Jes Hudak

Jes Hudak

 Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
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Jes Hudak is a piano-playing singer/songwriter from Saratoga Springs, NY. Since releasing an album of original music at 14, Jes has toured w/ Enrique Iglesias as a backup singer, placed 2nd on Bravo's "Platinum Hit," & her performance of the song "Different Worlds" has gone gold in Australia.

Biography

Up until now, Jes Hudak was perhaps best known for her formidable songwriting and live performances on Bravo’s reality show, Platinum Hit, where she placed second out of thousands of contestants from all over the country. But now, with Bravo in her rear view mirror, Jes has found a brand new audience on the other side of the world. After being featured heavily in the promotional campaign for “The Voice,” Australia, Jes’s performance of the song “Different Worlds” made its way up the Australian pop charts, achieving gold status.

The result has been a whirlwind of attention from fans down under, propelling Jes’s version of “Different Worlds” to the Number 6 spot on the Australian iTunes chart, and it has been featured in commercials for Home & Away and Tricky Business, both prime time TV shows in Australia. The groundswell of fans and attention from the music industry has led to the release of Jes Hudak’s deluxe full-length album, “Different Worlds,” available exclusively in Australia.

Like most careers in music, Jes’s has been one marked by unpredictable twists and turns, but from a very young age the upstate New York native knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life. She started playing piano at the age of 8. By 13 she was performing songs she had written at Caffe Lena’s Open Mic Night in Saratoga Springs, NY. After being discovered by an artist-in-residence at Skidmore College who had a recording studio, she recorded her first collection of songs and self-released her first album. She was in the ninth grade.

“My Dad would drive me out to the studio after school and then I’d have to be back in time to get my homework done,” she says.

Since then, Jes has recorded, produced and self-released two albums, performed on the same stage as such prominent artists such as Maroon 5, Gavin DeGraw, Howie Day, Tonic and Five for Fighting, and toured with Enrique Iglesias as the sole female backup singer for the Central American leg of his Insomniac 2008 tour. She’s sung the National Anthem at Giants Stadium and has performed in a national Pantene commercial.

In 2010 she performed at Lilith Fair in Los Angeles, after winning the SoCal Lilith Fair Contest on Ourstage. She was also named ISSA’s Singer/Songwriter of the Year 2009, and won Pop Single of the Year 2009 at the LA Music Awards for her original song “Another Day.”

Her last official US release, National Holiday, comprised of five self-penned tracks, showcases both her songwriting prowess and her considerable performance chops. The EP’s title track, National Holiday, won the Billboard World Song Contest in Pop, and her music video for “No One In The World,” another track on the EP, was selected as AOL’s Featured Music Video.

When she wasn’t playing gigs at Hollywood’s Hotel Café and NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall and other venues in between, Jes got the opportunity to try out for “Platinum Hit.”

Bravo's “Platinum Hit” showcased emerging singer-songwriters on their quest to become the next big hitmaker. The series followed 12 musicians as they battled through innovative songwriting challenges that tested their creativity, patience and drive.

“It was a very intense experience and it helped me to understand how much I could handle in that kind of environment,” says Jes about her experience on the show. “Getting the chance to get in front of somebody like (Head Judge) Kara DioGuardi who’s such a heavy hitter as a songwriter, and get direct feedback from her was invaluable. There’s no way I’m going to let anything I learned on that show go to waste.”

The show has had a profound effect on Jes so far. “My writing process is completely different now,” she says. “I used to be very precise and not edit, writing one line at a time. My notebooks looked really neat. Now I do free-writing, stream-of-consciousness, until I get to the good stuff. And I’m not afraid to edit!”

Jes loves using her songwriting and performance skills to collaborate, having released tracks with rappers Freddie Gibbs, Wax, and Gotham Green. She also fronts the electronica/soul duo “Bang, You're Dead” with DJ/producer Quickie Mart.

This fall, Jes will be releasing a self-produced full-length solo album, as well as a full-length album as Bang, You’re Dead. She is also producing a hip-hop EP with New Orleans rapper/artist Know One. And with regular videos posted on youtube and daily twitter buzz, it’s easy to keep up with all of Jes’s latest happenings. Enjoy the music!

Lyrics

Break Up Song

Written By: Jes Hudak/Teddy Goldstein

v1:
I can't tell you how to love me, I can't tell you if you don't see,
You say you understand but I don't think you really,
Know who I am and what I need.

chorus:
Don't give me those eyes, it's hard enough just saying goodbye.
You would let me stop my world for you, but that is something I'm just not,
Ever gonna do.

v2:
I still love you though I'm leaving, I still want you though I'm pleading,
Please let me take my hand and I think that you'll see,
Someday this was not all that easy.

chorus:
Don't give me those eyes, it's hard enough just saying goodbye.
You would let me stop my world for you, but that is something I'm just not,
Ever gonna do.

bridge:
'Cause I can't stay in one place for too long,
I gotta keep moving on.

chorus:
Don't give me those eyes, it's hard enough just saying goodbye.
You would let me stop my world for you, but that is something I'm just not,
Ever gonna do.
Don't give me those eyes, it's hard enough just saying goodbye.
You would let me stop my world for you, but that is something I'm just not,
Ever gonna do.

