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Official Press Release For Upcoming Record (and a bit about my whole life)

Apr 12 | Posted by: Jesse Terry


After compiling a batch of songs that he was happy with for his second album, Jesse Terry decided that he wanted to create an album that showcased his singer/songwriter vibe without putting too many bells and whistles on top of the guitar and vocal.  So he enlisted acclaimed Nashville producer/engineer Neilson Hubbard(Kim Richey, Glen Phillips, Matthew Perryman Jones, Amy Speace), who brought the material to life and shared Terry’s vision of “less is more.”  The result of their work together is Empty Seat on a Plane, set for release July 10 (with an official CD release party set for July 11 at Rockwood Music Hall), and the songs on the new album reflect not just Terry’s life experiences, but also an artist that has become seasoned through relentless touring.

As for those life experiences, Terry had the opportunity a couple of years ago to literally discover the world and as a result his life was changed forever—for the better.  He toured Australia and the South Pacific and met the love of his life along the way.  When he returned to the states, Terry moved from Nashville and took a departure from co-writing, as a flood of feelings and real-life adventures helped to shape a wealth of new material.  “It’s easier for me to speak my truth when I’m writing by myself and experiencing that solitary process,” said Terry.

In the summer of 2010, Jesse and his bride-to-be put their possessions in a storage unit, and hit the road for a U.S. tour that covered the majority of the country and lasted eight straight months.  Most of the songs on the new record were written during that period of time on the road. “I really got back to my roots and fell back in love with the troubadour/storyteller vibe,” he said.  “It’s what I was raised on and where my biggest influences are.  I think touring solo acoustic has made me a better performer and songwriter.  It’s allowed me to connect more directly to my audience and become closer to them, which has always been the most important thing to me.”

As a result, Empty Seat on a Plane is far more stripped down and sparse then Terry’s 2009 debut, The Runner.  Listeners will notice some classic influences on this album that have helped shape Terry’s music—ranging from James Taylor to Ryan Adams to Jackson Browne to Paul Simon—all being channeled through someone who has developed his own modern singer/songwriter sound.  To fund and record Empty Seat on a Plane, Terry launched a Pledge Music campaign, and raised over $12,000 through his growing fan base.  “I’m so amazed and grateful for that, I can’t even tell you,” Terry admitted.

Of course, part of the reason Terry has gained such a rabid, loyal fan base is due to his exposure from winning competitions and performing at nationally recognized festivals and conferences.  Among them, Terry has won Grand Prize in several international songwriting competitions, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the CMT/NSAI Songwriting Competition, the Ourstage.com Finals (Double Grand Prize Winner February 2012) and the We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter awards. He also is a regular at some of the finest listening rooms in the country, including The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville), Club Passim (Boston), Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), and The Bitter End (NYC). He has performed in Bluebird Cafe rounds with songwriting luminaries such as Craig Carothers and Steve Seskin and has shared festival stages with the likes of Mat Kearney, Dar Williams and Shawn Mullins. Terry performed for the US and NATO troops at Thule Air Base, Greenland in 2011.  In addition, songs from The Runner, were licensed to nine major television shows including MTV’s “The Hills” and “The City.”

Terry is honored to be officially endorsed by Stonebridge Guitars International, a hand-made boutique guitar line from the heart of Europe. He joins the ranks of world-class artists such as Hall of Famer Thom Bresh, Richard Smith, Eddie Ferris (Ricky Skaggs) and Jon Conley (Kenny Chesney).  In addition, Terry is also now endorsed by L.R. Baggs guitar pickups.

For more information, please visit www.jesseterrymusic.com

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