Jessica Rhaye’s fifth full-length album “Song in Me” shows the New Brunswick artist fully embracing her style. Jessica, with her stunning vocals and lush melodies, has always moved easily between folk and Americana.
This album grew from a series of mellow Sunday-morning acoustic sessions with Chris Braydon, Jessica’s long-time guitarist, and Sandy Mackay, a celebrated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, whose stand-up bass and playful spirit added a fresh element to the mix. The trio would meet weekly at her house, with its view over the Kennebecasis River and the woods beyond. The rural setting set the mood for a naturalist approach, and in the cozy confines of the threesome she felt encouraged to let her quirks - including idiosyncratic time signatures and unusual tempos - not just show but shine.
Song In Me shows a more outward-looking artist at work, one moving beyond personal experience.