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"JBM's Captivated Crowd"

Chilling out by the bar, eating and grabbing a beer. All very cliché, but the lights get low; my back is turned away from the stage as I eat a chorizo. I grab my beer and turn around. It barely touches my lips when I am stopped by the smooth, mellow and deep sounds of the lead singer.

Intense, eyes closed, fingers trickling down on the guitar, mouth pressed up to the mic, Montreal native Jesse Brian Marchant begins the show and has everyone mesmerized. People begin to get closer, some sit down on the floor by the stage as others are just stunned, fixed to their spots and simply listening and looking. The crowd is proud and damn happy that this local guy is one of our own.

The close and intimate atmosphere of La Sala Rosa was the place for the launch party for JBM’s debut CD, Not Even in July last Tuesday.

JBM started with an education at McGill University in Engineering, switched to Finance and dropped it all a semester before graduation to follow a new path in the Big Apple. Having moved to New York at the age of 19 to fulfil his acting dreams, this was not his first encounter with the arts. Trained since the age of 7 on the guitar, Jesse plays a smattering of instruments—guitar, piano, harmonica, and even the ukulele.

Marchant has maintained clear control over his music and professional appearance since his first days recording and producing music on his laptop in his bedroom. Nothing fancy just him and the music, which is still the same today. For Not Even in July, Marchant teamed up with producer Henry Hirsch, whose credits include Lenny Kravitz and Vanessa Paradis.

Setting up a production house in an old church in Hudson N.Y., the architecture of the church leads to an added level of acoustic sound; his recording studio is a sanctuary away from the city.

Hirsh’s personal statement on his website seems to compliment Marchant’s work ethic and values; where the music reigns in as a collaboration of interests, styles and acoustics. The production of this creative labour slips out confidently as the sounds, beat and rhythm of his songs comes out smoothly but strongly, taking centre stage.

Simple, casual, and unassuming, his clear eyes and intense gaze lock you in. This is translated through his work, focused and intense, and back out to the crowd. There is a deep connection with his music, a part of his soul printed on the very way that he moves with it, an honesty that the crowd appreciates.

Marchant says he doesn’t particularly get a rush nor does he bring out his alter ego like so many other artists when they hit the stage. It is the collaboration of playing with the others in the band that creates a nice energy on stage and as for the crowd, “I like playing for people who listen,� he says.

Writing from his own life, JBM writes what he knows, and it is his truth that comes through in his voice and in the intimacy he shares with his craft, his instruments, his sound.

Marchant’s sound has brought him to L.A., and New York, where there has been an audience at the foot of the stage. He hopes to go on tour in the U.K., leading the life of a musical nomad until he settles down again to put together another album.

For more information about Jesse Brian Marchant go to jbm-music.com. - The Link Newspaper (montreal)

"NPR: All Songs Considered, Second Stage"

NPR.org, February 12, 2009 -

Though Montreal singer-songwriter Jesse B. Marchant reports that he spent little time in church growing up, he both lived and recorded his debut album, Not Even In July in Henry Hirsch's church studio in Hudson, NY, often stepping outside only in the mornings to get breakfast. After living in Los Angeles for much of the song-writing process, taking up residency in a church built in the late 19th century was a nice change of scenery for Marchant, who came to find the social climate in L.A. not to his liking. Not only was the church an amazing setting for its acoustics, Marchant grew to appreciate its peaceful and historical aura.

Marchants sings of his lost love with L.A., and what he calls the city's social climbers, on "Ambitions & War," when he speaks of "clowns who dressed up as snakes to fight for their stake in the town." Indeed, much of Not Even In July has a somber undercurrent. "July on the Sound" recounts a dying friend's last days, and "In a Different Time," the track for which the album takes its name, refers to "sunsets and breezes" that have lost their ability to invoke pleasure. That said, Marchant doesn't consider himself to be overly pessimistic. Hope still finds its way into his beautiful, heartfelt songs.

Though Marchant only recently released his debut album, he also lent his talent to Lovers in a Dangerous Time after the producers from the upcoming film saw him perform in L.A. As a testament to Marchant's talent, the producers thought that his contribution fit so well with the movie that they decided to scrap the previous soundtrack and drafted Marchant to score the entire film


'not even in July' (LP released worldwide January '09)

'Lovers in a Dangerous Time' (Film Soundtrack to be Released March '09)

'In a Different Time' (Single from 'not even in July' playing on Virgin Radio, Montreal, as of January 09)




JBM is the musical project of Montreal born musician Jesse Marchant.

Despite having been classically trained on the guitar from the age of eight, Jesse began his involvement in the arts as an actor, having dropped out of his collegiate studies in business to enroll in acting school in New York City in his late teens. He lived there for four years until his agents and manager strongly urged him to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. He took their advice and soon began to land roles on major television shows.

During his time in LA, Jesse also began writing songs and recording them on his computer at home and soon thereafter, to perform the material live. The haunting nature of his performance and the evocative sounds of his voice and melodies silenced audiences and very soon he began to draw large crowds and a great deal of attention.

In the Spring of 2008, after one of his live shows, he was approached by film producers and asked to become the sole voice and sound of their Hollywood Independent Film 'Lovers in a Dangerous Time' (www.inadangeroustime.com), which is scheduled to appear in many major 2009 film festivals.The film and it's soundtrack feature exclusively JBM's music and his re-make of Bruce Cockburn's 'Lovers in a Dangerous Time' which garnered praise from Bruce himself.
After completion of the soundtrack, Jesse decided to leave Los Angeles to pair up with Henry Hirsch (resident associate producer and recording engineer of Lenny Kravitz, among many others) and record his first studio record in Hirsch's brand new church studio in Hudson, NY (Waterfront Studios). 'not even July' was completed in the Fall of '08 and released in January of '09. The Montreal CD release concert sold out and the record is receiving regular airplay on Montreal's Virgin Radio (mix 96). Plans for a world tour are in the works.

Jesse is currently living in New York.


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