‘I’m Not Going Home’ is for everyone who has ever been told they are not good enough.”
FOR FANS OF: LADY ANTEBELLUM, THE SHIRES .
Jess & The Bandits proved with their critically acclaimed debut album, Here We Go Again, that they were a musical force to be reckoned with. Boasting a rock country sound delivered with raw and real grit and an infectious pop punch, the band have enjoyed the loyal support of BBC Radio and TV. While they last toured the UK at the end of a riotous festival season in 2016, the quintet finally return with Smoke and Mirrors – the long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s #6 Official Country Chart charting Here We Go Again.
With lead vocalist Jess the happiest she has ever been, the writing process for upcoming album Smoke & Mirrors saw her in a very different frame of mind to those for the band’s debut. Having been swept off her feet by her Prince Charming, photographer Chris Peavey, Jess is radiating happiness following her engagement earlier this year. With her personal and professional life going from strength to strength, Jess impressively battles with the serious hormone condition, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. PCOS can lead to weight gain, excessive body hair, acne and reproductive problems as your ovaries become prone to cysts. With the condition often undetected, 1 in 5 women, including Victoria Beckham and Jools Oliver, suffer without the realisation that they have the condition. Despite battling PCOS for many years, the feisty songstress has always been a strong believer in loving who you are, which lead to her following in the footsteps of Chaka Khan and Beth Ditto to become the first country star to be brand ambassador for a UK high street fashion store, when she teamed up with Evans.
Jess & The Bandits have a busy summer of festivals ahead, and will also be heading out on a headline tour in September to coincide with the release of Smoke & Mirrors, which boasts the rock country edge of their debut while channelling a raw, real Gospel attitude. Of Smoke & Mirrors, Jess says; “I am so excited about this album. I wanted to make sure that the sound grew and developed, Experimenting a little even. Gospel music is so close to my heart that I knew I needed to bring those elements into this new record. Smoke & Mirrors is a labour of love. A collection of songs that will take the listener on a journey.” Having already teased fans with the instant grat. Kings of Summer, the band are excited to reveal the country stomp I’m Not Going Home, which is an anthem for the underdog. “This song is for those with a dream that despite rejection, never let it phase them and keep on pushing forward.”
After overcoming many changes throughout her life, from bullying to illness, Jess continues to the ray of light that her fans got to know and love of Here We Go Again, and don’t worry as you will find out her name still is trouble…
19th Aug – Nashville Nights
27 Augus – Cottingham Folk Festival
Tue 12 Sep – Glasgow, King Tuts
Wed 13 Sep – Gateshead, Sage 2
Thu 14 Sep – Cambridge, The Junction
Fri 15 Sep – London, The Borderline
Wed 20 Sep – Norwich, Waterfront Studio
Thu 21 Sep – Bristol, The Tunnels
Fri 22 Sep – Manchester, Gullivers
Sat 24 Sep – Southampton, Talking Heads