For those out there (like yours truly!) who loved ABC-TV’s short lived live-vote talent competition show Rising Star in the summer of 2014 (not to be confused with eCO’s annual Rising Stars Honors list, BTW), we have been waiting what seems like FOREVER for the debut release by the show’s one and only winner, the unbelievably talented Jesse Kinch. Now almost FOUR YEARS LATER, Kinch’s debut album is about to launch, and hopefully will explode on impact when it hit stores.
At the time, 20-year-old Kinch blew America away with his powerful and stunning voice and go-to guitar skills, and its been a long wait, but it’s bound to have been worth it. The first single, “Preaching Like The Pope“, backed with his incredible reading of Chris Cornell’s rearrangement of the classic Michael Jackson hit “Billie Jean“, is out now on digital services, with the vinyl of the full album due out on Record Store Day April 21st (Kinch is a huge proponent of both vinyl and record stores) and the CD and digital release scheduled for June 1 on Curb Records.
The press release follows, along with a link to the video for the single…trust me, if you haven’t heard Jesse yet…you are going to LOVE THIS GUY!!!
Jesse Kinch has announced his long-awaited full-length debut, I’m Not Like Everybody Else, set to release on June 1st via Curb Records. A special edition vinyl of the album will be available to celebrate Record Store Day and Kinch‘s Record Store Tour. The record includes original songs, and Kinch‘s unique takes on covers of iconic songs such as “Billie Jean.” For more information, please visit: http://www.jessekinch.com/.
With excitement towards to upcoming release of his debut album, Kinch explains, “This album truly represents me as an artist, and embodies the many greats who have paved they way and have lent me their inspiration. Most importantly, this album is true to my vision and all those who have loved, supported, and believed in me throughout this long journey.”
Since winning the first and only season of ABC’s Rising Star singing competition series, Kinch has been working to craft the sound that gave him success on the show, and on a debut album that reflects his artistic integrity.
Kinch‘s sound is an ode to the classic rock giants that came before him, but also artfully combines his diverse inspiration from artists across an array of genres. An early exposure to opera artists Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman gave him a deep appreciation for the “pureness and beauty” of music. At the same time, Kinch was listening to the unique vocal styles of artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder, who further inspired him. Eventually, he picked up an acoustic guitar at age 6 and began performing at age 11, leading him to venues in New York City and the role of the title character in the off-Broadway musical The Story of Eddie Money.
His win on Rising Star at age 20 gave him the platform to continue his cross-generation brand of songwriting and performing. From soulful covers of classics like “I Put A Spell On You” to the more contemporary “Seven Nation Army,” Kinch was able to introduce old school rock to a young audience during his time on the show. With his full-length album, he continues to infuse modern elements of rock into his songwriting and covers.
Next month, Kinch will embark on a Record Store Tour, including stops in: New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
I’m Not Like Everybody Else is set to release on June 1st, 2018 via Curb Records. For more information, please visit: http://www.jessekinch.com/.
I’m Not Like Everybody Else Tracklisting:
01. Preaching Like The Pope
02. How Do I Reach You (The Last Veil)
03. I’m Not Like Everybody Else
04. After All These Lovers
05. I’m A Man
06. Rain On The Dog
07. Masami (The Elegant Beauty)
08. No Reason At All
09. Nighttime New York City
10. Billie Jean
11. I Put A Spell On You
12. This Boy
Here’s the video – ENJOY!
Also published on Medium.