11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Better known as one half of the Wreckers, Jessica Harp’s debut solo album may also be her final one. Following the release of A Woman Needs, the Nashville tunesmith announced her choice to eschew performing for songwriting, and from the get-go of the instantly likeable opening title track, it’s obvious that songwriting is Harp’s strength. It’s not that she can’t sing — her crystalline voice is so awesome that at times she sounds like a long lost Dixie Chick. But her knack for narratives, razor-barbed melodies, and soaring upbeat affirmations all combine magically to make for the kinds of unforgettable tunes gracing A Woman Needs. “Boy Like Me” leans on clever wordplay and a flirty tomboy tone that saunters around Americana rock with spirited harmonies. And speaking of harmonies, Vince Gill lends his to “Homemade Love,” a sweet little sing-along number. If twangy ballads are your thing, “Letting Go” is one powerhouse of a serenade that celebrates the emotional strength that can only be acquired from moving on. Song for song, A Woman Needs is a strong album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Better known as one half of the Wreckers, Jessica Harp’s debut solo album may also be her final one. Following the release of A Woman Needs, the Nashville tunesmith announced her choice to eschew performing for songwriting, and from the get-go of the instantly likeable opening title track, it’s obvious that songwriting is Harp’s strength. It’s not that she can’t sing — her crystalline voice is so awesome that at times she sounds like a long lost Dixie Chick. But her knack for narratives, razor-barbed melodies, and soaring upbeat affirmations all combine magically to make for the kinds of unforgettable tunes gracing A Woman Needs. “Boy Like Me” leans on clever wordplay and a flirty tomboy tone that saunters around Americana rock with spirited harmonies. And speaking of harmonies, Vince Gill lends his to “Homemade Love,” a sweet little sing-along number. If twangy ballads are your thing, “Letting Go” is one powerhouse of a serenade that celebrates the emotional strength that can only be acquired from moving on. Song for song, A Woman Needs is a strong album.

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About Jessica Harp

Best known for being one half of the country roots duo the Wreckers with friend Michelle Branch, Jessica Harp put music at the center of things from a very early age. Born on February 3, 1982 in Kansas City, MO, Harp was already singing by the age of three, writing song lyrics by the age of eight, and playing guitar by the time she was 13. Music was inclusive for Harp, and in 2002 she released an independent solo album called Preface, which unfortunately didn't make much of a stir. While working as a singer and songwriter in Nashville, Harp began singing backup for Branch, and when Branch opted to take a break from her solo career in 2004, joined her in the duo the Wreckers. Harp's country edge meshed nicely with Branch's pop approach, and the Wreckers were a success from day one. A debut album, Stand Still, Look Pretty, appeared in 2006 from Maverick Records, followed by a live set, Way Back Home: Live from New York City, a year later in 2007. That same year, Harp and Branch announced that they were putting the Wreckers on hold and concentrating on solo projects. Harp married Jason Mowery, the Wreckers' fiddle player, in 2008. Her solo project, A Woman Needs, produced by Jerry Flowers and featuring Vince Gill and Keith Urban in guest spots, appeared in 2009 from Warner Bros. Nashville. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Kansas City, MO
  • BORN
    February 3, 1982

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