Jess and the Bandits have a new video for you to enjoy this holiday season
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 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.
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.
Last weekend saw Jess invited down to BBC Radio London live at The Jazz Cafe to join Gaby Roslin for a live show which also featured Matt Cardle, Ward Thomas, Jack Savoretti and Ben Forster. Alongside a rendition of their own hit Love Like That, they delivered a beautiful reworking of Jess’ favourite Christmas song, O Holy Night (below)
As a Christmas gift to their fans, Jess & The Bandits have revealed a lyric video to live favourite I Don’t Dance, which featured on the deluxe edition of Here We Go Again is available on iTunes and other digital platforms.