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Jessie Farrell

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | MAJOR

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"#MusicMonday – Jessie Farrell"

I would be lying to you if I said I knew a lot about the country music scene as a whole. I’d be lying even more if I said I knew about the local country music scene in Vancouver. What I do know is what a beautiful voice sounds like. Because of that latter fact I now know about the singer/songwriter Jessie Farrell. Based on Vancouver Island, the lovely songstress was kind enough to sit down with me recently to discuss her latest album Love Letter and what her plans are going forward into 2012.

With her newest album Love Letter Jessie tried a few new things this time around. “Each album holds a special place in my heart, it reminds me of the time I wrote the songs and recorded them. With Love Letter though it has a new meaning to me since I not only co-wrote it like the previous albums but I also got involved and co-produced the entire record.” Seeing an artist grow like that is what fans always hope for. To see & hear the artist you love become more involved in the creative process shows that they are dedicated to making music they will be proud of.

In another change of pace, Jessie also brought in her touring band to record the album. “I really wanted to get the guys involved this time around in the recording process. In the past I just used studio musicians and then the guys in my touring band had to learn the songs on their own. This way I find we were able to learn the songs together and we even managed to capture some of the energy we get on stage when we perform together.” This recording process however came with a few difficulties “I am based on the (Vancouver) Island and the band members are scattered all over the Lower Mainland. Some of them play in other bands, and we have families and so on so it was hard sometimes to find time to record together. But we all put the effort forth, got together and in the end we are all really proud of the record we created together.”

Jessie touched on the fact that it seems like the last few rounds in the studio they were always recording in the spring and summer months. I had to ask if that was because she did the bulk of her writing in the fall and winter “Not really. I am writing year around. My house is filled with notepads with song ideas, or lyrics on them. Like I said I am from the the (Vancouver) Island so I tend to really focus on writing on those ferry trips back and forth. Every so often I take the notes and focus on taking it from a few lyrics or melodies on paper and turning them into a song.”

With any artist in the new landscape of the current “download it for free 98% of the time” music industry, Jessie heads out on tour to grow her fan base. “Do I still get nervous? Well sorta. I have evolved my preparations before the show to a bit of a routine. I find a nice quiet place before going on stage. I do the exact same vocal warm up. I guess I kinda treat it like an athlete does before a game. I visualize how the show is going to go. I also don’t make too many changes to a show when I am on tour. I do still keep a few spaces open to be spontaneous and change it up too though.”

You can learn more about Jessie at the links below and be sure to check her out on Twitter to get all the latest updates from the studio, the road and of course the song writing sessions on BC Ferries. -

"Juno Award winner Jessie Farrell gives birth to baby girl!"

VANCOUVER ISLAND, Dec. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada's country sweetheart Jessie Farrell received an early Christmas gift this year - her daughter, Eloise Bunny May Williams was born on December 3rd. Click here for a Baby Picture!

"The name Eloise came up in conversation with a friend one day and I immediately fell in love with it," says Jessie. "Bunny is a term of endearment from my childhood, being that I was born on Easter. I love how it contrasts with Eloise." Forever dedicated to her other 'baby' - her career as a singer/songwriter, it's no surprise that Jessie worked right up until a few hours before her delivery. She went into labour minutes before she was scheduled to leave for a performance!

In addition to becoming a first time mother this year, Jessie delivered her third and most distinguished country album, Love Letter, which she entirely co-produced and co-wrote with her longtime guitarist, Jesse Tucker. The second single, "Everything to Me," premieres December 27th on CMT Canada.

Country music is often inspired by truth and on Love Letter, through songs like "Sunny Days," "Catch Me," and "Making Ends Meet," Jessie bares her heart and soul. "This is the most intimate album I've ever done," Farrell confesses. "I took pieces of my own little world and inserted them into these songs. On Love Letter, there are a lot of songs about relationships. They're not just about love connections, but all kinds of interactions between people and the challenges that everyone faces in life."

2012 is gearing up to be her biggest and busiest year yet - including touring with her newest backup singer, baby Eloise Bunny May. No stranger to life on the road, Farrell has headlined and shared the stage with the likes of Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith and Johnny Reid.

