Jes (musician)

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Jes in 2011
Background information
Birth nameJes Brieden
Also known asTaxigirl
Born (1974-05-10) May 10, 1974 (age 45)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresElectronica, trance, pop
Associated acts

Jes Brieden (born May 10, 1974), known mononymously as Jes (stylized as JES), is an American singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and DJ[1] from New York. She is a co-founder of the US dance band Motorcycle, who released the world-famous song "As the Rush Comes" in 2003.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Jes Brieden, born and raised in New York City,[4] studied art and singing in an art school. She first began experimenting with music production at her friends' studios. By age 16 she made her first vocal recordings as a reference vocalist, and was also working as a backup singer for several major recording labels.[5] After Jes answered an ad in the newspaper called The Village Voice when she was still a teenager, she recorded her first song. At the time, she sang in various bands.[6]


2002: Guardians of the Earth[edit]

In 2001, while she was working at a recording studio in LA, Jes met Mike Olson, and the two formed Guardians of the Earth. Songs they produced include "Star Children" and "One Moon Circling". "Star Children" was included on Paul van Dyk's 2001 Ministry of Sound compilation The Politics of Dancing. Inspired by this new voice of herself, she began working with more DJs and producers and went on to form Motorcycle with Gabriel & Dresden and performed the vocals on the instant club hit and Billboard No. 1 song "As the Rush Comes" (2004).

2003-2005: Motorcycle[edit]

Jes Brieden's most well known works were created with Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden, known as Gabriel & Dresden. They formed the group Motorcycle, and its 2003 hit "As the Rush Comes" was a number one single on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay chart in 2004, where it also became the first year-end number one Dance Airplay track of the same year. "As the Rush Comes" gave Jes international exposure, which then allowed her to perform in larger venues and festivals such as the Bacardi Festival (Lebanon), Fresh (Malta), World Electronic Music Festival (Toronto), Escape In The Park (United Kingdom), Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Denver). Jes had performed on the United Kingdom's "Top of The Pops" TV show alongside Beyoncé and Maroon 5.[7] Motorcycle released a new song called Deep Breath Love. A mash-up by Dave Dresden with Sedna by 16 Bit Lolita's was included on Sharam's prestigious Global Underground 029: Dubai.

2006-present: Solo career[edit]

Since meeting Tiësto, Jes signed with his record label, Black Hole Recordings, and released her first solo album Disconnect. She also was featured on Tiësto’s artist album Elements of Life with the song "Everything" and continued to perform as the opening artist for the Tiësto Worldwide Tour of Elements of Life. Jes has also collaborated with DJs like D:Fuse, Deepsky, and Solarstone, producing tracks like "Living the Dream", "Ghost", and "Like a Waterfall". The last appears on the internationally acclaimed DJ Tiësto's In Search of Sunrise 4; her song "People Will Go" appears on In Search of Sunrise 5, "Imagination" and "High Glow" (the latter credited as TaxiGirl) on In Search of Sunrise 6, and an acoustic version of "Imagination" on Gabriel & Dresden's album Bloom.

Jes wrote and released a remix album, Into the Dawn (The Hits Disconnected), with Black Hole Recordings in January 2008, followed by an album called High Glow, supported by performances on Tiësto's Elements of Life World Tour.[8] The album High Glow was released in Germany on March 12, 2010 and internationally on March 16, 2010. Her songs "One Moon Circling" and "Talk Like a Stranger" were covered by Mark Norman on his album Colours.


Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Into the Dawn (The Hits Disconnected) (2008)
  • Unleash the Beat (2011)
  • Unleash the Beat 2 (2013)
  • Unleash the Beat Platinum Mix (2014)
  • Unleash the Beat Blonde Mix (2014)
  • Unleash the Beat 3 (2015)
  • Unleash the Beat Emerald Mix (2015)
  • Unleash the Beat Ultraviolet Mix (2016)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Let It Snow - The Holiday EP (November 2016)


As solo artist[edit]

  • "I Need You" (2000)
  • "Don't Say" (2000)
  • "Around You" (2005)
  • "People Will Go" (2006)
  • "Ghost" (2007)
  • "Heaven" (2007)
  • "Imagination" (2008)
  • "Be It All" (2008)
  • "Lost in the Sound" (2009)
  • "Lovesong" (2009)
  • "Closer" (2010)
  • "Awaken" (2011)
  • "It's Too Late" (2011)
  • "High Glow" (2012)
  • "Sky Stand Still" (2014)
  • "Two Souls" (2015)
  • "Dreamweaver" (2015)
  • "Photograph" (2017)
  • "In Ohm" (2017)
  • "Get Me Through the Night" (2017)
  • "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (2018)
  • "Let Him Go" (2019)
  • "No One Else" (2019)
  • "We Belong to the Night" (2019)[10]


