Saturday, April 5, 2014

GROUND LEVEL

Hello there!

I am very proud to announce that I will be releasing my self-titled debut album on the 14/4/2014. The album has 10 songs on it and was recorded over the last two years by friends and myself. Since starting this blog in 2011 I have learnt so much about the art and science of the recording process as well as the creative process, and I hope the album reflects this moment in time.

This project wouldn't have been possible without the belief and expertise of: James Jelliffe, Sean Van Gennip, Jared Adlam, Nick Rigby, Josh MacPhee, Christopher Ambrose, Leah Tharlai, Emily Hosking, Ryan Miller, Zachary Miller, Brodie Graham, Joshua King, Lachlan Bambach and Dale Prinsse.

Here's the album cover, photography by Cynthia Lee and graphic design by Renee Shackell.


The first song on the album is called Nowhere and you can check out it's lyric video below!


I saw an artwork today and it had in big letters on it -"YOU HAVE TO BURN TO SHINE" - this made me smile a lot. :)


Jessie Ryan-Allen    

  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

THE SECRET LIFE OF

Hello there!

The last few weeks have resulted in some metaphoric bow tying of lose ends.

The latest episode of JRA:TV is my graduate showcase from studying popular music at the Queensland Conservatorium. It was a very special night, the friends I have made over the last three years are truly my most prized treasure.

I shared the stage that night with Nathan Ortado (Bass Guitar) and James Jelliffe (Drums).

In every sense of the word the lryic video I created for my song Nowhere, is a bedroom creation. I'm not really a fan of many lyric video ideas but it is certainly is a great way to share your lyrics in an engaging way. Hopefully I brought some JRA flare to the format in the exhibit below.



See you soon friends, the fruits of my secret life will be revealed at ground level.




Jessie Ryan-Allen



Sunday, December 22, 2013

DEEPER WATER

Hello there!

It's been a while between drinks but here I am :)

Thought I might put down some of my favourites things at the moment to get us reacquainted -

Film: Blue Jasmine

Song: Deeper Water by Paul Kelly

TV: Heartland and Doctor Who

Music Festival: Woodford Folk Festival

Book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Here's some pictures from my latest band show which was at The Gold Coast Arts Centre - it was a special night :)


Above (left to right): Nathan Ortado (Bass Guitar), James Jelliffe (Drums) and Jessie Ryan-Allen (Guitar & Vocals).

Below is the video clip of the latest release from Lost Luise (my studio side project). It was shot at the spit on the Gold Coast. "Nostalgia is no one's friend, but it is at all the parties"  


Here are some pictures from my interview on ABC Coast FM Gold Coast on location at the Kirra Kite Festival and my performance.


I've had an action packed year full of many challenges and achievements. I've discovered more about the light and shade of life and as always it has resulted in many songs. So here I am ready for the deeper water of 2014 to find me at the bottom of the ocean, making music.



Jessie Ryan-Allen



Friday, May 10, 2013

THE RETURN

Hello there,

I haven't forgotten about you, I promise... so here I am, to catch you up on the happenings since last we spoke.

Played a couple of acoustic shows earlier in the year, which were fun it's always great to perform in an intimate setting. I tried out some onstage chat in German a first for a JRA show... didn't screw up the pronunciation which is always good. :)

Here's a picture from my acoustic show at Room 60 in March where I road tested one of my new songs which I just recorded with a bunch friends who are amazing musicans, check out their music you won't regret it -
Tall Tails - soundcloud.com/talltails
Brodie Graham Band - brodiegraham.fm/
Josh King (engineer/producer) - twitter.com/jbking93

I now have twitter, if you care to follow me - I will hopefully lead you somewhere interesting.
 twitter.com/jessieryanallen
Continuing on the technology report, I am now a ".com" -come visit  jessieryanallen.com

Lately I have been filming with some Griffith Film School students for a music documentary. During a visit to the film school I saw Jessica Watson's boat Pink Lady, which was pretty awesome!

I recently recorded a cover of the Crowded House song, Distant Sun which is currently getting mixed. I can't wait you share it with you all! Distant Sun is an amazing song, Neil Finn is really something. While on the topic both the Finn Brothers are bloody brilliant [Harry Potter reference].

You never know what is around the corner, so be ready for those ninety degree angles.


Jessie Ryan-Allen


Monday, December 31, 2012

BY DESIGN

Hello there! :)

Below is the fantastic film by my cousin Sean Ryan, a videographer, of my band set at Caloundra Music Festival 2012. You can check out more of Sean's work at, http://sean-ryan.com.au/


Thought I might share one of the most brilliant things I've ever heard......


I have got some acoustic shows coming up at some stellar venues, hope to see you there!

Sol Bar - 11th of January
Sol Bar - 26th of January
Room 60 - 21st of March

Happy New Year everyone, the sands of time are slipping by!


Jessie Ryan-Allen


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

LUCKY ME

Hey everyone!

Since we last spoke I've been going pretty flat out, although I am slowing down now.
Did some filming with the crew of Verse Chorus Bridge TV a few weeks ago which was fun, and got to briefly meet an amazing musician by the name of Emma Dean. I'm not sure when the episode I'm in will be airing (on Channel 31 Brisbane), but I'll let you know before the broadcast. :)

I'm planning an acoustic tour for over the summer, which will be very fun - itching to play some more shows!!

Went to the most incredible show I've ever seen, imagine your favourite mega band/artist who only play stadiums these days (like Coldplay) and then imagine being in a small cosy venue in the front row on a couch listening to them. That's pretty much what it was like for me when I saw Butterfly Boucher and her band play. The best ever. [see pictures :) ]

Just a short hello today. :)

The trick to magic is knowing how to use it.
The trick to luck is knowing how to make it.

Jessie Ryan-Allen




Friday, October 26, 2012

PERFECT TIMING

Hey everyone!!

Here are some shots from my band and acoustic performances I did at the Caloundra Music Festival!!!
Just some of the highlights were meeting Mama Kin and watching Trombone Shorty & the New Orleans Avenue (pictured below) play side of stage! The picture below is a bit of a freak of nature, but somehow one of five beach balls I had on the Sand Stage as stage props made its way all the way to the main stage and then got thrown onstage by the packed out crowd!!! ..oh and somehow the split second it came onto the stage one of the festival's photographers was lining up a great photo only to be bombed by MY beach ball.    

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This photo pretty much sums up the wonderful and out there day I had performing at the festival. Pictured above, Michael Cole, Jessie Ryan-Allen, James Jelliffe (left to right).

Below is a picture from my acoustic set at the Songwriter's Stage, it was directly next to the main stage which was pretty cool.

Over the three days of the festival I was lucky enough to catch some great performances by Mama Kin, The Beards, Trombone Shorty & the New Orleans Avenue (these guys blew my mind, think heavy rock band and a brass band at the same time!) and Chase The Sun (who I have seen before, in my imagination they're like an Australian version of Cream almost...) :)

Two new episodes of JRA:TV are up, episode 9 is of my ABC radio interview promoting the festival and episode 10 is some live video from the Spring Tour's show at The Loft.





After the release of my first single from my studio side project, Lost Luise - 'The Night' now has a video clip which you can check out below!

Silhouetted in perfect timing,

Jessie Ryan-Allen