Indie singer/songwriter/guitarist JESSARAE (JEZ-ah-rae) will continue his 2012 live performance schedule with a variety of Park City, UT performances and TV appearances during the Sundance Film Festival. Fans at all the shows can expect to hear songs from JESSARAE’s just released full-length debut album PILOT (Raystone Records). The young musician–whose music is both compellingly raw and finely etched–kicked off the year with a special New Year’s Eve show opening for Five For Fighting. In attendance was Taylor Swift who went backstage to visit with JESSARAE after his set. Photos can be seen here:

First up in his run of Sundance-related performances, the Saturday, January 21 “Keep Hope Alive” party at the Fender Music Lodge to benefit parents Stacia and Luc Robitaille’s “Echoes Of Hope” Charity. Echoes Of Hope–a charity founded by the Robitailles–strives to awaken the spirit of hope in the lives of at-risk and emancipated foster youth by providing the resources, knowledge, skills, love, and support they need to reach their full potential. Their commitment is to inspire and empower motivated youth through compassion, integrity, advocacy, and individual holistic support. For tickets go to:

Beyond a few private shows and appearances on PCTV (Park City TV), JESSARAE will appear live Monday, January 23 on “Good Things Utah” at 10:00 AM. That same night, he’ll perform at Flanagans On Main. Located in the heart of Park City, this performance is an all ages show which kicks off at 9:00 PM.

The raw, crunchy, garage-rock grungy PILOT has seminal influences from Neil Young to My Bloody Valentine and Kurt Cobain, juxtaposed with a uniquely broad and meticulously controlled vocal range. The CD’s name was inspired by the TV term describing the first of what will hopefully be a successful series.

From the Jack White-styled punk-blues rave-up of the first single, “Stuck on You,” the in-your-face psychedelia of “Closer” and the sheer unbridled emotional intensity of “The Truth Is,” to the deliberately somber “Surrender,” the melodic “So Magical,” the yearning romanticism of “Trying to Meet Her,” and the rainbow-colored “Tangerines,” JESSARAE proves adept at any number of genres. And that’s no surprise considering his own favorites include such eclectic music makers as The Beatles (“of course”), Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Nirvana, Flaming Lips and, even earlier, Prince (whom he saw live as a youngster) and brooding Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice. Pay special attention to the prodigal kid’s masterful skills on guitar, which range from the gentle strumming in “Starting Line” and the Hawaiian slack key lilt of “Tangerines” to the pyrotechnics of “Seen It All Before” and the squawking feedback in the coda of the title track. Read the bio and more here:

With over 20,000 Facebook followers and people who have been following him on his own website (, JESSARAE dedicates PILOT to his fans. “Having a good piece of work is the important thing,” he insists. “I have so many people who believe in what I am doing and what I could do. I had a vision and hearing it all come together, I couldn’t be happier. ”

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