Jess Ray: Pull the Stars from the Sky

Besides releasing a stellar live single of Jesus Music classic “Easter Song” earlier this year, Jess Ray also completed an album of originals, armed only with her guitar and “recorded in one day in an old mill” according to the liner notes. Ray has one of those melting-chocolate alto voices that you’d be happy to hear singing the phone book, somewhere between Florence Welch and Kim Hill. But she proves herself an adept lyricist as well; “Water Wind Fire” (heard in rock version on an EP last year) explores three different metaphors for the power of God: “We say that you’re consuming. Well, I’m a fool for thinking you would only warm me. You’re going to burn me up.” “The Answer for Every Question” doesn’t just tell us we ought to praise Jesus; it gives us dozens of reasons to do so.

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