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BOYZONE announce JESSICA CLEMMONS as support for their #BZ20 tour


JESSICA CLEMMONS

‘WHAT IF’ EP


RELEASE DATE: January 2014 
(Advanced copies available on Boyzone tour) 

Houston songstress Jessica Clemmons had one of those ‘light bulb’ moments after releasing her sophomore album ‘Loving This Day’ in 2012. Having poured her heart and soul in the record, which saw her rewarded with a critically acclaimed support slot on The Overtones (sold out UK) tour, a host of media support and airplay from BBC Radio 2, she found herself pondering the all important ‘What If’…

Growing up in Texas, Jessica spent her formative years surrounded by the rich heritage of Country music. While her parents indulged in cutting edge sounds of the Motown era, it was her Grandparents who introduced her to the story-telling vocals of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Though there was no denying that Motown made her want to move, Country Music became her grounding.

Though her soulful-pop vocal tones are a given in any song she performs, Jessica wanted to raise the bar… she needed to tell her own story –not just connect with her audience emotionally but allow her words to do the talking. She reveals, ‘I love the way country music can tell a story… and I have plenty to say!’

Returning home to Houston after her 27 date support for the Overtones, Jessica set about making her transition a reality. Though she likes to think of Texas as the home of country, she conceded that she would have to ‘let Nashville have this one. If you want to write a pop/country album you don’t go to LA or Chicago, you go to the place that specializes in it.’ So that is exactly what she did.

Teaming up in Nashville with country stalwart Jeff Cohen (The Band Perry, Sugarland), Sherrie Austin, James T Slater (Rascall Flatts, Kellie Pickler, Martina McBride) and Lindsey Ray (Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato), Jessica knew she had to make every word count.

The result is Jessica’s most personal record to date. Channeling the storytelling that she had fallen in love with as a youngster, she found that the Nashville experience allowed her to open the flood-gates and keep it real. She admits, ‘Writing is like therapy for me. I found one of the songs very difficult to write because it was one of the first times I have been so completely open in a song. I find this very important when trying to connect with the listener. When they feel your pain, heartache or even happiness, it is much easier to connect the message to them.’

With the EP almost ready for its release in January, Jessica has already been rewarded for her new direction and unbarred honesty on record by being invited to join British pop legends Boyzone in celebrating their 20th anniversary on tour. It appears that by asking ‘What If’, Jessica’s dreams may have just started to unravel in unexpected directions.


Tour Dates (Supporting Boyzone):


28th November DUBLIN, The o2
29th November BELFAST, Odyssey Arena
1st December CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena
2nd December CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena
4th December BOURNEMOUTH, Int. Centre
5th December BOURNEMOUTH, Int. Centre
6th December BIRMINGHAM, LG Arena
8th December LIVERPOOL, Echo Arena
9th December LEEDS, Arena
10th December NOTTINGHAM, Capital FM Arena
11th December BLACKPOOL, Winter Gardens
12th December ABERDEEN, AECC
14th December NEWCASTLE, Metro Radio Arena
15th December GLASGOW, The Hydro
17th December BRIGHTON, Centre
18th December BRIGHTON, Centre
20th December LONDON, The o2
21st December LONDON, Wembley Arena
22nd December MANCHESTER, Arena


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