|Birth name||Jess McAvoy|
11 January 1980 |
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Origin||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Genres||Pop rock, indie, acoustic|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, actor, artist|
Jess McAvoy (born 11 January 1980) is a folk, pop, rock musician who was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. McAvoy has released thirteen self-funded and self-produced studio albums on her own label, Henduwin Music. She has toured extensively across Australia, Europe, Canada, and the United States. She is currently based in New York City.
In 2006, McAvoy released Into the Dark, which was declared Album of the Week by Beat Magazine's Nick Snelling. He wrote, "This is truly a beautiful release. Into the Dark not only crystallizes the gorgeous melancholy of her songwriting, but finally does justice to that wonderful frayed beauty in her voice, that husk versus honey, and the raw introspection of her lyrics. An album to treasure". The album received high accolades from The Age's Clem Bastow, who described McAvoy as "one of the best rootsy female singer-songwriters" and the album as "a stunning spectrum of songs and emotions ... [which] explores the many facets of love and life, and most listeners will find more than a few songs resonating personally".
In 2008, McAvoy's follow up album, As the Sun Falls, also earned rave reviews. Kaz Mitchell from Inpress Magazine (Melbourne) and Drum Media (Sydney) described it as "Her best album to date. Thumbs up to a very cool album filled with plenty of verve". As the Sun Falls features her most popular single, The Sailor. 
In 2011, McAvoy decided to relocate to North America. During her "farewell show" at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne, there were cameos by fellow Australian performers including Liz Stringer and Dallas Frasca who surprised the audience by interpreting their favorite McAvoy songs. During this concert, McAvoy performed a duet version of The Sailor with Wally de Backer (Gotye). This live concert collaboration has proven to be a fan favorite and has received over 33,000 views on YouTube. The band included Cat Canteri (The Stillsons), Suzanne Kinsella and Megan Bernard.
McAvoy currently resides in Brooklyn, where she continues to write, perform and collaborate with other artists.
McAvoy has an older brother, Ben, who is a professional DJ in Australia. She also has a younger sister, Katrina.
Albums (all released on Henduwin Music)
- Deepest Feelings (cassette, 1994)
- Watershed (1997)
- Release (1999)
- Four Short Stories (2001)
- Light Wait (2002)
- En Masse (2004)
- Into the Dark (2006)
- As the Sun Falls (2008)
- Favorite Time of Day (2009)
- Favorite Time of Day (Live at the Wick) DVD release (2010)
- 14 North (2010)
- Somewhere (with Liz Stringer) (2011)
- The Women (2014)
- The Sailor
- McAvoy was nominated at the West Australian Music Industry Awards, including her 1999 track "Girl", which was compiled on the related album, Kiss My WAMi '99.
- Beat Magazine's Album of the Week for Into the Dark
- Australian Council grant recipient
- Short listed for the APRA Professional Development Award
- "'Champagne and Sinners' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 27 December 2012.[permanent dead link]
- Zuel, Bernard (5 October 2004). "Songbird determined to triumph over adversity". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- Kuch, Jesse (4 March 2010). "What a voice". The Cairns Post. News Limited (News Corporation). Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- Barrett, Sue (26 July 2008). "Jess McAvoy – Making Music That's Different, Unique, Important". Jam. NSW Folk Federation. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- Snelling, Nick (August 2006). "Into the Dark". Beat Magazine.
- Bastow, Clem (7 September 2006). "Into the Dark – CD Reviews". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- Clarke, Layla (11 May 2011). "Jess McAvoy announces June farewell show at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne". The AU Review. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
- "Jess McAvoy – Biography". JPlay. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- "'See How I Go' :: Jess McAvoy". OzTrax. ABC Local Radio (Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)). Retrieved 28 December 2012.
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