In a sea of country artists, Jes Marie stands out. Her mix of traditional country instrumentation has a cutting edge dance twist that is delighting audiences worldwide. Her fans describe her as a cross between the fun, upbeat sound of Kelsea Ballerini and the big, anthemic hooks of Shania Twain. Produced by Simon Jay (2019 Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, Primetime Emmy Awards), “Party in the Sun” is the perfect song to crank up loud on a hot Summer’s day.
We get to talk with the Maryland native to discuss her new single and what else in stores!
Q: Hi Jes Marie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
A: Thank you for having me! I’m doing great. I’m really excited to share this new single with everyone. Life is lovely!
Q: Can you talk to us more about your brand new single “Party in the Sun”?
A: I love combining traditional country instrumentation with pop and electronic sounds. I had an idea for a fun, summertime song, and I took it to my talented friend Simon Jay, who is a wonderful music producer. He has done music for the Grammy’s, Kennedy Center Honors, etc. He really captured the energy and sound of the song that I was envisioning perfectly!
Q: Any plans to release a video for the single?
A: Yes, thank you for asking! A new music video for “Party in the Sun” is going to be premiering in a few short weeks. We are editing the footage now.
Q: Can you tell us more about the upcoming music video?
A: It was so much fun to make – and absolutely the hardest shoot I’ve ever done in my life! The shoot was in two parts – one day we did a shoot in Malibu, outside on the beach, and another day we shot underwater in a natural Florida spring! Yes, underwater. Haha! It was crazy. We were absolutely freezing cold on both shoot days – obviously we were really cold being underwater all day for the Florida shoot. But for the beach shots, we were shooting on a rock by the ocean. It was supposed to be low tide but for some reason the waves kept crashing into us! Let’s just say it was very cold, haha. But it was a gorgeous set so it was totally worth it!
Q: Where are you from and what has your journey been like in music so far?
A: I was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. It was a great place to grow up 🙂 I started singing when I was 4 years old, I was in Kindergarten class and would sing Disney songs constantly – even interrupting the teacher while she was speaking sometimes! Oops 🙂 Luckily, my teacher thought I had natural talent and told my mother to put me in voice lessons. So I started then, and I never stopped singing after that! I was trained classically and with musical theater, but as I got older I realized I absolutely loved more popular music styles. I went to Berklee College of Music in Boston and then after graduating, came out to Los Angeles to pursue my dreams! I have written songs for film and TV including Hallmark Channel original films, “The Young and the Restless,” (CBS), etc. I absolutely love making country/pop music and being an artist! It’s my passion 🙂
Q: What are some of your musical influences?
A: I’m a huge fan of Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire. Definitely female country stars that paved the way for the rest of us! Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Kelsea Ballerini, and Maren Morris are all awesome as well.
Q: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it?
A: Fans have said my music is a cross between Kelsea Ballerini and Shania Twain. I think that’s because their music both has a country/pop sound and is typically pretty upbeat and anthemic.
My goal is to inspire people through my music, and help them to feel positive, happy, and lift their spirits. That’s why most of my songs are pretty upbeat! Listening to uptempo songs keeps me in a great mood and makes me feel motivated and ready to take on the world.
Q: Where do you see yourself in the current country/pop music landscape?
A: I think country music needs some more females these days! Haha! But seriously. 9 times out of 10 when I turn on the radio, the country stations are playing a male artist. I love their music (I mean, who doesn’t love Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, etc?) but I will say, I think it’s time there were some more women on there! I’d love to be someone who cracks that code, and then goes on to help other female artists succeed too. I love helping other people to feel good and go after their dreams!
Q: Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?