Another Day

Written By: Jes Hudak

Verse 1:
Waiting, fading, falling from my life.
You leave me, don't need me, how will I survive?
But I don't need anything 'cause I got my dream,
And I believe there is nothing we can't be.

Chorus:
There's so much more to this life,
Sometimes it takes some time to get it right,
But I will not give up the fight,
Why won't you come along fight by my side.
And you will live in the light that my love has to give.
No one can take that away,
And so we live to see another day.

Verse 2:
Reach out, find out you're not alone.
The spirit, don't fear it, let it bring you home.
And you will see that all you need is love and a dream.
And I believe there is nothing you can't be.

Bridge:
I may bend but I will never break.
There's no end to how much I can take.
Come with me, no need for you to wait.
Life starts now and you don't wanna be late...just gotta make it through another day.
And then you know you're gonna be okay.

National Holiday

Written By: Jes Hudak

v1:
There is a reason why we've come into each others' lives,
When something is meant to be no one can deny it, you or me.
And if I could find a way to show it to the world what I already know is true,
That you...

chorus:
You're a national holiday,
I can only hope by my side you'll stay,
'Cause you are the reason why I believe love is still alive.
When you kissed my face and you held my hand,
I knew I'd never be the same again.
You're a national holiday,
Today and everyday.

v2:
Every day that goes by,
Can't believe how lucky am I,
Just to be close to you,
Is like a dream finally coming true.
And if I could find a way to show it to the world what I already know is true,
That you...

chorus

bridge:
Oh no, here comes the parade,
All because one day you were made into a national holiday...

chorus

No One In The World

Written By: Jes Hudak

v1:
I wanna kiss you, I wanna touch you, I wanna hold you close to me.
I wanna make you, I wanna shake you, I wanna take you incomplete.
So let's go now, let's go now, we don't have time to waste,
And I want more than just a little taste.

chorus:
'Cause you feel so good, you do what no one ever could,
And I will wait for you, just like I always do,
'Cause there's no one in the world, no one in the world,
No one in the world like you.

v2:
You do something, you do one thing, you do everything to me,
And you never waver in your flavor, I wanna savor every piece,
But don't go now, don't go now, we've only begun,
And I want more than just a little fun.

chorus:
'Cause you feel so good, you do what no one ever could,
And I will wait for you, just like I always do,
'Cause there's no one in the world, no one in the world,
No one in the world like you.

bridge:
I never knew it could be this good.
I'm feeling things I didn't know I could.
So thank you, thank you, thank you so much,
For giving me the gift of your perfect touch.

chorus:
'Cause you feel so good, you do what no one ever could,
And I will wait for you, just like I always do,
'Cause there's no one in the world, no one in the world,
No one in the world like you
Feel so good, you do what no one ever could,
And I will wait for you, just like I always do,
'Cause there's no one in the world, no one in the world,
There's no one in the world who can do what you do.

All Mine

Written By: Jes Hudak

Verse 1:
The first time my feet hit your street,
How was I supposed to know,
That you would be all that I need.

Chorus:
I know that I'm not the only one who loves you,
But I don't mind, I don't mind.
And I walk your way almost every day
And every time I smile, I smile.
You don't have to say a word,
'Cause I know what my heart heard,
That you're, you're all mine,
You're all mine.

Verse 2:
I love you so because I know,
You will be waiting for me,
Even if I never show.

Chorus

Bridge:
Street lights show me the way,
Will I get to see you today?
I always feel this pang of pain,
When I have to head home on the train...oh no!

Chorus:
I know that I'm not the only one who loves you,
But I don't care, I don't care.
'Cause no matter where I go in this world,
I know you'll always be there, you'll be there.
You don't even have to speak,
'Cause it's written in these streets,
That you're, you're all mine,
You're all mine.

Discography

1997: In There Somewhere - out of print
2002: Tiny Dream - out of print
2010: National Holiday - available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and CDBaby
2010: Haze Diaries vol. 3 by Gotham Green and Quickie Mart - wrote/performed on 4 tracks
2011: Eviction Notice mixtape by Wax - wrote/performed on 2 tracks
2012: Bang, You're Dead - Alive (single) - available on Beatport and iTunes
2012: Different Worlds (single) - available on iTunes

Set List

Typical set, 40-45mins:

1. Feeling Good (Nina Simone cover)
2. No One in the World
3. Another Day
4. All Mine
5. Little Wonder
6. Crazy in Love (Beyonce cover)
7. Break Up Song
8. Pretending to Live
9. Just the Girl
10. Bang Bang (Nancy Sinatra cover)
11. Life Come True
12. National Holiday