  • "Star Children" (2001, as Guardians of the Earth)
  • "One Moon Circling" (2001, as Guardians of the Earth)
  • "As the Rush Comes" (2004, as Motorcycle)
  • "Around You" (2004, as Motorcycle)
  • "Imagination" (2004, as Motorcycle)
  • "Deep, Breath, Love" (2004, as Motorcycle)
  • "Blue Heart" (2006, as Motorcycle)
  • "High Glow" (2007, as Taxigirl with Tiësto)


  • "Everything With You" (2004, with D:Fuse)
  • "Into Me" (2004, with D:fuse)
  • "Talk Like a Stranger" (2004, with Deepsky)
  • "Living the Dream" (2005, with D:fuse)
  • "Ghost" (2006, with Deepsky)
  • "Like a Waterfall" (2006, with Solarstone)
  • "Everything" (2007, with Tiësto)
  • "Ask" (2008, with JJ Flores & Steve Smooth)
  • "My Love" (2009, with Airscape)
  • "Every Other Way" (2009, with BT)
  • "The Light in Things" (2010, with BT)
  • "N.Y.C." (2010, with Richard Durand)
  • "Show Me the Way" (2011, with Allure)
  • "Can't Stop" (2011, with Ronski Speed)
  • "Turn It Around" (2011, with Robbie Rivera)
  • "Flying Blind" (2012, with Cosmic Gate)
  • "In Your Eyes" (2012, with Ferry Corsten)
  • "Before You Go" (2012, with Andy Duguid)
  • "As We Collide" (2012, with Christian Burns and Paul Oakenfold)
  • "Letting Go" (2013, with BT and Fractal)
  • "Tonight" (2013, with BT and tyDi)
  • "Higher Than the Sun" (2013, with Roger Shah and Brian Laruso)
  • "Together" (2013, with ATB)
  • "Hard to Cure" (2013, with ATB)
  • "Right Back to You" (2013, with ATB)
  • "Runaway" (2014, with Cold Blue and Dennis Sheperd)
  • "Glitter and Gold" (2014, with Sunlounger)
  • "YAI (Here We Go Again)" (2015, with Cosmic Gate)
  • "Hold On" (2015, with Shant & Clint Maximus)
  • "Come Back" (2015, with Tom Fall)
  • "Dreaming" (2015, with BT)
  • "Happy" (2015, with Austin Leeds and Redhead Roman)
  • "iBelieve" (2016, with Bobina)
  • "Anything Can Happen" (2016, with Fatum)
  • "Stay" (2016, with Delerium)
  • "Once in a Lifetime" (2016, with Delerium)
  • "Fall Into You" (2016, with Cosmic Gate)
  • "Here & Now" (2017, with Tenishia)
  • "Carry Me Away" (2017, with Game Chasers)
  • "Head On" (2017, with Jochen Miller)
  • "Materia" (2017, with Cosmic Gate)
  • "If Not Now" (2017, with Cosmic Gate)
  • "The One" (2018, with Joonas Hahmo and JS16)
  • "Calling for Love" (2018, with Markus Schulz)
  • "Star-crossed" (2018, with Roger Shah)
  • "Heartbeat Tonight" (2018, with Elevven)
  • "Ghost" (2018, with Elk Road)
  • "Say the Word" (2018, with tyDi)
  • "Fading" (2019, with tyDi)[11]
  • "I Won't Let You Fall" (2019, with Aly & Fila)

Chart positions[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  • Nominated [58th Grammy Awards] Best Remixed Recording; "Hold On" - JES, Shant & Clint Maximus, Fatum Remix[6]


  • Nominated Grammy Awards Best Electronic/Dance Album with BT, "These Hopeful Machines"


  • Nominated Grammy Awards Best Electronic/Dance Album with Tiesto, "Elements of Life"


  • Won WMC Best Progressive / Trance - "As the Rush Comes" - Motorcycle
  • Nominated WMC Best Underground Dance - "As the Rush Comes" - Motorcycle

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Radic, Randy (2017-12-19). "Exclusive Music Video Premiere: 'Fall Into You' – Cosmic Gate & JES Serve Up Enchanting Trance Music". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  2. ^ Sullivan, Paul. "BBC - Music - Review of Tiesto - Elements Of Life". Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  3. ^ "#MYUrbanHunting: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Ups The Ante With A GLA Party Like No Other". Hype Malaysia. 2017-05-26. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  4. ^ Cain-Jackson, Bryan (2014-07-24). "A Sexy Musical Gem Named JES". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  5. ^ First Steps Archived December 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b "Grammy Nominations 2016: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  7. ^ Top of The Pops Archived December 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ EOL Tour[dead link]
  9. ^ Turner, Adam (2019-05-09). "JES: NEW ALBUM "MEMENTO," 5 TRAVEL ESSENTIALS, DIPLO + MORE!". Nexus Radio. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  10. ^ Vargas, Ulises (2019-09-27). "JES drops blissful new single 'We Belong To The Night'". Retrieved 2019-10-03.
  11. ^ "Fading - Single by tyDi on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 13 March 2019.

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