Winners of Best Group & Best Entertainer at British Country Music Awards
Deluxe edition of debut album Here We Go Again out now.
Live on BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday (30 Oct 2016):
When she agreed to open for Boyzone on their BZ20 tour at the close of 2013, Texan singer Jess Clemmons didn’t realise she was about to embark on the tour that would start the next chapter of her career. Taking her new EP, What If, on the road, she bonded with her backing band and by the end of the tour knew that her music career was not going to be continued as a solo artist. Jess and the Bandits was born.
In January 2014, her single Single Tonight broke onto the to BBC Radio 2 playlist and Jess found herself a loyal, dedicated fan in Sir Terry Wogan, who invited her in for her first Radio 2 session. Covering Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman, her rich vocal prompted Sir Terry to state, ‘that was the most fabulous song that I’ve ever heard’.
Taking time to focus on writing and recording the band’s debut album, HERE WE GO AGAIN, Jess focused her efforts on her regular column for Female First. When the band returned in September 2014 with the single My Name Is Trouble, The Daily Mail praised her as ‘the most powerful voice this side of Adele.’
By the launch of HERE WE GO AGAIN in April 2015, the band had sold out their debut headline show at Little Rabbit Barn and blown the audiences away at Country2Country. The album stormed to #6 in the Official Country Charts. With the album’s lead single You Can’t Stop Me once again on the Radio 2 playlist, Jess had teamed up with Evans to front their #StyleHasNoSize campaign. Recording the music video to Nitty Gritty, the campaign’s official anthem, Jess revelled in following in Beth Ditto and Chaka Khan’s footsteps as an ambassador for the brand.
Jess and the Bandits (1/5 Texan and 4/5 British)
Deluxe edition of their debut album HERE WE GO AGAIN released April 1, 2016!
Label: After Midnight Girl Entertainment LLC 17 tracks | Total Time: 55:36
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!
With appearances at festivals including The Isle of Wight and Cornbury, and appearances on Lorraine, The Wright Stuff and Weekend with Aled Jones boosting her profile. Jess was thrilled to team up with Scarlett and Jo to model their 2015 range, before once again fronting Evans’ 2016 campaign, #IAmMe, alongside Hayley Hasselhoff and Nadia Aboulhosn.
2016 also marked the band’s debut headline tour, another summer of festival appearances and the release of a deluxe edition of their debut album, which once again entered the Official Country Charts Top 20, while The Boot and Spotify championed the band’s single Ready Set.
Huge congratulations to the ridiculously talented & lovely @JesstheBandits for winning 2 awards last night! Thrilled for you see you soon x— Gaby Roslin (@GabyRoslin) 31 October 2016
We are overwhelmed! Massive thanks to the @BCMAwards, @SonnetMusicUK, everyone behind the scenes & our fans for your support! #BCMAawards pic.twitter.com/jEFgwiU18f— Jess and the Bandits (@JesstheBandits) 31 October 2016
This weekend saw Jess invited down to BBC Radio 2 to join Fern Britton for the Faith In The World week beauty special, where she not only spoke about her own take on beauty, but delivered 'wonderful' renditions of True Colors, How Can It be and the band's own Beautiful.
A free download of Beautiful is currently at available at the band's official website.
To finish the weekend, Jess & The Bandits attended the British Country Music Awards and were thrilled to be awarded the Best Group and Best Entertainer Awards.
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