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Songs of great sincerity and palpable emotional depth, anthems of revelrous celebration, ballads where darkness encounters the light, and psalms of earnest love; these are the kinds of musical expressions Vess has been writing his whole life and now, with the help of producer Michael Finster, this combination of lyrical strength intertwines with an orchestral-like vibrancy to deliver Vess’ new album Shadows

 

With Shadows, Vess emerges from the dense fog of a fatally shallow pop culture to deliver a timely message: Love is real, it’s eternal and it’s worth fighting for. Shadows is the culmination of one man’s journey with love, self-doubt, redemption and the divine. 

 

These are the themes that weigh heavy on the mind of a seasoned troubadour like Vess, a man who has spent his life honing his craft. Born and raised in North Carolina, he spent his formative years on the coast, calling Cape Hatteras home for many years.  But his NC roots spread wide as much of his family are from the mountains, while he himself resides now in the central part of the state in Salisbury, NC with his wife and baby daughter.  

 

Free in his sonic exploration, the sounds emanating from Vess’ songs are of a tone one would find in a cinematic production. In his songs the musical stage is lavishly set for imaginative stories that are deeply captivating in their honesty; his music is heavy with this kind of harmonious effervescence that satisfies the soul and yet tantalizes the imagination to leave it aching for an expansive journey beyond our current horizon. It is happily devoid of myopic superficiality and instead, is filled with sustenant hope even in its darkest moments. 

 

“Never Leave You Alone”, the first single from Shadows, is a haunting melody that leaves you both comforted by a promise that "love will never leave you…” and yet stirs an uneasiness in our psyche as we wrestle with the concept of commitment from a love that will be constantly lurking even if we run away. 

 

From the soaring ethereal glow of “Scaring The Dark”, to the uplifting neo-gospel exultation of “Warm Heart, Thick Skin”, Vess’ lyrics and music pull you out of the pablum of the ordinary and invites you into a new world, a more hopeful world, where true love is real, and eternity is near. Vess creates a refreshing art that is as unabashedly authentic as it is spellbinding. 

 

Bio credit: John Littlefield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Never Leave You Alone (available May 11, 2018)

by Vess

“Never Leave You Alone”, the first single from Shadows, is a haunting melody that leaves you both comforted by a promise that "love will never leave you…” and yet stirs an uneasiness in our psyche as we wrestle with the concept of commitment from a love that will be constantly lurking even if we run away. 

Story behind Never Leave You Alone

When I sat down at a piano to write the song Never Leave You Alone, it was less of an attempt to write a song and more of an effort to alleviate some pain and stress.  A lot the songs from this album were like that, mini self-reflection sessions that came out as diary entries with confessions like “love, has never come easy. It’s always been a struggle for me...”

Some people I had really trusted treated me and my family very badly. It left me reeling and very disoriented like I had lost the way. 

I was trying to find the truth in my thoughts, sifting through anger and weighing what was right and what was wrong in my motives and feelings. That time in my life felt like a dark hallway I was stumbling down and I was just trying to feel my way around until I could see some light so I could get back to the life I loved. 

In the end the pain of my moment exposed the lack of love I had towards others that treated me wrong. It showed me my desire to please people would never be satisfied so I decided to starve that desire to please people and instead devote my attention to chasing this elusive greater love, a love that absorbs blows and retaliates with kindness. One that could receive harsh words and return with sincere affection and a desire for peace and reconciliation. It’s “a battle one can only progress on their knees.” 

Sometimes this love is elusive like seeing a specter in a dream or vision and other times this love is as tangible as electricity, you just have to find the source of its power. When I found that, the light came on again in my life.   

 

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Never Leave You Alone (Single) 

Set for release May 11, 2018

single from upcoming album Shadows, titled "Never Leave You Alone" to be released May 11th of 2018

“Never Leave You Alone”, the first single from Shadows, is a haunting melody that leaves you both comforted by a promise that "love will never leave you…” and yet stirs an uneasiness in our psyche as we wrestle with the concept of commitment from a love that will be constantly lurking even if we run away. 


Full Length album Shadows by Vess 

Album Releases TBA

Vess' first full-length album titled SHADOWS will be released later this year.  This  contemplative collection of songs were produced by Michael Finster of MHTC Productions & Charlotte indie band Flagship in Snug Records Studio in Faith, NC June 1st, 2018. Sign up for the newsletter to get updates on the album's release later this year!  

 New Album "Shadows" by Vess

New Album "Shadows" by Vess


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music video on the ganges River, India

Vess' trip to Varanasi, India in November of 2017 resulted in a music video for his song "The River" on the Ganges River by videographer Daniel B.