have an artist who genuinely has individual artistic talent. Of course a backing band is always helpful, but I think 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. This is perfect summer music, windows down music and something you’d like to have on while sipping lemonade outside at the beach. On July 10th critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Jesse Terry releases his most courageously emotional music, Empty Seat on a Plane. “Songwriting is a healing force for me. I’ve used it to talk about my turbulent childhood, and to express emotions about love, loss, and hope. Songwriting saved my life... His music reminds me a little bit of Matt Nathanson and Ryan Adams combined; both of which are a very good thing in my mind and to my ears. His music is definitely worthy of using the repeat button.”

“The presence and promise of both loom large in singer-songwriter Jesse Terry’s sophomore album Empty Seat on a Plane... Terry’s 2009 debut The Runner was a well-crafted, accesible folk-pop album that spoke of yearning for the seemingly unattainable, whether it be affection or peace of mind. His collaborations with other talented scribes accurately captured the restlessness of a youthful soul. However, if the The Runner centered around a young man’s wandering spirit, the self-penned Empty Seat on a Plane revolves around a maturing man who’s drawn to the road, but no longer on the run. 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.”

“Jesse may have forgone the “bells and whistles” for this album, but Empty Seat on a Plane is anything but lacking. The piano sprinkled throughout, the hint of soul on “Bitterroot Valley,” the expanse of country encased in a song (“Coyotes”), and the beautiful simplicity of all of it make this album a pleasure to discover.”

“INTERVIEW + ALBUM PREVIEW WITH JESSE TERRY Jesse Terry is one of the premier song writers of our generation, channeling a culmination of legendary influences into one marketable package. With Empty Seat On A Plane, Jesse hopes to keep up the momentum by presenting his audience with a thoughtful collection of songs that are as pretty as they are catchy. The songs are all easily relatable stories, drawing the listener in and keeping their attention through a delivery that is both powerful and moving. The intimate guitar playing and clean tone of Jesse’s voice make the album an enjoyable listen all the way through. Haunting piano parts and atmospheric string ensembles give the songs a life of their own and Jesse’s lyrical abilities transport the listener right into the thick of the stories, making them feel as though they are part of the album itself. I’m excited about this record and I see big things in the future for Jesse Terry.”

“If he continues to make albums like this, Jesse Terry should find himself esconced in the forefront of Americana, where themes realistic and romantic hold sway. The equal weight given to his acoustic guitar and electric ("Devil Will Dance") exemplify that approach, and shore up a strong debut.”

Rick Allen - Vintage Guitar Magazine - Vintage Guitar Magazine

"A singer-songwriter from Connecticut, Terry writes personal songs that draw on '70s road warriors like James Taylor and Jackson Browne. Like them, he blends folk and soft-rock textures into his songs, with pedal steel bringing a touch of country. But he's not in Nashville to seek fortune on the country charts. Instead, like forebears John Prine and Mark Germino and recent risers Mindy Smith and Jeremy Lister, Terry is a pop-folk troubador whose style suits the coffeehouse rather than the Grand Ole Opry. A Berklee School of Music Grad, he brings a sophisticated melodic touch to his tender musings about love and finding his place in the world on his first album.

Michael McCall - Nashville Scene

“This is honestly some of the best country music i’ve heard in awhile. The three songs you’ll hear here are the epitome of showing diversity in style, pristine musicianship, and excellent songwriting while still staying true to country roots. “The Runner” sounds like The Eagles if they had originated about a 1000 miles east of Colorado, “Pray It’s not the Delta” is country through and through, and “Lay Your Hands On Me” brings soul into a music genre that often should be the most soulful but unfortunately isn’t. Jesse wraps all of this in a voice that is actually…well…good. That’s hard to come by in country music. There is no affectation in the southern lilt. It’s honest and effortless. Unlike the Chesney’s and Atkin’s of the country world, he doesn’t hide a bad voice with a ridiculous twangy delivery. This is real.”

“Jesse Terry has a great voice and he knows how to use it, even if you're not a huge fan of Country music, his debut album "The runner" is easy to love because it's filled with heartfelt songs that are both timeless and enchanting. It's easy to get carried away while listening to this album, Jesse truly sings from his heart and it feels like he's singing to me. This Nashville based singer/songwriter is influenced by artists like Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams, Neil Young etc. I love his mix of Americana, country and folkrock - imagine Don Henley collaborating with Bruce Hornsby writing songs for Vince Gill and you get an idea of how "The Runner" sounds like. There are also moments when I think Jesse is Americas answer to Sweden's Stefan Andersson, you might remember his 1992 hit "Catch the moon". Listen to "Ghost town" which bring thoughts to Stefan Andersson a lot, another cool thing is that The Click Five's bassist Ethan Mentzer has produced this album. Highly recommendable!”

“Let’s start with the basics: He’s a singer-songwriter in Nashville by way of Connecticut. Call him folk, alt-country, Americana – just know that his music is good great. He writes intelligent songs that are thankfully devoid of any of that ludicrous “Look girls! I’m sensitive!” posturing. From the introspective title track through the bluesy swagger of “Lay Your Hands on Me” and the lush imagery of “Sedona,” The Runner is a top-notch record from beginning to end. If any of this sounds vaguely appealing, just listen to the music. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Looking for free downloads? Check out the EPK. However, it would be even better if you hop over to Amazon, iTunes, Digstation, or CDBaby, and plunk down some cash. The record is well worth your money.”

“After winning The Singer/Songwriter Awards in the last quarter of 2008, Jesse Terry opted to work with We Are Listening’s accredited music supervisor and founder of Tinderbox Music, Jon Delange, as his prize package. With only ten copies of Jesse’s latest release, “The Runner”, Jon secured no less than nine network-sized television placement licenses on Jesse’s behalf, including MTV (Road Rules, The Real World, Road Rules Challenge, The Hills, The City, Human Giant, My Super Sweet Sixteen, Teen Cribs, Parental Control); E Network (Keeping Up With the Kardashians); and Oxygen Network (Bad Girls Club). The relative ease in which Jon placed “The Runner” is a reflection of Jesse’s adaptive songwriting style and compatibility with today’s leading pop-culture entertainment. “Just got news that nine TV shows (including The Hills and The City) are interested in using music from my record. I am holding the licenses in my hand!! I feel like things are really starting to lin”

“Check out Devil Will Dance by Nashville’s Jesse Terry who has quickly become a KOAR favorite. Jesse just released his debut album “The Runner” which was produced by The Click Five’s bassist Ethan Mentzer. His parents infused his childhood with music and art, and exposed him to the likes of Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and the Beatles. At a young age he studied with two well-known painters, both of whom encouraged him to enter art school, instead, he focused solely on music. Jesse has won a laundry list of songwriter awards and his Americana style is influenced by ’70’s pop, giving him an accessible sound that is different than everything coming out of Nashville today. Next show: Jun 11th at Third and Lindsley in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information contact jbeiter@zahlaw.com.”

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