Monday, September 5, 2011

Jessica Campbell CD Release Show

I recently had the privilege of photographing the talented Jessica Campbell at the CD release party for her new album Great Escape. It was a brilliant performance from a brilliant artist. She has a gift for making you to want to enter the world of her songs, and for this one evening the entire audience was completely transported.

Listening to the music of Jessica Campbell is like driving on a warm day with the windows down and the music up. Her music recaptures an experience, a place you've been, a moment you shared with someone, and plays it back with all of it's original vibrance. It's the way her lyrics and melody flow hand in hand to remind you of something simple and pure, that's all too easy to forget. Her voice is both light and airy in one moment, and full of depth and soul in the same breath. These are songs that are hopeful and ready to show us the beauty that surrounds us, that can be had just by taking the time to notice.

The songs on Great Escape are far from sugary, pop-music fluff. Songs like "Me Without You" or "I Stay, You Stay" express a depth of insight that can only come from true experience. Her song "Paper Thin Mirror" expresses precisely that dedication to seeing goodness in reality, not in our fantasies about reality. These are songs of faith: faith in a hopeful future, in human ability to rise above circumstances and a belief in the fundamental goodness of life. Listen to them loud, and with the windows all the way down.

You can preview her music at and pick up a copy of Great Escape on iTunes.