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Courtney Jaye

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Shaped by a life spent traveling and observing sounds and styles from all around the US, Nashville-based troubadour Courtney Jaye boasts a personality as massive as the hooks on her latest long player, Love and Forgiveness.

Born in Pittsburgh and raised in Atlanta, Jaye followed her restless heart to such rich cultural settings as Athens, GA, Flagstaff, AZ, Austin, Southern California, and the Hawaiian island of Kauai, before settling in Nashville. Along the way she’s collaborated with the likes of Thad Cockrell, Kristen Hall (Sugarland), Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Matthew Sweet, comedian Stephen Lynch and members of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. That broad range of experience and musical interests comes together beautifully on Love and Forgiveness.

Jaye’s latest LP is her third full-length, the follow-up to 2010’s tropical-tinged fusion of alt-country and classic pop, The Exotic Sounds of Courtney Jaye. The diverse souls and sounds Courtney has encountered along her journey have influenced her idiosyncratic brand of tropical, ’70s-inspired roots-y pop just as much as heroes like Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, The Band and Fleetwood Mac have. Recasting those influences Jaye aims to recapture the timeless qualities of a golden era. “I’ve always wanted to find a way to not be afraid of pop,” she says. “I’m done apologizing for writing big songs — I don’t want to be afraid of that. That’s the music I love.”

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