Yorkshire artist Jess Thristan has firmly made her mark on a thriving UK country scene this year, stunning critics and fans with the release of her new single ‘The Old Me’. Riding the crest of the wave, she’s set to release her delicate new single ‘Your Turn’, showcasing more of her personal songwriting and emotive melodic style. Epitomising the twists and turns of life as a young girl learning how to deal with her challenges, ‘Your Turn’ takes on a whole new level of vulnerability for Jess. With its acoustic vibe and pedal steel, it’s a wonderful blend of roots influences with resonating lyrical content.
“There’s tonnes of potential for her to be the next big UK country star” – Entertainment Focus
“Completely breath-taking” – BringCountry2UK
The past few years have seen Jess emerge as one of the UK’s most exciting young songwriters, having sharing bills with the likes of Remember Monday, Jade Helliwell and Andy Brown, as well as an appearance at Buckle & Boots Festival this year. Jess has found fans in key tastemakers Maverick Magazine and Countryline TV, while her new single was also supported on Spotify’s influential Very Nearly Nashville playlist. On the airwaves, the first single was championed by Baylen Leonard on Country Hits UK, Where Jess was announced as his Country Champion. She’s also written with the likes of Tim Prottey-Jones (The Wandering Hearts), Jamie Evans (Wildwood Kin), Jessica Sharman (Ward Thomas) among many others.
A talented writer from an early age, Jess wrote her first track “The Shield” at just 15 years old. She would later go on to record it at the famous Angel Studios with a 24-piece orchestra as well as a cover of The Beatles’ classic “From Me To You”, which went on to feature as the soundtrack to a SKY TV Christmas campaign. After releasing her debut album ‘This Is Home’, Jess took a step away from music to take stock and refocus her musical direction. This inevitably led her back to her first musical love and she began writing Country & Americana music heavily influenced by some of her favourites such as Jillian Jacqueline and Maren Morris, while keeping her own roots and style. The past year saw Jess not only writing but testing the new tracks playing around London, Manchester and the Leeds area.