The Texas-born, L.A.-based singer and songwriter Jess Williamson makes deeply felt songs that orbit around her powerful voice, a voice that’s strong and vulnerable, big room flawless, quietly ecstatic, and next-to-you intimate. While attending the University of Texas, Williamson began to find her footing as an artist in the DIY and student-run art and music spaces of Austin. A photojournalism major, she interviewed and photographed bands for the school newspaper and hosted a radio show on KVRX, the student-run radio station. But quietly, she had an insistent pull to pursue music herself. In her last year of school, Williamson took up banjo lessons at South Austin Music, and soon after was writing songs and making home recordings.
In 2016, she relocated to Los Angeles, a move that proved life-changing. Inspired by the new environment and the deep introspection that can come from being alone in a foreign land, she wrote the album Cosmic Wink, which became her first release with a record label—Mexican Summer—in 2018.
Her fourth album, Sorceress, also with Mexican Summer, arrives Spring 2020. It was written in Los Angeles, recorded at Gary's Electric in Brooklyn, and finished at Dandy Sounds in Dripping Springs. While she’s stayed true to her deep country roots, the music has grown in its ambitions. It’s her biggest, most assured collection to date, and a true document of the hard work paying off.