“Jess & Matt remind me of Lindsey and I. They sing so well together, they can play anything and are so well grounded. The world needs this great duo.”
Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac
“Jess & Matt really impressed me straight away, to the point where I’m now learning things from them.”
Couple-Duo Jess & Matt’s trademark harmonies have grabbed attention around the globe. After 10 years of performing in Sydney’s live circuit, in 2015 J&M were the runners up of The X Factor Australia. Their debut self-titled album reached No. 1 on the Australian Album ARIA Chart and their album “Songs From The Village” featuring Chris Isaak & Rick Price hit No. 2.
Now independent recording artists, the Sydney singer/songwriters have released their first original album, Wildflowers – an ultra-personal document to musical freedom and intense self-discovery. “There’s a new energy, rediscovering a real love for what we do, bringing it back to the acoustic guitar and writing songs the way we used to. This album feels like coming home.” The record debuted at #11 on the ARIA Charts, reached #1 on iTunes & held the #1 independent album position for 2 weeks running.
The husband-and-wife acoustic duo were set to head to Nashville (as they did every year) in March 2020 but like all musicians, COVID changed their plans. They had a back-up plan: a cabin in the Southern Highlands of NSW, just up the road from where Matt Corby made Telluric. Hooking up power and hot water, they started creating a record inspired by Bon Iver’s own DIY cabin magic and Kacey Musgrave’s genre-bending, with songs about everything from dementia to dark times in their marriage. “It was a surreal time in the world, which added to the album process. We were so excited to lock ourselves away & co-produce the record with Patrick Byrne.”
“Aftermath” was released as a single earlier this year, instantly changing opinions of their music with its unexpected honesty and musical intimacy. It’s one of many songs on Wildflowers that unpacks their own relationship. Wildflowers has an impressive list of co-writers and co-producers including Patrick Byrne, Louis Schoorl (Charlotte Lawrence), David Hodges (Dan + Shay), Steve Solomon (James Arthur), PJ Harding (Noah Cyrus) to name a few.
In 2019 the couple were nominated in the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting competition with entries from 48 Countries, & their much anticipated debut original album ‘Wildflowers’ showcasing these new songs was released July this year.