Jess Knights brings together the best elements of alt-country, blues and soul, and spins them into a high-octane amalgam. Her songs feature well-crafted arrangements, top notch musicianship and a voice that effortlessly swings between sultry and gritty. She burst onto the scene in 2018 with her debut EP Won’t Wait and demonstrated a trademark sophistication that still nods to the musical roots she planted in the dimly-lit booze cans of her native Calgary. Won’t Wait was rightfully named by local journalists among that year’s best records. She followed up that success with an even bigger, full-length album in 2020, Best Kind of Light. Made with some of the heaviest of hitters (Donovan Woods and Joey Landreth, to name a few), Knights shares her impatience with lazy suitors, homelessness and political unrest. Soulful without being melodramatic, Knights incorporates gospel, juke joint blues and classic soul with a fresh and inviting vibe that pulls listeners inside the songs rather than have the songs pushed onto them. Calgary’s preeminent soul-roots sweetheart is also Queen of the Lions, though, and she will bite.
Biography by Chantal Vitalis