RIYL: Bonnie Prince Billy, Iron & Wine, Father John Misty
Jesse Speed -his real name- is a Montreal based singer-songwriter who is originally from the rural township of Hinchinbrooke in the South-West of Quebec. He submersed himself in songwriting after an ultra-conventional 9 to 5 job made him question his beliefs and focus on what became truly important to him. His sound has been compared to American folk artists Bonnie Prince Billy, Iron and Wine and Father John Misty. His lyrics are bleak yet present a clearly liberating thread of articulations about the archetypes of modern life.
His debut EP Shepherd's Call shines with its raw and minimalist sound, making it perfectly transposable to the stage for a strikingly honest performance. Jesse has performed at Folk Alliance 2015 in Kansas City, the Montreal Folk Festival and the renowned emerging arts festival Zone Homa. He has opened for Safia Nolin, Tire le coyote and Jordan Officer. With a long list of shows in Montreal and the surrounding regions of Quebec, his catalogue of collaborations includes many artists like Megan Nash, Daniel Isaiah and Old Cabin.
"Jesse Speed's music is strikingly honest, thoughtfully crafted, and beautifully sung."
Brooklyn Doran - KickDrum
"I would say that Jesse Speed is Quebec’s Bonnie Prince Billy."
Mélissa Maya Falkenberg - Folk Toi Folk Moi
"You can hear and feel the heart and soul that was put into it. The instrumental and the vocals compliment each other the way a good folk album should. Jesse’s guitar playing is skillful and full of melody, and his vocals carry without being overpowering. I would certainly recommend it to folk fans"
Joey Beaudin - Bucketlist Music Reviews