Jess Merritt & The Understorey
February 13, 2023 @ 8:00 pm $20
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Jess Merritt is a Michigan singer-songwriter whose rich, soulful vocals bring listeners on a spirited journey through life’s truths – the joys, the trials and the “what is yet to be.” Refusing to submit to a single genre, she pulls sounds from jazz, soul, classical, pop and R&B styles while cutting new paths with infusions of electronic beats and elevated harmonies. She finds inspiration in the natural world around her and the unapologetic roots which she has grown from. These influences blossom in expressions of self-discovery through her music and her many creative pursuits, from weaving fallen saplings into expansive land sculptures, to fiber art and furniture restoration.
The limitlessness of curiosity energizes Jess’s adventurous spirit to continually push creative boundaries that awaken her audience and connect more deeply with the human experience. Over the past decade, Jess has performed at intimate venues and festivals across Michigan and has joined some of the state’s greatest grassroots artists. Jess will be joined by The Understorey, composed of longtime collaborators Jenny Jones, Josef Deas, and Brennan Duncan Andes plus special guests.