“I PULLED NO PUNCHES ON THIS ALBUM,”
Jess Klein says of her new album Learning Faith. “It’s edgy and brutal, but it was inspired by a genuine love for this world.”
Over a career that spans more than a decade and a half and has won her a devoted worldwide fan base, Klein—who possesses what Mojo magazine calls “one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to” and a knack for writing songs that the Cape Cod Times has described as “fully realized, finely observed and deeply felt”—has pursued a remarkable creative evolution that’s seen her dig ever deeper for resonant emotional insights, while continuing to refine her eloquently melodic, effortlessly accessible songcraft. As the New York Times noted, Klein is an artist who “has country roots, but who pushes her songs toward philosophical thoughts.”
Learning Faith—which marks Klein’s third collaboration with veteran producer Mark “Professor Feathers” Addison—boasts ten personally-charged new originals that rank with her most compelling and illuminating work. Such bracing tunes as “Surrender,” “So Fucking Cool,” “Wish,” “Long Way Down” and “If There’s A God” (which she was inspired to write after protesting in support of State Senator Wendy Davis’ pro-choice 2013 filibuster at the Texas state capitol building) embody the complementary mix of personal fearlessness and musical craftsmanship that define Klein’s music.
“It felt a little different this time,” the artist notes. “It was the first time that I ever went into a record really feeling that I’d paid my dues, and that now I’m just gonna do and say whatever I want. I finally feel like I really don’t care what anybody thinks. That felt huge, and it felt really empowering. I felt comfortable going as dark as I could, and not feeling like I had to pull back from that.
“It’s also the first time I’ve started a record with a concept and tried to follow it through,” she explains. “After I wrote the song ‘Learning Faith,’ that started me thinking about writing a whole album of songs about the process of developing faith—faith in people, faith in the universe, faith in a higher power.
I WANTED EACH SONG TO BE ABOUT SOME KIND OF STRUGGLE WITH FAITH, AND ASKING WHAT FAITH REALLY MEANS TO ME.”
From Philadelphia with a New York City heart
Started playing drums at 14; Started writing songs after 1st love affair/heartbreak
Capricorn (Christmas baby)
If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be a journalist, chasing artists and activists around the world
Fav part of being in a band: going to rehearsal after a long, shitty day & the music makes everything right again. Being onstage. Feeling like I get to stay a kid.