Since relocating to Austin in 2007, Jess Klein
has been embraced by the quirky yet robust Texas music scene, and it shows in her latest release Behind a Veil
(Motherlode Records, 2012), a deep collection of Americana-tinged musings on love, loss, and redemption. On Behind a Veil
, Klein writes honestly and courageously about the conflicting emotions of love, loss, joy, and pain. But even in the most delicate passages you can hear the triumph in her voice.
Klein explains: “You never really know what the big picture is to a situation—sometimes the meaning is veiled. It can seem really bad, but then later you can look back at the same moment and feel so grateful it went that way; I love that about life. Sometimes things are just really hard and really painful, but also beautiful.”
In October 2007, singer and songwriter Jenn Grinels
of Cupertino, California, gave up her apartment, setting out on her first tour armed with nothing but her guitar, a beautiful voice, and a passion for music. Over four years later, the self-described “soulful, bluesy, jazzy, folk rock, singer-songwriter,” has released two full-length albums, toured the country extensively, and won numerous awards for her amazing set of pipes. Despite not having a permanent address for almost five years, Grinels never slowed down, and continued winning fans during her one-of-a-kind performances, sharing the stage with artists like Christopher Cross, JD Souther, Cracker, and Rebecca Loebe. Named 2012 Vocalist of the Year by APCA for the third straight year, and 2012 Performer of the Year by Campus Activities magazine
, Grinels is notorious for her impressive songwriting ability, incredible stage performance, and unmistakable vocal abilities.