Jessi McNeal - Raised in rural Washington state in the log house built by her parents, Jessi McNeal has been singing and writing songs in some shape or form for most of her life. Simple hymns and old country tunes formed the soundtrack of her childhood, and her ear for melody and love of storytelling developed at an early age.
Stylistically, Jessi draws heavily from Americana, bluegrass and folk traditions in both her lyrics and music. The landscapes of country life weave their way into her songs, in an easy style with warm imagery. But she also doesn’t shy away from hard subjects like grief and loss, and finds that songwriting is a soothing balm for many wounds. Her faith is also a constant underlying theme in much of her music, with stories of hope and redemption running deep.
Jessi’s newest album “Promised Land” was released on June 2, 2015 and was produced by Ryan McAllister (Brian Doerksen, Tim Neufeld) at Five Acres Studio in B.C., Canada. Set against a backdrop of swooning dobro and pedal steel lead lines, the record tells a hopeful and honest narrative about both hardship and hope, often in the same breath. Songs rooted in the dead winter of grief keep company with full-hearted moments around a campfire, a reminder that the movement from one season to the next isn't always a clear cut path.
She is currently working on a new album produced by McAllister set to be released in August 2019.
Jessi's music has been featured on UTR Media and on No Depression's Freight Train Boogie. She has shared the stage with The Vespers and SHEL, and has opened for Megan Burtt and Shawn McDonald
Jessi and her husband have four children, and they make their home north of Seattle in the Skagit Valley on their five-acre farm.