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Jes Gilman

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Jes Gilman is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter from the intensely musical city of Minneapolis. Though listed as a solo project; Jes would tell you his band consists of two members: himself, and his guitar Fiona. Marked by mellow acoustic tones, a haunting falsetto and insightful lyrics, Jes dares to ask the questions that burn in all of our hearts – questions about life, love, pain and death. His songs range from cautiously joyful to unapologetically melancholic in their stance on life.

Hailing from the inner city of Minneapolis, Jes draws from a wealth of life experience and perspective uncommon for someone his age. Getting his start in music at the age of fifteen, he performed lead vocals and wrote lyrics for punk outfit Smock, which never quite made it out of the house party scene. When the group broke up six months later, Jes took a long-term hiatus from music until picking up classical guitar in his second year of college. A few years later he met Fiona and the pair began to write music together. Fiona originates from Virginia, where she was found abandoned in an alleyway and restored by tender, loving hands. Her dark beauty and sordid past serve as inspiration for the self-titled song Fiona.

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