Jess & the Bandits hit the right notes with their brand-new release “Hey Girl”, telling the story of single women across the World - perfectly timed to coincide with International Women’s Day as it will be released on March 8th.
Lead singer, Jessica Clemmons, was barely two lines into the demo of Hey Girl when she knew this was a song she had to record. Passed to her by co-writer and producer Femke Weidema, the track documents perfectly the journey Jess herself had taken throughout her younger adulthood, with friends, family members and acquaintances questioning her position as a single woman without any children.
“As far as we’ve come as a society, there is still this pressure for women to get married and have children by a certain age. Men don’t seem to have this same expectation. With events such as International Women’s Day becoming a permanent date in the yearly calendar, it’s great to be able to celebrate this, but also to acknowledge the journey taken by so many young women, many of whom I am sure will relate to this song as I did.”
A top songwriting team of Femke and Phillip Lamonds (Lee Brice, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker & more) have created a tale that is relatable to so many women. The vulnerability lent to the song by the vocals and the delicate production leave the lyrics prominent, reaching the heart of audiences across genres. The chorus “maybe even God can’t turn a woman into something that she’s not” struck a chord with Jessica who, whilst she knew God ultimately had it under control, sometimes found it hard to see, whilst living through that pressure. Recorded in Jess’s native Texas, production was done remotely by Femke Weidema, based in Nashville. With Jess & the Bandits returning to play C2C Festival next month, Jess jumped on Zoom with Jamie to tell us more about the new track and get excited for the festival which you can listen to below:
Jess will back in London in March where she is appearing at C2C: Country to Country on Saturday 11th March at 15:00 on the Big Entrance stage and Sunday 12th March on the ICON stage at 13:00. Full festival details and ticket information are available on the WEBSITE or socials (INSTAGRAM / TWITTER / FACEBOOK) “Hey Girl” will be released on 8th March and is available to pre-save HERE. For more info on Jess & the Bandits, you can check out their WEBSITE or follow along socially on TWITTERINSTAGRAMFACEBOOK.
True country music is honesty, sincerity, and real life to the hilt. Garth Brooks