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Pop-country artist Jessica Sole, just released her sophomore EP Hometown Cliché on April 21st via all streaming platforms.
The seven-track EP, includes the fun “girls night out” lead single, “In The Name Of Tequila” and the previously released track“Good In Goodbye,” which offers a fresh perspective on the quintessential break-up anthem. From being recorded in Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studio, to working alongside award-winning producer Shawn Moore and world renowned audio engineer John McBride, this EP is brimming with talent and twang.
Since releasing her debut EP Think of Us (2022), a collection of songs that garnered over 150K streams and two Top 40 hits on SiriusXM, the Shelburne, ON-native has continued to command fans’ attention with her smooth vocals and catchy hooks.
2023 holds a lot in store for this rising star, with the release of her sophomore EP, another trip to Nashville for more writing and recording, and a summer on the road with a high-energy, unforgettable stage presence that leaves fans wanting more!
I had the opportunity to chat with Jessica about her sophmore EP, her journey so far and what’s next.
Kat: Can you tell us about yourself and your music journey so far?
Jessica: Growing up in a musical family I always knew I wanted to be in music in some capacity. I was introduced to tons of different genres, but always gravitated towards country. I love the storytelling aspect of country music, and listened to a lot of Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood. The last few years have been so exciting writing and recording which led me to Nashville to record Hometown Cliché at the iconic Blackbird Studios.
Kat: Can you talk about the inspiration behind your new EP?
Jessica: Hometown Cliché draws a lot of inspiration from the new fresh country sound. When I was writing for this EP I found a lot of inspiration in music from artists like Kelsea Ballerini, and Mackenzie Porter. I wanted to create a fun, high energy EP, with stories that listeners could relate to.
Kat: What can you share with us about the writing process behind “Hometown Cliché”?
Jessica: I wrote a lot of music trying to find the perfect songs to put onto Hometown Cliché, and during the process I learned that I love to tell my own stories as well as other peoples stories. A few of the songs on this project are inspired by friends of mine. Specifically, In The Name of Tequila, the first single we released off of Hometown Cliché. I remember bringing that song title into the writing room and explaining my vision behind the concept, and In the Name of Tequila became the song that was written in the shortest amount of time, and also became my favourite song on the EP.
Kat: What have you learned along the way in your music career that you would like to share with other aspiring artists and creators?
Jessica: I’ve learned a lot of things throughout my career in music so far but I think the thing that stands out to me the most is to always stay true to who you are. Writing and creating music that’s true to me, and that I believe in, is one of the most important things to me as an artist.
Kat: What are you currently working on now and what can fans expect from you for the balance of 2023?
Jessica: I’m so excited to be jumping back into live music this year! I’ll be throwing an EP release party on April 22nd at Supermarket in Toronto, and after that I have lots of live shows booked for the summer months. I can’t wait to sing these songs live for you!
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