A true 'mompreneur,' Jessie also juggles a fresh juice/smoothie restaurant in Sidney, BC ( She's even worked with David's Tea to develop her very own flavor blend, "Jessie's Tea"

"I thrive most when I'm managing numerous and different types of challenges, and raising a daughter is by far the biggest project I have ever embarked upon," says Farrell. "I'm so incredibly grateful and excited to become a mother just as I'm about to begin the fullest and most action-packed year of my life."

For more details about Jessie, please visit or follow her here: -

"Jessie Farrell Musical Performance and Interview"

Juno winner and new mom Jessie Farrell is in to play a couple songs and talk about her busy life - Breakfast Televison Edmonton

"Nothing fancy about Jessie Farrell"

I didn't think to ask, but I really hope when country artist Jessie Farrell went off to visit her pugs on Vancouver Island last
weekend, she forwent flying and took the ferry. I'm no expert, but I'd say she could really use the down time.
Talking last week after three weeks of non-stop touring, she was just back from a photo shoot in Toronto for Toro magazine,
featuring Farrell and this year's other best new artist Juno nominees, including fellow country music singer Crystal
Shawanda, Lights, Kreesha Turner and Nikki Yanofsky.
When she was done with early-morning meetings downtown, I caught Farrell on her cell as she delegated to an assistant
and walked to the next appointment, a fitting for her Juno dress by famed New York designer Betsey Johnson.
"She's my favourite designer," says Farrell. "And I'm really excited, they've sent three that they think would work for me
because they've seen my dresses on stage."
These are the girly perks that come from a long slog.
Farrell started out in the early new millennium with a well-received indie pop CD, but by 2007 had made the transition to
mainstream pop/country with her Nothing Fancy album.
As debut albums go, it's done well. And, yes, the red head insists she truly is country.
"One of my grandfathers had a buffalo ranch," she says, "and the other had a cattle farm . . . so I've spent a lot of time in
farm country, my whole family rides horses and at home we played country music all the time. So although I grew up in the
city, I have a real strong love for country."
After all the accolades and awards from the B.C. Country Music Association, Canadian Country Music Association, plus the
Juno nom for her two-year-old debut album, it will be interesting to see what comes from Farrell's Victoria Shaw-produced
sophomore effort due out by summer's end.
Shaw, mostly known as a hot Nashville songwriter and whose many accolades include the Academy of Country Music 1993
song of the year for John Michael Montgomery's "I Love How You Love Me" and Garth Brooks' "The River."
How does one land Victoria Shaw as one's producer?
"She's a redhead," says Farrell. "We saw each other from across the room, both of us had enhanced red hair. I was in
Nashville for a week for a bunch of meetings and we met at a songwriter award thing.
"Later I wrote some songs with her and she said, you want to do a record? I said, yeah. Please."


Jessie was recently named Female Artist of the Year at the Canadian
Country Music Awards

VANCOUVER, BC – February 2009—Canadian country crooner Jessie Farrell has recently been nominated for a 2009 Juno Award, honoring the best in Canadian music, in the New Artist of the Year category. Jessie has taken the Canadian music industry by storm, and isn’t new to nominations recognizing her astounding musical achievements: She was the runaway winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards in 2008, taking home Female Artist of the Year , Rising Star Award and Top Female Talent of the Year for her hit album ‘Nothing Fancy’. Jessie also won Best New Country Artist at the 2008 Canadian Radio Music Awards.

The first single from the chart climbing country-pop album, ‘Let’s Talk About Love’, peaked in the top 10 on the Canadian Country Singles Chart. Audiences’ young and old have warmly embraced Jessie, who has opened for such country heavyweights as Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Johnny Reid, Aaron Pritchett, Brooks and Dunn and Alan Jackson. She has also wowed fans while on tour with Emerson Drive and Toby Keith.

