Peak Records and the Concord Music Group signed new artist, saxophonist Jessy J to their impressive roster of clients including Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Paul Brown and many others. A member of Paul Brown’s live band, Jessy J and Paul Brown made the decision to collaborate together on her project about a year ago. “I was playing in Paul’s band and after our first show he agreed to produce some tracks for me”, said Jessy J. “I was so excited to work with such an amazing producer.”
Although Jessy J first appeared on the smooth jazz scene as a member Paul Brown’s band, she has been working in the jazz and pop genres for quite a while. Jessy J has shared the stage with the likes of Jessica Simpson, Michael Buble, the Temptations, Burt Bacharach and she is currently playing sax and singing backup for Michael Bolton.
After Jessy J performed in front of record executives with Paul Brown at his CD release party in Long Beach earlier this year, people took notice. “This project definitely contains my blood, sweat, and tears. The realization of this project is like a dream come true,” said Jessy J. Another one of Jessy’s childhood dreams came true this past March when she was asked to perform alongside Paquito D’ Rivera at Carnegie Hall in a concert featuring “Tomorrow’s Star Musicians.” “I loved every minute of it,” she said.
Jessy J’s Peak debut album, Tequila Moon, will include original material and a few covers. “I was fortunate to work with an amazing team of musicians and writers. Donald Hayes wrote a beautiful song for me called, “Spanish Nights” and Kiki Ebsen wrote the magical “Turquoise Street,” said Jessy J.
Some of Jessy J’s original songs are “Tequila Moon,” “Sin Ti-With Out You,” “Fiesta Velada,” “Running Away,” and “PB n J.” Jessy J and Paul Brown collaborated on all the original material giving it that famous “Midas Touch” from the “Babyface of Smooth Jazz.”
“Working with Paul Brown was fantastic, he really knows how to create a comfortable working environment in the studio, and most of the recordings were cut live with the entire band in the studio. That definitely makes this project special to me,” said Jessy J.
Cover songs on Tequila Moon include “Song For You,” “Poetry Man,” “Beasame Mucho,” and “Mais Que Nada,” with the later two as vocals.
Recording the album was a bit of a musical homecoming for this young lion. Jessy J grew up speaking Spanish and was always entranced by the Samba rhythms of her Mexican-American childhood. “These songs really represent who I am as an artist. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity and I am very thankful to my family and friends for their support. I hope you enjoythe album,” she said.