Thursday, 10 March 2016

Jess and the Bandits want to “Kiss You Now”

Jess and the Bandits tease their upcoming Country2Country
performance with new single Kiss You Now
Jess and the Bandits reveal HERE WE GO AGAIN deluxe edition
Headline Tour in April/ May

she owns the most powerful voice this side of Adele.' (Daily Mail)
'with the greatest respect to Glen Campbell, that was the most fabulous version I have ever heard.' (Terry Wogan on 'Wichita Lineman')

'Like Shania at her trashiest or a whiskey-drunk Kelly Clarkson, these songs have the swagger of bad women and even worse men.' (Gay Times)

Jess and the Bandits (1/5 Texan and 4/5 British) tease their upcoming Country2Country performance with new single “Kiss You Now” (Release Date: 8 April 2016)

A Deluxe edition of their debut album HERE WE GO AGAIN is coming soon. 
Official Release date April 1, 2016!

Label: After Midnight Girl Entertainment LLC  17 tracks | Total Time: 55:36
Available for PRE-ORDER: Amazon UK | UK iTunes |

Of the release the band say;
We are so excited for the release of the deluxe edition of our current album, ‘Here We Go Again'. We decided rather than releasing an EP of new songs, to add 4 new tracks * onto our current album to create a deluxe edition. People are still discovering Jess And The Bandits and not only will they get a taste of where we started but they will get an idea of where we are going. Current fans will be treated to some great songs that we know they’ll love and we can’t wait to hear everyone singing along on our ‘We Are Tonight’ Tour in April and May!

1. Ready Set  2. Love Like That 3. You Can't Stop Me 4. Wanted Man 5. Nitty Gritty
6. If You Can't Be Mine 7. What If 8. My Name Is Trouble 9. Drunk On Me10. Getting Into Something
11. Here We Go Again 12. Single Tonight 13. Wichita Lineman
14. Kiss You Now * 15. We Are Tonight * 16. I Don't Dance * 17. Here's To Us *

Kiss You Now - It’s a bit of a different feel from the rest of the album but we hope that our current fans will love it as much as we do. It’s a song about a girl taking the “bull by the horns’, as they say in Texas, and making the first move with the guy she wants. Full of fun and sass, it’s the type of song we love to perform! You even get a chance to hear Louis showing off his fantastic voice on this one!  

Scroll down for the lyrics and kindly take a listen to the song

We Are Tonight - Many country fans will recognize this song from either one of the writers, Sam Hunt or from Billy Currington. This has always been a favorite song of Jess' but many of my team had never heard it before. We all agreed that releasing it in the UK would be a great idea so we decided to cover it and give it a slightly different feel, especially since now it’s being fronted by a woman! A vibrant party song, this has Jess and the Bandits written all over it! It is the song that makes you want to dance and chant along.
I Don’t Dance - This song came to us by complete accident. While in Nashville we decided to record a cover of Lee Brice’s ‘I Don’t Dance’. Not expecting to actually fall in love with it! We turned it into a duet and our keys player, Steve, lends his flawless vocals which perfectly compliment Jess’ venerable vocal performance. A part of her voice that many fans have never heard before. We think this song will be an absolute treat for the listeners!

Here’s To Us - From the ladies that brought you ‘Nitty Gritty’, this one is a co-write between Jess, Emily Shackelton, Victoria Banks and Lindsey Lee. When writing this song every other story on the news that morning was about turmoil around the world. We wanted to write a song that addressed the stress of everything happening around us, the pressures of our own lives but finding a way through it. Finding a way to smile and have fun through the pain. To gain strength in everything you do no matter what life throws at you!

The 13 track 42-minute standard album dropped April 6, 2015 (After Midnight Girl Entertainment LLC)
Their single “You Can't Stop Me” was added to the BBC Radio 2 “C” Playlist for the week commencing Sat 11 April 2015.

After a hugely successful 2015 on both sides of the Atlantic, Jess And The Bandits are ready to get the party started in 2016.

Having completed a number of tours and festivals, wowing the crowds from LA to London, and with their debut album Here We Go Again having reached No. 6 on the Official UK Country Charts (chart dated April 18, 2015), Jess and the Bandits returned to the recording studio in January to work on new material for their upcoming sophomore album.

However, with their second headline tour kicking off in April 2016, the band are set to treat their fans to new material without the wait. With a deluxe edition of HERE WE GO AGAIN to be released on March 11, to coincide with their Country2Country performance, the band will be heading up the release with the irrepressible Kiss You Now.

Kiss You Now was debuted by the band at their first show on 2016 at The Soup Kitchen in Manchester.
The addictive, upbeat number proved an instant hit, with the crowd going crazy and the chorus provoking an instant sing along.

Of the release Jess Clemmons, the band’s vocalist and the face of high street fashion brand Evans, said:
We are thrilled to include 'Kiss You Now' on the deluxe edition of our album ‘Here We Go Again’. There are times when some of the writers we work with submit songs to us that they think will be great for Jess and the Bandits. This happened to be one of those times. Jeff Cohen, who co-wrote and produced many songs on our album, sent us ‘Kiss You Now” written by himself and Liz Longley. We immediately fell in love with it and knew we had to record it. It’s a bit of a different feel from the rest of the album but we hope that our current fans will love it as much as we do and it will be a great introduction to us for new fans as well. It’s a song about a girl taking the “bull by the horns’, as we say in Texas, and making the first move with the guy she wants. Full of fun and sass, it’s the type of song we love to perform! You even get a chance to hear Louis [Riccardi] showing off his fantastic voice on this one!

