LINCROFT, NJ – The Earth Room Concerts music series at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County (UUCMC) in Lincroft, NJ presents its next concert on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 PM, featuring singer-songwriter Jesse Terry. The UUCMC series, named for the attractive stained glass in the sanctuary where concerts are held, brings excellent contemporary folk and singer-songwriter artists to Monmouth County.
Jesse Terry is a singer-songwriter with an uncanny ability to weave tales of travel and homecoming, of sorrow and of redemption, into songs that are simultaneously timeless and fresh. Home is now the coastal village of Stonington, Connecticut, but Terry’s music reflects an amalgam of influences, from Nashville to Laurel Canyon. His melodic and lyrically-driven Americana fits naturally on a playlist between cuts from Josh Ritter, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams and Neil Young.
Terry’s star is on the rise. Through the course of his first four releases, The Runner (2009), Empty Seat On a Plane (2012), Stay Here With Me (2013), and The Calm & The Storm (2015), Terry draws from a wellspring of emotional depth and combines it with performance skills honed over hundreds of shows and hundreds of thousands of miles on the road. The result is a palette ranging from poetic ballads to up-tempo, rootsy pieces, always beautifully crafted and displaying sweet wistfulness and heartache. This is music that explores the contrast of light and dark, with a core that is timeless and authentic. A gentle warmth runs through Terry’s voice, and his lyrics, while grounded in gritty wisdom acquired through years on the road, offer up hope for a kinder tomorrow.
Terry’s new album Stargazer (2017) is a step forward, lushly orchestrated and existentially optimistic, paying tribute musically to influences such as The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and ELO, while retaining his singer-songwriter roots. It’s brought Jesse increased visibility, including being played in Starbucks stores.
Terry has an undeniable talent for connecting with his audience – to share stories that are personal, yet utterly relatable – to create a sense of home, even among the strangers he meets on the road. And that is the gift of Terry’s music — in a song, he gives us a promise of a place to call our own.
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Earth Room Concerts at UUCMC schedules 5-7 concerts each year. For more information and tickets, see web site http://earthroomconcerts.org. Tickets in advance are $20, and $25 at the door. The venue address is 1475 West Front Street, Lincroft.