"I Am Because We Are" is a vulnerable and empowering 4th album that's been five years in the making, gathering stories from across America while Jess was touring her critically acclaimed album "Reveal".
"Reveal was an exciting departure from how I normally work," Jess explained. "With the help of my producer, Dan Phelps (Tori Amos, David Wilcox), I was able to go deeper into the theatrical realm of my music. It was a wonderful challenge and honor to work with music industry hard hitters Matt Chamberlain (Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, David Bowie) and Viktor Krauss (Lyle Lovett, Bill Frisell) and Craig Barnette (Donavon Frankenreiter, Mofro). That album, and its subsequent national tour, changed my whole creative process. I began looking deeper at collaborations, ensemble devised work in my theatre company and edgier ways to tell a story. 'I Am Because We Are' is an extension of that work."
"I Am Because We Are" is also an art collaboration with photographer, Dewin Anguas Barnette, making each song lyric sheet with an image collage to bring the stories to life in a new way.
released 01 November 2012
Written, Performed and Produced by Jess Pillmore
Engineered and Mixed by Bill Pillmore at The Worm Hole in Asheville, NC
"Biting observations... which owe as much to Gregory Corso as to Fiona Apple, with gritty tone selection and restrained
virtuosity." Nashville Scene
Jess's theatrical storytelling is mixed with revealing emotions and memorable vocals. Her music requires you to constantly question assumptions, empathize, reflect, act and most importantly, BE. It also allows sparks of insight to be ignited....more