About the Kiss You Now Songwriters:
BMI songwriter Jeff Cohen has worked with everybody from Big & Rich (“Holy Water”), Sugarland (“Take Me as I Am” with Jennifer Nettles) and The Band Perry (“Postcard from Paris”) to Ilse DeLange (“Beautiful Distraction”) Macy Gray and Mandy Moore (“Top Of The World”). He has seven co-writes on Kristian Bush’s Southern Gravity album and co-wrote 4 cuts (“God Did Good”, “When These Wheels Hit Tennessee”, “Hold on Lover” and “Sugar”) on Dianna Corcoran’s new album In America.

Liz Longley won three songwriting competitions: the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards, and the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. She also recorded her sophomore effort, Hot Loose Wire, that featured two of her award-winning songs, as well as a cover of Van Morrison's "Moondance," which was picked up by Sirius XM programming executives for regular rotation. Longley's reputation spread fast and she moved between Boston and New York. She began opening shows for a wide range of artists including Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Nanci Griffith, and Amos Lee, and began accepting writing assignments for television and cinema. On March 17, 2015 she released a self-titled album (Welk; Amazon - Spotify)

The band shared the song on their Facebook Page

Our Verdict:
The single, is fun and instantly super catchy with its infectious ear-candy hooks. This bouncy light-hearted number sounds like a perfect contender for another Radio 2 playlisting.
Jess’ faultless vocal draws you in on this funky work out and with the addition of Louis Riccardi’s fab vocal it brings to mind Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley. To my ears it’s sheer musical joy enhanced by the slick production – LOVE IT! (9/10)

Get yer lips round Jess and the Bandits new single "Kiss You Now" [Official Audio]
Listen here:
The brand new single from Jess and the Bandits, out April 8, 2016.

Kiss You Now Lyrics (writers Jeff Cohen and Liz Longley)

Oh you’re reaching for a reason
To hold back what your feeling
I know you want to make a move but you think too much (giggles)
So there's no misunderstanding
Where your lips should be landing
Watch me make it easy for the both of us

I’m gonna kiss you now
Like you’ve never been kissed
Wrap your arms around my hips
I wanna make your heart race while the world slows down
And you’re gonna kiss me back
Let down your guard
As the lights applaud on the boulevard
Go on, steal my heart while world spins round
I’m gonna kiss you now
Now Now 
I’m Gonna kiss you, now

Oh it's always been unspoken
All these paralyzed emotions
I think you thought we oughta not complicate it
But I welcome complications
So I'll stop the conversation
Yeah I bet you never thought you'd hear me say this

I'm gonna kiss you now,
Now, now...
I'm gonna kiss you, now, now, now..

Oh ain't it time we crossed the line
We can't regret, we can't rewind

Male vocal (Louis Riccardi)
I'm gonna kiss you, now
Like you've never been kissed
Wrap your arms around my hips
So make your heart race, while the world slows down
I'm gonna kiss you now, like you've never been kissed
Wrap your arms around my hips
I'm gonna make your heart race, while the world slows down
Your gonna kiss me now
Let down your guard
As the lights applaud on the boulevard
Go on, steal my heart while world spins round

I'm gonna kiss you now
Now, no
I'm gonna kiss you, I'm gonna kiss, I'm gonna kiss you now
Oh, Oh, Oh...Oh, Oh, Oh

Watch Jess and the Bandits perform 'Getting Into Something' - Live at RAK Studios.

The lovely Jess attended the UK Plus Fashion Week during 2015. 
She certainly rocks some amazing curves!
Here Jessica Clemmons models this lovely lace Scarlett & Jo Lace Panelled inset bodice 40’s inspired midi dress (Product Detail)

With Feb 20/21 performance at Little Rabbit Barn having become the venue’s fastest ever selling event, Jess and the Bandits are currently on countdown to their tour in April.
Country2Country announce Jess and the Bandits will open this year's pop-up stages with a performance at Brooklyn Bowl. 
Day One Friday 11 March 2016 | Time: 16:00-16:45
They have also been invited by Bob Harris to perform on the inaugural Under The Apple Tree Stage on Saturday 12 March at 12.40pm (Building Six).
Access to Brooklyn Bowl and Building Six will be subject to capacity. Main Arena tickets should be shown on entry.
Non ticket holders are also able to access these stages (again subject to capacity) with a Festival Wristband which can be purchased for £10 from The O2 box office which is open from midday on Friday 11th March.

Friday 11th March at the Brooklyn Bowl London - 4pm
Sat March 12, 2016 12:40 pm – 1:10 pm WHERE: Building Six at The O2 Peninsula Square: London SE10 MAP
Previous 2016 dates:
12th February 2016 - Soup Kitchen, Manchester (31-33 Spear St, Manchester M1 1DF)
Sat 27th Feb 2016 - Little Rabbit Barn, Ardleigh (with Honey Ryder & Lisa Wright)

Headline Tour *:

Weds 27th April 2016 - Fruit, Hull (Humber Lane, Hull HU12 0PJ) * £13.20 Event
Thurs 28th April 2016 - The Oobleck, Birmingham Event (The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AA) *
Fri 29th April 2016 - Bush Hall, London (310 Uxbridge Road, W12 7LJ London) £16.87 Event *
Sun 1st May 2016 - The Sage, Gateshead Event Venue: Sage Two Tickets: £14 *
Mon 2nd May 2016 - Electric Circus, Edinburgh (36 - 39 Market Street, EH11DF Edinburgh) £12.37 Event *
Thurs 5th May 2016 – Talking Heads, Southampton (320 Portswood Rd, SO17 2TD) Event w Luke & Mel
Sat 7th May 2016 - Waterfront Studio, Norwich *
Sat 18th June 2016 - Towerfest, Durham

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