A notable performer on the 2014 CCMA® Awards Show live broadcast, Jess dominates the stage with her powerful vocals, country-pop style and infectious smile. Produced by Corey Crowder (Jamie Lynn Spears) and mixed by Scott Cooke (Dallas Smith, Florida Georgia Line), her single “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes” quickly became the highest charting song on the iTunes top 200 singles chart for any Canadian artist. With this second single off of her new 10-track album Light Up The Night, she also achieved GOLD record status in August 2014; becoming the first Canadian female solo country artist to surpass 40,000+ downloads for a song since Shania Twain. She released her single “Used” in September 2014, followed by her latest single “Night We Won’t Forget” on January 30, 2015.
This award-winning songstress has recently toured Canada including performances at the Calgary Stampede, Boots and Hearts and the Big Valley Jamboree. Fans can look forward to Jess’ first national tour, as she opens for Chad Brownlee during the 2015 When The Lights Go Down Canadian tour.
Exclaims Jess, “It was so much fun working with Corey Crowder and John Mark Cappers… never a dull moment. Their hard work and dedication to make this record really put my mind at ease, and I know they worked night and day to make sure we were all 100% happy with this album. Every song on this album is my favourite song!” Following the release of her new album, a ½ hour CMT Canada special, Jess Moskaluke Live at The Edison aired nationwide on April 21, 2014.
Her debut single “Good Lovin’ ” hit #17 on the Canadian country BDS charts, and was featured on the Country Hits 2014 compilation (which has sold over 44,000 units to date). The album debuted at #79 on the pop chart and #10 on the country chart for sales. In April 2014 the same single (“Good Lovin’ ”) also won Song of the Year at the 2014 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards (SCMA), in addition to Jess also receiving both a 2014 SCMA Fan Choice Entertainer of the Year nod and her second consecutive SCMA Female Vocalist of the Year title.
The 3 M’s; Music, Make up and Make-overs!
In celebration of the album release Jess partnered with Sexton In The City, and on the same date introduced her first ever make up line; a limited edition lip gloss collection aptly named Light Up The Night. A collaborative design between owner Natalie Sexton and Jess, the line features six colours, including the “Oh Jessie”. What initially began as a new online offering for her fans (providing make up and beauty tips through YouTube videos), eventually evolved into an exciting 2013 tour. Enjoying time with her fans performing intimate concerts for contest winners, while also giving make overs and beauty tips, Jess got to know her fans on a new, personal level. Organically, relationships grew following this venture, resulting in this new partnership.
Shares Jess, “Natalie and I clicked immediately through our shared passion and love for the process of expressing our creativity through makeup. I am incredibly excited to introduce our new lip gloss line, and to share it with my fans!”
Where her story began…
Her fan base grew quickly with her first indie EP release Cover Up debuting at #5 on the iTunes Canada album charts. The first single “Amen Hallelujah” shook the Canadian radio airwaves and has received over a half a million views on YouTube. Defined by her powerful vocals, in Jess’ words the song is “a fun, up-tempo country song about what it’s like to finally find someone who you’re interested in and have an instant attraction to them. A very country-rock, as opposed to country-pop song, I like to mix it up a bit sometimes!” she says with a mischievous grin. The next few years to follow were a whirlwind for this country artist; a Tyler Ward Featured Artist who rocked the stage on a 45-city tour with his camp throughout North America in 2011.
2012 proved to be another exciting year, as she was chosen to represent Canada and perform at the Country Music Association (CMA) Global Artist Party at “The Stage” to help kick off CMA Fest 2012, in addition to her track “Go Big Or Go Home” featured on the hit TV show Heartland. Following signing with MDM Recordings Inc., in September 2012 she released her debut 8-track EP Catch Me If You Can. A medley of pop-infused country tracks, with 3 tracks produced by award-winning musician Mitch Merrett (2007 Canadian Country Music Award Producer of the Year and Juno nominee). The title track and respective video was picked up by The Family Channel, airing in winter 2014.
John Wayne once said, “courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway,” these words mean everything to Jess. She can still hear her father sharing this, encouraging her as she contemplated what the future might hold. Sadly, he passed away in 2006 after a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis, but his memory lives on in her music. In reflection Jess shares, “My dad is my hero for teaching me how to be brave, and that being brave is not the absence of fear, but rather in the presence of fear possessing the ability to overcome such emotions and persevere.” An interesting aside, if it wasn’t for her parents support and encouragement, her future may have been very different as Jess confesses, “I would have been a parole officer!”
A proud resident of Langenburg, Saskatchewan, in February 2014 she participated in the Telemiracle CTV broadcast, which raised over $5 million dollars for the Kinsmen Foundation to aid Saskatchewan residents to access special needs equipment and medical assistance. A self-proclaimed nighthawk the road is her oyster; late night gigs and travel schedules do not faze this budding talent. When she is not on the road touring, Jess primarily splits her time between her home base in Saskatchewan (with her puppy Shya!), Canada and the US, writing in Nashville.