Love and Forgiveness by Courtney Jaye on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Love and Forgiveness captures a positive spirit tempered by hard times and near-disasters. After recovering from a serious car accident, this Nashville-based singer/songwriter went into the studio with producer Mike Wrucke (Miranda Lambert, David Nail) to record an album harkening back to the ‘70s heyday of L.A. country-rock. Layered vocals, chiming guitars, and summery tempos give this album a breezy yet wistful feel, combining radio-friendly accessibility with heartfelt confession. Jaye’s songs (cowritten with such notables as Thad Cockrell and Sugarland’s Kristen Hall) recall the romantic sensibilities of Karla Bonoff, Jackson Browne, and similar Laurel Canyon troubadours. Tracks such as “Say Oh Say,” “Summer Rain," and “Every Time We Say Goodbye” shade their bright, ear-snagging choruses with hints of melancholy and yearning. The staggering, Levon Helm–like drums in “One Way Conversation” and the swooning pedal steel guitar in “Stars and Skies” are among the tasty sonic details here. Most importantly, Jaye’s supple vocals—warmly caressing with an aching edge—deliver these songs of gratitude and renewal with conviction.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Love and Forgiveness captures a positive spirit tempered by hard times and near-disasters. After recovering from a serious car accident, this Nashville-based singer/songwriter went into the studio with producer Mike Wrucke (Miranda Lambert, David Nail) to record an album harkening back to the ‘70s heyday of L.A. country-rock. Layered vocals, chiming guitars, and summery tempos give this album a breezy yet wistful feel, combining radio-friendly accessibility with heartfelt confession. Jaye’s songs (cowritten with such notables as Thad Cockrell and Sugarland’s Kristen Hall) recall the romantic sensibilities of Karla Bonoff, Jackson Browne, and similar Laurel Canyon troubadours. Tracks such as “Say Oh Say,” “Summer Rain," and “Every Time We Say Goodbye” shade their bright, ear-snagging choruses with hints of melancholy and yearning. The staggering, Levon Helm–like drums in “One Way Conversation” and the swooning pedal steel guitar in “Stars and Skies” are among the tasty sonic details here. Most importantly, Jaye’s supple vocals—warmly caressing with an aching edge—deliver these songs of gratitude and renewal with conviction.

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About Courtney Jaye

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, singer/songwriter Courtney Jaye moved to Atlanta during her formative high school years and began writing songs after a friend's untimely death. She traveled extensively after graduation, spending her days working as an acupuncturist in Flagstaff, AZ, and playing in a band at night. She then found herself on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where she developed an affinity for the region's fluid rhythms and laid-back atmosphere. It wasn't until Jaye returned to the mainland and temporarily settled in Georgia that the music she absorbed in Hawaii began to influence her songwriting, however. Athens provided the young artist with her first love and a vibrant, influential music scene. She then relocated once more -- this time to Austin, TX -- where she and her partner went their separate ways, thus leaving Jaye with a bottomless well of emotions to write about.

Courtney was signed on the spot after a mutual friend managed to set up an audition with several A&R executives at Island Def Jam Music Group. She made her major label debut with 2005's Traveling Light, and several of her songs found their way onto TV programs like Laguna Beach and One Tree Hill. Her partnership with Island proved to be short-lived, however, and she spent the rest of the decade issuing independent albums like 2007's Who'll Stop the Rain. The Exotic Sounds of Courtney Jaye, her most accomplished album to date, followed in 2010, featuring a duet with Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell, mixing by Guster's Joe Pisapia, and a combination of Laurel Canyon folk and tropical pop. Meanwhile, Jaye kept herself busy by collaborating with artists like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, whose 2010 release featured her vocals on one track. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Pittsburgh, PA

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