Jessie is currently working on her upcoming ‘The Redhead and Redneck Tour’, with fellow CCMA recipient Gord Bamford. The exciting live country tour starts in March 2009 and will be visiting cities across the Prairies. For more information on Jessie Farrell’s tour dates, please visit:
The talented artist is also in the process of completing her new upcoming album, due in Spring 2009. Like her previous hit album ‘Nothing Fancy’ (604 Records/Universal Music Canada), her new work promises to showcase her natural talent and innovative musical insight. ‘Nothing Fancy’ is a wonderful collection of joyful country -pop that is often attempted, but rarely successfully attained; a Dixie Chicks/Shania/Alison Kraus-esque magic that a wide variety of ages and audiences are drawn into. Mix that cross-genre appeal with Jessie’s chemistry and magnetism and you have a force to be reckoned with.
Jessie is a passionate musician and that emotion can easily be heard during each of her powerful performances. Whether she is singing a soft, soulful ballad, or an upbeat, catchy pop song, her talent and enthusiasm for her craft is evident. As the loyal fan base she has cultivated would attest to, Farrell makes the kind of imprint that keeps people interested and inspired.
With her future bright and opportunities wide open, Farrell is very excited to take her new music out on tour, giving her the chance to interact with those who have been affected by her songs.
Jessie currently resides in Vancouver with her husband and their two pugs, Rupert and Henry. When not in the studio preparing for her upcoming album, Jessie loves to cook, do yoga, work out with her personal trainer, ride horses, go bowling, and spend time with friends and family.
For more information, interviews or photographs, please contact:

Lesley Diana - ph: 604-726-5575

Tanya Tweten - ph: 604-872-2352

For more information on Jessie Farrell, please visit

- MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release

"Grief sparked music career"

Country sensation Jessie Farrell always knew she loved music, but it was the death of her 21-year-old brother that spurred her in the right direction. That direction has seen her candid and sincere songs reach the eager ears of audiences from coast to coast and the upcoming release of her new CD, "Nothing Fancy". The 28-year-old Vancouver native decided to launch herself into a musical career after her younger brother fell ill. "When my brother got sick with cancer about eight years ago, I said, 'I'm going to do exactly what I want to do,'" she says. "He was a very passionate guy and he always wanted me to make music that was truthful and honest. "I just knew in order to write music and do it for a living, I had to strip it all down and get to myself." Although "Nothing Fancy" hasn't officially hit the stands, you might have heard the toe-tapping single "Let's Talk About Love"-which has entered the charts one week after release and can be heard on radio stations across the country. Pausing for a breath between Western Canadian tours - after 10 days opening for Emerson Drive and before two weeks playing with Johnny Reid - Farrell reflected on her accelerating momentum. "I'm opening for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in Moncton for about 50,000 people in September and I'm so excited," says Farrell. "And we're doing a video next week for the first single." Just signed with Universal Music Canada and 604 Records, Farrell credits her band members and production team for their support, knowledge and dedication. Longtime friends make up Farrell's band with Jesse Tucker on guitar, Jesse Godin on drums, Kylee Epp playing guitar and singing backup vocals and Ryland Haggis on bass and backup vocals. "My band is such an important part of my life and they all add something. "Everybody adds a piece to the puzzle," she says, noting she produced her new CD with Garth Fundis, who worked with Trisha Yearwood, Keith Whitley and Sugarland. "And my family has also been very supportive of my whole career and have always been behind me." As for now, Farrell says she loves travelling around the country, visiting the smaller cities and towns. "The people are so friendly, I'm feeling so comfortable and I really enjoy it. It's also neat to see the age range of people who are into the music, from 10-year-old girls to 50-year-old guys," she explains. "So far, I can't believe the kind of support I'm getting. I don't think fans quite know how much they are appreciated." For more information, visit - Samara Cygman, Sun Country Spring 2007


Love Letter (August 30, 2011)
Label: 604 Records

Good, Bad & Pretty Things (October 6, 2009)
Label: 604 Records

Nothing Fancy (October 9, 2007)
Label: 604 Records

Today (2002)
Label: Spark Records



The 2008 CCMA Female Artist of the Year/Rising Star/Top New Female Talent of the Year has stepped up her game for her third and most distinguished country album, the forthcoming Love Letter.

