Fascinated by both sight and sound, Jessi Lee Ross is a working musician and artist who creates in an ambient acoustic folk style. With gentle, swelling melodies and unique finger-picking guitar patterns, her songs float through the atmosphere like a soundtrack guiding you to another realm. When sitting down to play, Jessi draws roots of inspiration from artists such as Tina Dico, Iron & Wine, Sigur Ros, and Bon Iver to create her passionate originals. Located in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, she aims to use musical and artistic expressions to bring her audience an all-around inspiring sensory experience.
Her first original album, titled Melodies for Maladies, was released in June of 2014. A series of duets that also feature Stephen Zalalas on a custom bass cello, these tracks are a culmination of self-written, recorded and produced articulations of the bewildered heart. An avid painter with her mind incorporating elements of instrumental music while touching a brush to canvas, Ross creates visual interpretations of sound coupled with galactic allusions in a combination of watercolor, acrylic, and metallic paints. This strong, deeply personal relationship between visual art and music inspired the release of her second album, Catalyst, in January of 2015 – driven by her style of balance between free-form release and controlled action through multi-layered acoustic guitar and vocal harmony tracks.
Also as part of her passion for sound, Ross studies and shares projects inspired by neuroacoustic therapy, which uses various frequencies to create relaxing or energizing effects in the mind. The result of this research and experimentation is Euphony, a 23-minute meditative exploration using wordless vocal narratives which is available for streaming on her Bandcamp page. Since releasing her albums, Jessi has been an active participant in the local café, winery, and house concert scene.
Universal Audio Apollo 8P Quad Audio Interface
Used to capture the house concert. 5 channels of audio were captured to produce this production.