Updated: Apr 4, 2020
By: I.S. Jones
Funky, ecletic, soulful, and sensual, R&B singer Jessica Childress moves us with her freeing single “Far Away”. Produced by Alex Elena (Alice Smith and Citizen Cope) and Topher Mohr (guitarist for Mayer Hawthorne), the sonic magic of “Far Away” is a unique combination of traditional soul and modern pop music, inspired by the shimmery club jams of late-70s disco.
The singer herself is an LA-based songwriter who gained national notoriety while on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Voice” and as the backup singer for well renowned musician, Allen Stone. Her own work is reminiscent of the golden age of classic soul, with Diana Ross soul and Donna Summer’s addictive nature.
Since “The Voice”, she has supported national acts including Gavin DeGraw, Fitz and the Tantrums. In addition, Childress has also shared the stage with greats such as Richie Sambora, Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum and OAR.
For her debut album, which is slated for release in the spring of 2017, Childress worked with producer/drummer Alex Elena (Alice Smith, Citizen Cope) and producer/guitarist Topher Mohr (Mayer Hawthorne) at M15 West. The singer recently opened for Allen Stone on several sold out shows in Southern California as well as Charles Bradley in northern California.
In the video for the singer “Far Away”, Childress takes viewers on journey through iconic LA landscapes while exploring themes of escapism and even suicide. The video was directed by Michael Wild (official Cannes & Sundance showcases) and produced by Juel Concepts (winner of Clio Advertising award). As a Cali girl myself, this stunning video made me homesick for the whimsical and ethereal joy of coming a state that never knows cold (or rain). Childress’s song opens up a space to indulge in the impulsive joy of youth. Her impressive song debuted #2 on iTunes Hot Tracks and Apple Music.