The woman who gave us top hits such as “Let’s Talk About Love”, “Fell Right Into You”, “I Guess,” “Best Of Me,” “You Make Me Feel” and “Nobody Says No,” continues to mature her artistry at an impressive and distinctive pace.

The Juno-winning Jessie Farrell (for her vocal contribution to the 2010 all-star charity Single of the Year “Wavin’ Flag”) has turned a creative corner in her career – by retreating into herself for some much-needed introspection.

“I hear every word you say/ But it doesn’t mean I’m listening,” Farrell sings on the hypnotically stunning first single, “Turn You Down,” now airing with an equally captivating Margaret Malandruccolo-directed video on CMT Canada.

“You used to come in loud and clear/ Now I’m far away and you’re whispering.

Stop stepping on my heels/Standing on my cape/ You’re weighing me down.

Baby I can’t turn you off/But I can turn you down.”

Co-produced and co-written – as are the remaining nine songs of Love Letter, with her longtime guitarist Jesse Tucker – “Turn You Down” is an intoxicatingly powerful climate of disillusion and disappointment, the mood set by layers of stinging acoustic and electric guitar and Farrell’s reprimanding tone of resentment, as a sacred trust between two close friends seems to have been irreparably broken.

Yet the empowering sentiment of defiance, independence and survival despite the former friend’s repression is as real as it gets.

“On Love Letter, there are a lot of songs about relationships,” says Farrell. “They’re not just about love connections, but all kinds of interactions between people and the challenges everyone goes through in life.

“Connecting with others is one of the most important and complicated parts of being here, so I constantly find inspiration in looking at relationships and talking to people.”

Country music is all about the truth, and on Love Letter and songs like “Sunny Days,” “Catch Me,” “Fall,” “Making Ends Meet,” “Filthy Habits” and “Love Letter,” Jessie Farrell bares her heart and soul like never before.

“This is the most intimate album I’ve ever done,” Farrell confesses.

“I wanted to keep it real and keep it contemplative. I just wanted to do exactly what felt right.”

What felt right to Farrell was paring down the melodies and keeping it simple, and at times, stark: “Fall” is a declaration of devotion, confidence and vulnerability, framed by an acoustic guitar and Jessie’s heartfelt and charismatic voice; a life philosophy that could pertain to romance as much as life; “Filthy Habits” is an earthy, get-back-to-nature mode lifestyle song; “Sunny Days” is fun, upbeat optimism about one’s positive mindset, and “Love Letter”…well, you can take a guess about that one.

“I took pieces of my own little world and inserted it into those songs.” Farrell declares, “But as much as these songs are about me, I try to keep them open-ended so others can relate to them and interpret their own meaningful connection.”

She’s also the first to admit that these songs wouldn’t have taken this shape or form had she not taken a breather after seven years of whirlwind activity.

Stepping off the album-tour-album-tour treadmill -- both as headliner and sharing the stage with the likes of Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Doc Walker, Johnny Reid, Gord Bamford, Aaron Pritchett and Emerson Drive -- allowed her to pause, reflect and refresh.

“I’ve been so focused and so driven for so long, that it was refreshing just to live normal life for awhile,” Farrell explains. “I got to not only catch up with friends, but I could bring them flowers, make them a meal, just be there for them.

“It’s been really enjoyable for me to reconnect and serve as their cheerleader.”

Farrell also slowed down her own life by fulfilling a lifelong dream and moving to Vancouver Island, where the pace of things was quieter, and more relaxed.

“Being so busy, the Island has allowed me to properly recharge and hear myself think when I began writing for the album,” Farrell explains. “These songs reflect the clarity that comes from living in such a beautiful place.”

As a result, the lack of stress and pressure resulted in some very organic inspiration.

“I was just able to write music that felt unhurried,” says Farrell, who recorded Love Letter at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studios with engineer Dean Maher (Michael Bublé, Hedley, Aaron Pritchett).

Now that she’s rediscovered her life balance and displays a seasoned confidence, a refreshed Jessie Farrell is ready to resume and reward the performer within.

“I want to take my fans o