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January 2024 

Jesse Lynn Madera

Austin singer-songwriter Jesse Lynn Madera, in excellent voice in the video above, has a new single out: "Austin," produced by Dan Navarro (Lowen & Navarro) and, (seven-time Grammy winner) Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks Band and Wilco). It is the lead track from the upcoming album, Speed of Sound.

West Virginia-born and Houston-raised, Jesse creates musical tales with both depth and relatable lyrics while seamlessly blending many genres of music. American Songwriter wrote this: “Madera’s lyrical and piano-driven songs are passionate and alluring, with a dramatic, ethereal, and almost otherworldly tone. Evoking comparisons to the shapeshifting brilliance of Kate Bush and the confessional pop sensibilities of Tori Amos.” And in its 2022 wrap-up, Music Connection named her in its annual Hot 100 list of the Best Unsigned Artists. She emerged as one of twelve finalists out of more than 6,000 entries in the Americana category in the Unsigned Only 2023 competition with her performance of "Unchained." Boasting a dedicated fan base cultivated through captivating live performances, Madera's touring history includes sold-out shows at New York’s Bitter End and Nashville’s The Bluebird (In the Round with Dan Navarro, Pete Mroz & Jim Photoglo). She also had notable appearances at festivals such as Mile 0, 30A, Annapolis Songwriters, and Mile of Music and was featured as a headliner for WMOT’s Finally Friday. She has been a supporting act for acclaimed artists like The Zombies, Navarro, Maddie Poppe, and Mary Fahl.

Austin Pedestrian James Black

Austin singer-songwriter James Black will be releasing on February 9. Black says of the video, "I'm taking you on a ride through my everyday life mixed with the cool vibes of Austin. The video shows what it's like just being me in this city I love. It's like my life jamming out to the beats of Austin's streets, you know? The visuals groove with the music, giving you a feel for the real me in this awesome city. It's all about those chill moments in Austin that make life cool. 'I Like This' is like a laid-back visual vibe, a video about just being myself and soaking in the good vibes of the city."



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