Jess Thristan Releases New Single ‘The One Thing’
The BCMA has teamed up with national promoter MAM Roots to spotlight a new release from an upcoming artist each week. We’re excited to announce that our Country Release Friday artist this week is Jess Thristan. Jess’s new single The One Thing is available now to buy or stream on all major platforms and you can catch an exclusive Q&A on IGTV (@mam_roots) at 4pm today.
When asked about The One Thing Jess said
“I wrote this track with the amazing Jessica Sharman. I’ve been a fan of Jessica’s songwriting for such a long time, especially her work with the Ward Thomas girls, so getting to work with her first of all was awesome.
We had a few sessions together before we sat down to write The One Thing and I remember we actually wrote it almost in two halves. We had the framework of the song from our first session together and then we got back in the studio a few months later to finish it off. We both knew it had something special, and I think we were both feeling like we wanted to emphasise female empowerment in this song. I remember us both being so excited about the story of the song and what it stood for. It just fell out of both of us.
We decided to demo two versions of the song and this piano acoustic version just resonated with me so much. I started listening to a lot of my demos at the beginning of lockdown, wondering what I wanted to focus on in particular whilst being away from the studio, and this song just stood out to me and my team. I decided it was something that we wanted to release — and here we are! We had the fabulous Eli Bishop add some strings all the way from his studio in Nashville and the vocals and piano are the original demo recordings! It’s a real magical, lockdown concoction of a song with tonnes of strength and empowerment as well as softness and vulnerability, and I absolutely love it.”
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Recording artist Jess Thristan wrote her first song, The Shield, at the early age of 15 which, a couple of years later, ended up in the hands of A&G Songs with whom she signed her first publishing deal.
Fast forward to 2018, Jess took a step back to focus on her new musical direction writing the music she loves with a strong country music influence from the likes of Maren Morris and Jillian Jacqueline whilst retaining her own roots and style and testing the new tunes around the London, Manchester and Leeds areas. Jess went on to sell out her own night at London members’ club The Library as well as opening for Andy Brown and Remember Monday’s single launch party presented by CountrylineTV, which also rendered lovely praise on Maverick magazine.
The year of 2019 saw Jess make her festival debut at award-winning Buckle & Boots, opening for Jade Helliwell and Jess and the Bandits, as well as release her new single The Old Me, heavily supported by radio DJ Baylen Leonard, Chris Country, Paul Sexton, Brad Paisley, BBC Introducing, Matt Spracklen and Spotify and Deezer editorial playlists.
If the start of 2020 is anything to go by, where Jess was included in Lyric Magazine’s Class of 2020 to opening for Nashville’s Kelsey Waldon, there’s a whole lot more to come!