Jes Justice has had her share of struggles to get to where she is today. Blending country pop and her signature singer songwriter style Jes effortlessly empowers her listeners through her candid honesty, powerhouse vocals and no holds barred lyrics. Her newest release, Break Me, a mid tempo power ballad produced by Jayson Chance (Colt Ford) about her personal experience of leaving abusive relationship. Break Me is available April 16th
Born in Florida and raised in Western New York Jes began singing at the age of 3 and writing music at the age of 12. She performed in he first country big music competition at the age of 14 at the Buffalo Bison’s Baseball Stadium singing Blue Moon of Kentucky in the style of Patsy Cline. Her early inspirations were classic artists like Reba McIntyre, Dolly Parton, Janis Joplin, Garth Brooks, Patsy Cline and The Temptations as well as the strong female artists she grew up with like Alanis Morisette, Jewel and Mariah Carey.
Jewel is the artist that inspired Jes to pick up a guitar and also had her wishing for a more interesting life. “Everyone used to make such a big deal about how Jewel lived in her car and I wanted to be just like Jewel so I remember wishing that something bad would happen to me so I would have a story like hers.” Jes got what she wished for.
When she was 18 she decided to pursue musical theatre and move to New York City. She brought her guitar along and wrote songs while training at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her years in New York were marked with addiction, toxic and abusive relationships, chaos and confusion.
It was only two years into her NYC acting career that Jes decided to forgo acting to pursue music full time. Her early music was singer/songwriter - folk style writing about her drinking problems, relationship problems, depression, anxiety and loneliness. She released an album, Mirrors produced by Ronny Drayton (Nona Hendryx) and secured management and thought it was the beginning of her professional career but she was sidelined by a devastating sexual assault that halted her progress and led to several years of depression and recuperation.
Jes never stopped performing and writing songs and soon decided to join a band along side her solo career. She toured regionally with The Zak Smith Band as a backup and featured vocalist while also writing her second album and playing solo shows. In 2012 her depression and anxiety once again halted her career when she attempted suicide one night at her Brooklyn apartment after a break up led her to an alcohol fueled night.
She spent 28 days in a Connecticut rehab where she performed for the residents on a daily basis. She got so much encouragement she was inspired to take music seriously again. Jes moved to Boston for a fresh start and spent two years headlining small clubs around town and playing weekly gigs. She began booking national tours for herself traveling alone in her Subaru from Boston to California. It was on her first tour that she drove through Nashville and decided that was the place for her.
She packed her bags in Boston and moved to Nashville in 2017. She immediately began singing daily downtown on Lower Broadway first at Tootsies and then moving on to Legends, The Stage, Redneck Riviera, Famous Saloon and to the other many bars downtown. She released her first single The Band Played On in August of 2020. She has been able to turn her struggles and setbacks into songs and has realized that her pain makes her able to relate to more people. Her full length album, Jes Justice is set to be released October 2021.
Beyond music Jes is also a professional astrologer. It was her struggles with depression and anxiety that led her to study spirituality and yoga. She incorporates astrology into her music and gives readings to fans. Her ethos is to live life to the fullest and to be authentically yourself, no matter what. It’s her mission to spread this message through her music and everything that she does. She currently lives in Nashville with her boyfriend, black lab Harper and black three legged cat Winston.