Waiting To Leave - Jessica Lee Morgan
Our next LCM featured artist is the very talented London based singer-songwriter Jessica Lee Morgan who has a very rich musical heritage. The multi-talented Jess is the daughter of Welsh singer Mary Hopkin and American Italian producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex, The Moody Blues, Kaiser Chiefs etc). Jess was raised on a wholesome wholesome mix of folk and rock. Her on-stage style is honest yet playful, with songs and a voice that come from the heart. Jess has also worked in fields such as health and social care, with people from all sorts of backgrounds and this reflects in her songwriting. Jess is releasing her new second album 'Around The Block' on her birthday the 16th June. Our LCM #TrackOfTheDay 'Waiting To Leave' released on the 9th June, is a taster of the new album and the first single to be released.
All Jessica's own work, 'Around The Block' is a return to her acoustic roots. Jessica sings, plays guitar, saxophone, ukulele and kazoo. She is supported by Christian Thomas on bass and Simon Adams on drums and percussion, with guest appearances from her brother Morgan Visconti, Paul Cuddeford (Holy Holy, Bob Geldof, Ian Hunter) and Jules Hay.
Around The Block is a completely acoustic album. This is in contrast to her previous album release 'I Am Not', which was an eclectic mix of acoustic and electronic music. Jessica co-produced the album with partner Christian Thomas, who recorded and mixed the album.
Jessica said "I wanted to have a more organic feel to this album. I felt that I wanted to break away from the rigid formality of a studio album, so wherever possible, we recorded in different places. Most of the guitars were tracked in our mobile recording studio in an orchard in Ross on Wye, and the saxophones were recorded on the A470 to Brecon!"
The album ends with 'This Is My Love Song'. Originally an electronic track on I Am Not, this live version was recorded on tour in the USA and features Christian, Morgan, and Tony Visconti on backing vocals.
Jessica toured with Bowie supergroup 'Holy Holy' in March and April 2017, alongside her father Tony Visconti, Woody Woodmansey (Spiders from Mars) and Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), as well as Paul Cuddeford, James Stevenson and Berenice Scott. Jessica sings and plays saxophone, 12-string guitar and percussion in the band.